Amina Maharjan

Livelihoods Specialist Migration


Dr Amina Maharjan is an Agricultural Economist working in the field of migration and mobility and its links to rural livelihoods. She has a PhD in Agriculture from University of Giessen, Germany and a Master of Agricultural Economics from India. She started her career in the development sector with an NGO in Nepal working in the agricultural sector. She has more than seven years of work experience in sustainable livelihood development, socioeconomic analysis, sustainable agricultural development, gender equity and pro-poor development, labour migration management, and vocational skills development in Nepal. For her PhD, Ms Maharjan conducted research on ‘Labour migration and its impact on farm households in the mid hills of Nepal’, which was published as a book. In addition, she has authored many peer reviewed publications and presentations on migration. After completing her PhD, she worked as team leader of the first bilateral pilot project on labour migration in Nepal, called ‘Safer Migration’, after which she worked as a freelance consultant conducting studies on migration and external evaluations of projects in the region. While living in Germany, Ms Maharjan volunteered as the women coordinator of the Non Resident Nepali Association, Germany. She has also shared her experience in migration and development at Universities in Zurich, Myanmar, Kathmandu and Australia. Ms Maharjan’s experience in migration and development will and strengthen our migration expertise.