Shweta Rajbhandari

Kathmandu, Nepal

HIA Program:

France France 2012


Shweta Rajbhandari recently graduated in May 2012 from Middlebury College with a bachelor's degree in International Politics and Economics. In 2009, she was awarded the Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Award to implement a Rainwater Harvesting project in rural Nepal. Her initiative continues to empower over 500 villagers in an impoverished Nepali community suffering from water scarcity and contamination to harvest their own water. As a freshman, Shweta worked for the BBC World News, Nepal as an assistant producer (Summer 2009) and at a rehabilitation center under a UK-charity organization that provides emergency shelter for young Nepali girls rescued from sex-trafficking (Winter 2010). In the following years, she spent her summers as a communications intern at the Embassy of Nepal (2010), as a research intern at Least Developed Countries conducting research on the East African Food security threat (LDC Watch, 2010), and at the World Bank in Kathmandu carrying out research on the liquidity crisis in Nepalese economy (2011). She also undertook research as an intern at the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York on post-conflict peace building and LDC human rights issues (2011). She wrote her senior thesis on patterns of international intervention during humanitarian crises using the case studies of Darfur, Libya, and Syria. Shweta is currently in Nepal working as part of an expert team to evaluate a four-year long USAID's program which addressed severe flood damage and food insecurity challenge in rural parts of the country.

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  • Rainwater Harvesting in Nepal

    Project Location: Pumdi Bhumdi, Kaski district of Nepal Status: In progress Methods of action: Construction  Issues addressed: Children’s rights, Education,… Read More