South North Knowledge Transfer

In its efforts to practice effective knowledge management, IDS Nepal has also been involved in the engagement of international volunteers from various developed countries. Among other sources, the organization has received volunteers through the Uniterra, Leave for Change and Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) programs. To date, fifteen volunteers have worked alongside IDS Nepal. In this process, volunteers have contributed to the organization’s progress with work in the fields of business development, climate change, renewable energy promotion, communication and institutional development.

Uniterra is a Canadian program established jointly by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the International Centre for Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Uniterra has paired eight volunteers with IDS Nepal to build capacity and share knowledge:

  • Monica Pukas, Organizational Development Advisor (March 2008 – March 2009)
  • Kelly Fraser, Communication Advisor (September 2008 – August 2009)
  • John Ingram, Internship Coordinator (April 2010 – October 2010)
  • Karen Barkley, Internship Coordinator (April 2010 – October 2010)
  • Sima Javid, Renewable Energy Promotion Advisor (December 2011 – November 2012)
  • Nafisa Kassam, Documentation Intern (September 2012 – April 2013)
  • Rudra Bahadur Raya, Climate Change Advisor (September 2012 – March 2013)
  • Darrelle Moffat, Documentation Intern (September 2013 – April 2014)

Leave for Change is run through the Uniterra program. This program pairs corporate employees with organizations for three to four weeks to share knowledge and skills from successful corporations. Four Leave for Change volunteers have been partnered with IDS Nepal:

  • Roberta Carter, Web Designer (October 3 – October 24 2009)
  • Diana Consell, Business/Marketing Advisor (February 2 – 20, 2011)
  • Rada Baljak, Business Development Advisor (November 5 – 27, 2011)
  • Kibae Park, Communication Advisor (June 8 – July 6, 2013)

AYAD is an Australian program funded by the Australian government that aims to strengthen mutual understanding of development. It places skilled Australian youths (age 18-30) with organizations to both learn and share their skills. To date, three AYAD volunteers have been placed with IDS Nepal:

  • Avril Horne, Environment Volunteer (September 2002)
  • Warin Nitipaisaikul, Alternate Energy/Environment Volunteer (September 2002)
  • Helen Salvestrin, Project Engineer (October 2003)