ACEF Speaker

Srijana Bhattarai

Senior Safeguards Advisor,
The Asia Foundation

Srijana is a Senior Social Safeguards Advisor at the USAID and Australia Mekong Safeguards Program, implemented by the Asia Foundation. As a social practitioner, she has worked in various sectors with diverse communities leading community engagements, social impact assessments, resettlement and livelihood restoration planning and designing benefit sharing mechanisms. She brings extensive field experience and best practices to the Mekong Safeguards Program which aims to strengthen environmental and social performance in infrastructure development in the Mekong subregion. Srijana believes that stakeholder engagement is at the core of strengthening social safeguards and that local sustainable solutions are only possible through meaningful consultations, coordination and partnerships with the communities.