Humphrey Fellows 2018-2019

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Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal  

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Mr. Phanindra Prasad Dahal is a bilingual journalist with the BBC’s Nepali Service. He covers political and social affairs. Recently, he investigated post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction, exposing inefficiencies in international aid and highlighting the need for disaster-resilient infrastructure. Last year, he was one of the fifteen journalists selected by the United Nations to cover its General Assembly.

While pursuing the Humphrey Fellowship, he plans to study data and digital journalism. Through the program, he hopes to gain knowledge of cutting edge technology that will enable him to make innovations in news media and journalism. 

Mr. Dahal grew up in southern Nepal, publishing school newsletters, dreaming of becoming a real journalist. While pursuing higher education in Kathmandu, he worked in local FM stations and then moved to one of Nepal’s leading dailies, The Kathmandu Post. Over the past decade, he has produced stories on Nepal’s peace process, national security, and Nepal’s UN peacekeepers abroad, among others.

He has a master’s degree in political science and is fond of sports and travelling.

Mr. Dev Datta Joshi

Law and Human Rights
American University, Washington DC

Mr. Joshi is a leading expert in the area of disability rights, and has published extensively in the area. His particular areas of interest are inclusive education, legal capacity, access to justice, and de-institutionalization of persons with disabilities. He has been working for the National Human Rights Protection Forum for Disabled-Nepal (NHRPFDN) for over a decade as a Senior Disability Rights Lawyer. 

While on the Humphrey Fellowship, he is interested in studying inclusive education and disability law (especially mental disabilities law), the Americans with Disabilities Act, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, the interaction between people with disability and criminal justice system, and the relationship between disability and international human rights.

Mr. Joshi has obtained five post-secondary degrees, including two post-graduate degrees, one of which is an LLM from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland (Galway). His LLM dissertation focused on inclusive education for children with disabilities, drawing on field research he undertook in rural and remote far western Nepal.

As a disability rights lawyer, he has conducted relevant work in favor of persons with disabilities, such as combating involuntary sterilization of women with disabilities, establishing the first audio library in Nepal for visually impaired students, and removing discriminatory terms from Nepalese legislation, especially those concerned with women with intellectual disabilities. In addition, Mr. Joshi has practiced law in Nepal, taking cases to the Nepalese Supreme Court and helping make landmark jurisprudence regarding disability rights.

Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar        

Public Health Policy and Management
Virginia Commonwealth University

Mr. Lal Bahadur Kunwar is the Deputy Director of the Community Health Care Program at Possible (formerly Nyaya Health) in Accham, where he designs, oversees, and implements household-based health care programs through a network of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to increase health care access at the household level for patients with chronic diseases and patients who need maternal, neonatal, and child health care.

During the Humphrey program Mr. Kunwar hopes to better understand global health with an international perspective and hone both his qualitative and quantitative research skills in public health.

Mr. Bimal Poudel

Law and Human Rights  
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mr. Bimal Poudel is a Registrar of High Court Patan in Province No. 3 of Nepal. He has previously worked at the Supreme Court of Nepal, National Judicial Academy, various Courts of Appeal and the Office of the Attorney General in various capacities for more than thirteen years.

Mr. Poudel completed his master’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University Nepal in 2002. In 2006-07, he was awarded the NUFFIC Scholarship to pursue master’s degree in international business and trade law from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. As a Chevening scholar, he earned an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex in United Kingdom in 2011-12.

He is keen to study the American legal system, judicial reforms, access to justice by needy people, and strengthening the rule of law. 

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