Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA)


The Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA) was established on May 15, 1969, under a tripartite agreement between the Government of Nepal, Tribhuvan University and the Ford Foundation. Started as an autonomous institution, the Centre was later integrated into Tribhuvan University and given the status of an Institute on December 15, 1975, after the National Education System Plan (NESP) was implemented. Since then, CEDA has been serving as a policy-research centre contributing towards national development policies and strategies. Similarly, the Centre’s activities are basically confined to research, consultancy and training programmes.


The goal of the Centre is to contribute to the nation-building through analytical and problem-solving works in the areas of socioeconomic and administrative development.


To assist the policy makers in formulating and implementing the development policies, plans and programs;

To provide the policymakers with conceptual, empirical and value premises for shaping the development policies, plans and programs;

To recommend the policy makers alternative policies, ideas and options;

To foster intelligent and informed discussions on the issues and problems in the Nepalese public affair so as to promote and establish an enlightened, conscious and influential public opinion;

To help various agencies of the Tribhuvan University in their diverse programs and to enhance their role in national development; and

To engage oneself with international collaboration in the study and pursuit of development changes.

International Linkage

CEDA is presently a networking member/collaborative partner of the following international institutions:

Trade and Investment Relation in South Asia and South East Asia, Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP, Bangkok.

Development Information Network for South Asia (DEVINSA), Colombo, Sri Lanka. The centre’s library is also the focal point for the Development Information Network for South Asia (DEVINSA) Project for Nepal.

Thematic Node for South and Central Asia, Networking of Environment Training Institutes at Tertiary Level in Asia and the Pacific (NETTLAP), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Centre for Regional Development (CRD), Chonnam National University, South Korea.

Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), Manila, Philippines.

Asia and Pacific Development Centre, APDC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA), Hyderabad, India.

ADB-Asian Think Tank Networking Member Institute of Nepal.

Human Resource

The Centre is headed by the Executive Director, who is assisted by the CEDA Management and Development Council in formulating and implementing the Centre’s programmes and activities. The Centre has internal research and training committee for the implementation and coordination of its programmes. The administrative Bureau helps to manage both research and training programmes. Currently, CEDA has highly experienced and qualified professionals. The organizational human resources are as follows:


Academic Staff




Executive Director




Associate Professor






Administrative Staff



Deputy Administrator


Account Officer


Office Assistants


Office Attendant




The Centre publishes research reports, bibliographies, case studies, seminar reports and occasional papers.  It has its own half-yearly newsletter, “CEDA News” through which the progress of the ongoing projects/activities is made public.  It has been publishing its bi-annual publication, “Journal of Development and Administrative Studies (JODAS)” since 1978 to date. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly and highly academic journal of Tribhuvan University. It publishes articles on the development, economics, business, management and administrative problems of Nepal and that of other developing countries. It has also published a proceeding of the International Symposium of “Social Economy, Regional Development and Poverty Reduction”. The centre has so far brought out some five hundred research reports including seminar proceedings.

Institutional Involvement Member: BIMSTEC Network of Think Tanks

CEDA is a member of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Network of Think Tank. BIMSTEC is an international organization involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. The member countries of this group are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Research Activities

CEDA has conducted more than six hundred research studies till now. The findings of the major research studies are directly used for policy formulation, plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It has also completed about one and half dozen research studies related directly to Tribhuvan University. The status of the latest research activities are as follows:


Name of the Project

Donor Agency

Team Leader/




A Study on Agricultural Enterprises,Value Chain and Livelihood Promotion,

University Grant Commission, (UGC) Nepal.

Dr. Sanjay Acharya



Preparation of National Framework of Government Subsidy in Nepal

National Planning Commission

Dr. Sanjay Acharya



Demand and Supply Gap of Tourism Skilled Labours in Labour Market

Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security

Mr. Laxmi Kanta Sharma



Training constitutes a major part of the Centre’s activities.  The Centre designs and conducts the training programmes as per the need of the clients.  The Centre conducts management and financial management training programmes, workshops/seminars for T.U. Executives, teachers and senior administrators, and training for T.U. assistant level staff members. It also conducts the training on computer and social sciences research methodology for the T. U. teachers and staff members.

Further more, the Centre conducts training programmes on management and planning  techniques, monetary and fiscal policy; project management and rural development, and environmental management. Conducting international level workshop/seminar is another important activity of the Centre. Besides, the Centre conducts other national and international short-term trainings and seminars on the request of Nepal Government, Corporations, Private Organizations and International Agencies.


It has a library and a documentation section, which facilitates its researchers, teachers and trainers.  The library has a collection of reports, periodicals and books related to development, public administration, business management, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, and geography etc. The Centre has one auditorium hall accommodating 100 people and two other seminar halls of moderate size, each having the capacity to room 30 people.


Prof.Dr. Arjun Baral 

Executive Director

CEDA, Tribhuvan University

E-mail: director@ceda.tu.edu.np

P.O. Box: 797,Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel : 977-01-4331721/ 4331722

Website  : www.ceda.org.np