Manoj Nath

Local Development/Community Driven Development Specialist

Manoj has over 25 years’ experience as an anthropologist studying and practicing development with an inter-disciplinary approach. He has managed different responsibilities in international development, with specialization in community driven development (CDD). He has worked in India, Sri-Lanka, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vanuatu. Many of these inputs were in large bilateral and multilateral programs, as well as consultancies for donors and national Governments. The blend of a social anthropology background and international development experience has given him a unique insight into developing CDD and community development approaches and building partnerships between various stakeholders for local and institutional capacity development. His core areas of experience include program design and planning for local/community driven development; development of systems training and institutional capacity building of government; advisory support for policy development and strategic planning; program coordination and convergence involving multiple stakeholders; and program monitoring and evaluation. Manoj has worked in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion, local governance, natural resource management, climate change, resettlement and rehabilitation, and community education. He speaks fluent English, Hindi and Oriya, as well as varying capacity in Tetum, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali and Bahasa Indonesia. Manoj holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from India, has carried out research as a visiting scholar in Catholic University Belgium, and has both published and unpublished writing to his credit. Manoj is one of the founding members of RMI, established in early 2014.