Education Qualification

Master in Development Studies from Kathmandu University

Master in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London

Bibhu Thapaliya

Research Fellow - Qualitative Research

Personal Bio

Ms Thapaliya is a Qualitative Researcher exploring and analyzing gender relations in diverse areas of development, humanitarian, governance, and social justice for more than 8 years.  She has worked with national and international research agencies and non-government organizations – both as research lead and associate – in various Nepal-focused projects. Her experience in public health research is derived from working in the studies on factors affecting Nepali women’s dietary intake, family planning, and reproductive decision-making in the research funded by John Hopkins University. Moreover, she is experienced in designing and implementing qualitative methods to explore various development and human rights issues cutting across the areas of labor migration, human trafficking, and education. Apart from research, she has implemented an emergency response project in three districts of Nepal through an INGO in the post-earthquake scenario.   Likewise, she has implemented a project on girls’ education in two districts of Nepal through an NGO. She is keen on understanding people’s perspectives, experiences, and factors shaping their decisions and behaviors. On the personal front, she enjoys reading, traveling, watching thrillers, and playing scrabbles.

Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned:

  • Documentation of cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among Women Who Inject Drugs (WWID) and Spouses of People Who Inject Drugs (SPWID) amidst COVID-19 pandemic: The study (2022) focused on exploring the experiences of GBV among the women who inject drugs and spouses of males who inject drugs. The study adopted mixed methods with a heavy focus on qualitative analysis of what compounds the occurrence of GBV incidences in the lives of the research participants. The research was assigned by Recovering Nepal, the federation of organizations working for the welfare of drug users in Nepal. She solely led the research as a research consultant in the mentioned study.
  • Partnership and localization: crossed perspectives, how could we do it differently?

She worked as a local research consultant in the research (2021) assigned by Handicap International Federation (France). She developed qualitative tools for the research, identified the research participants, implemented the methods, and prepared thematic notes for the final report. The research focused on exploring Handicap International’s partner NGOs’ perception of partnership and localization, and related experiences. The objective was to rethink (and decolonize) donor-guided humanitarian interventions in Nepal.

  • Role of a husband’s labour migration in household functioning, household role, and reproductive decision making in selected districts in Nepal: Her role in this study (2016) was to contribute to developing tools for a qualitative study, analyzing and interpreting the findings. The study explored migrating spouses’ roles in informing household decision making and family planning choices of their wives; also, the impacts of their migration on shaping such decisions. The study was led by a researcher from John Hopkins University.
  • Project Coordinator in Emergency Response Project: She led the emergency response project (2015) in Kavre, Lamjung, and Dhading through Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO). She coordinated the construction of more than 300 temporary learning centers, WASH facilities, delivery of child-friendly learning sessions, DRR training of the teachers, and psycho-social counseling of the earthquake victims. The project duration was 4 months.
  • Project Manager in Sisters for Sisters’ Education Project: A project of the globally implemented Girls’ Education Challenge program funded by DFID, she was involved in it from January 2014 to July 2015. Through a national-level NGO Aasaman Nepal, she was responsible for implementing the project in Parsa and Dhading. The project started with the baseline study amongst the target group (school-going and drop-out girls) to assess the challenges in girls’ education in the respective regions. Building on the findings, she led the project in 24 school catchment areas of the mentioned districts to enable out-of-school girls in their pursuit of education along with those at risk of dropping out to complete basic education and demonstrate improved learning. The project was implemented through community mobilization strategies.
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