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Institute of Foreign Affairs

About IFA

Conceived as a catalyst body for generating national consensus on foreign policy issues, the Institute of Foreign Affairs also caters to the professional training needs of Nepalese officials servicing foreign affairs offices of the Government of Nepal. As a think tank, IFA delves into research studies on matters of national interest particularly Nepal’s relations and conduct with foreign countries. IFA works with its partner organizations, governmental as well as non-governmental, at home and abroad, to realize its objectives relating to foreign policy issues and its interactions with political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. Besides organizing seminars, workshops, meetings, and conferences and bringing out relevant publications, it is also engaged in the task of becoming a repository of information on Nepal’s foreign policy issues. Founded as an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, it was reconstituted as a semi-autonomous body in the year 2012. The Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the board of directors of the institute and the Foreign Secretary represents the ministry as a member of the board. Mr. Prakash Kumar Suvedi is currently serving as the Executive Director and as a member-secretary of the institute's development board. As the official head of the institute, he leads all important activities including day-to-day affairs.

Objectives

The principal objective of IFA is to develop itself into a repository of knowledge on Nepal’s foreign relations and provide support, as necessary and appropriate, to the government of Nepal, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in imparting professional training to Nepalese foreign service officials and personnel; offering suggestions and recommendations for Foreign policy formulation; undertaking study and research programs and publications on vital issues relating to foreign policy, and updating and compiling historic documents and information on Nepal’s relations with foreign countries.

Activities

§  IFA organizes meetings and talk programs regularly on foreign relations and diplomacy. Themes & topics for discussions of such meetings, including seminars, workshops, and conferences, can range from a focused issue to a broader one as needed.

§  IFA is constantly engaged in the publication of reports, bulletins, journals, and research study papers. It is also making efforts to prepare course curricula for diplomatic training needs.

§  IFA establishes linkages with similar professional organizations including governments, INGOs, and NGOs, both at home and abroad, to not only update and acquire knowledge from foreign and domestic experts but also strengthen institute-to-institute relations.

§  It organizes orientations, trainings on foreign relations and diplomacy


Governing Body

IFA’s policies and programs are guided & supervised by a governing body comprising the following members:

 

HON’BLE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

CHAIRMAN

 

President, International Relations and Human Rights Committee, Legislature-Parliament

Member

Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Member

Former Ambassador

Member

Legal Experts

Member

International Law Expert

Member

Eminent International Relations Experts (male)

Member

Eminent International Relations Experts (female)

Member

International relations experts from among the ethnic communities

Member

A representative from the Business Community

Member

Executive Director, Institute of Foreign Affairs

Member-Secretary

Contact

Address

Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal

E-mail

info@ifa.gov.np 

Phone

5366954/5366955/5966956