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Development And Donors

Dr Devendra Raj Panday who has a Ph. D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, USA has been a finance secretary and a finance minister in the government of Nepal. Since the beginning of the 1980s he is better known for his intellectual pursuits in development and civil society engagements to promote democracy, human rights, probity in public life and people-centred development. He is currently associated with several civic organisations in Nepal and abroad. He has been a member of the international Board of Directors of Transparency International, Berlin, a position to which he was elected twice. He is also a founding Bureau Member of South Asians for Human Rights based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The author's writings are inspired and supported by his long experience with the planning department and the finance ministry in his government where he dealt with development issues, particularly, as they related to the mobilisation and use of international development assistance. The author's political and civic activism is also closely related to his engagements in development debate. He attributes Nepal's "failed development" principally to the country's political history and governance experiences that do not seem to change even when the political structure itself has shifted from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and, then, to a republican state in the last thirty years. His long association with Transparency International and as a keen observer of the reality of corruption in his country and around the world, including the United States of America, has yielded his most recent, comprehensive, well-researched book: The Idea of Integrity: The universe of Corruption and Anticorruption.