Senior Research Associate
Lila Kumar Khatiwada is a senior research associate in NDIGD's Impact Evaluation Division. His research interests include rural sociology and development, microfinance, agricultural development, infrastructure development, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). He has utilized his expertise in impact assessment with a special emphasis on quasi-experimental design and mixed methods in projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, Caritas, SDC, and CIDA. Prior to joining NDIGD, Khatiwada worked with the University of Maryland College Park and implemented policy research in international settings. He was involved in evaluating the impact of national parks on poverty and inequality in a NSF funded project in Mozambique and Namibia, the impact of microfinance on poverty in a World Bank funded project in Ghana, community level effects of M-PESA (mobile money) in a Bill Gates Foundation funded project in Kenya, and the effects of food security on community water project in a USAID funded project in eastern Kenya. From 1993 to 2001, Khatiwada developed and implemented a variety of rural development projects—microfinance, agricultural development, community forestry, infrastructure development, and gender empowerment—with communities in Nepal.
Khatiwada holds a Ph.D. in rural sociology with a specialization in community development from the University of Missouri, a master's in rural sociology and environmental science from the University of the Philippines, a bachelor's in agriculture from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) from the University of Missouri.