Manish Raj Pandey

  • Manish Pandey has 15 years of experience working in the private sector in the United States and in development cooperation in Asia. For the past 8 years he has been working for Swisscontact ( a Zurich-based foundation which focuses on technical cooperation in countries in Africa, Asia, Easter Europe, and Latin America. Manish has worked for Swisscontact in the fields of vocational training and financial sector reform in his native country Nepal and has been based in Bangladesh for the last 5 at Katalyst, a multi-donor funded market development project jointly implemented by Swisscontact and GTZ International Services focusing on broad-based pro-growth growth through enhanced enterprise competitiveness. The project, one of the largest in the field, works in business service sectors, agriculture and industrial value chains, and the business environment.

    ICT is seen as a key tool to alleviate poverty, particularly in the rural areas, so Katalyst is promoting commercially sustainable ICT initiatives in rural Bangladesh. The project employs the strategy of developing the market for ICTbased information and services as an effective strategy to enhance the productivity of the farmers and rural enterprises which have, among others, need for information on new markets, better business practices, and business promotion where technology plays a catalytic role. Demand-driven initiatives, led primarily by the private sector where the government plays an important role of the enabler, serve the people’s and enterprises’ interests alike in the long run. The project has partnered with the private sector and facilitated a number of commercial information centers which provide basic information and ICT-based services to a wide array of target groups: farmers, rural enterprises, unemployed youth, and students, among others.

    He has a business degree and training in Project Management from the US.


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