Sanjana has more than 18 years experience working in community development in Nepal. Engaging the community to serve the people has always been her passion. In her PhD research Sanjana is examining the processes, tools and techniques followed by Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to promote community engagement. She is also exploring the factors motivating different community stakeholders to be involved in community engagement processes.

Research Interests:

  • Community Development
  • Social Change
  • Social Capital
  • Adult Literacy
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Participatory Development
  • Sustainability

Research Title: Community engagement through Community Managed Organisations: What, how and why it matters

Supervisors: Dr Lynda Shevellar and Associate Professor Elske van de Fliert


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