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Alumna Sangita Nirola
Peace and Justice Studies Alumna Sangita Nirola (2009) recently accepted the position of Country Director for the International Relief and Development (IRD) agency in Nepal. IRD, which is headquartered in Washington, DC, provides approximately $500 million annually in international development aid and assistance in 40 different countries. In Nepal, the agency is currently running a project called WASH (Water Sanitation and Health), funded by UNICEF and UN Habitat.
Nirola states, "As country director, I will be supervising and managing responsibilities for all country personnel, offices, programs, security and policies. I have to ensure that the country program is planned and executed with quality, accountability, and measurable impact."
According to IRD's website, the agency's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD works to accomplish this mission by "running targeted, cost-effective development programs that improve the lives" of the vulnerable populations with whom they work. As they provide cost-effective relief and development programs, they focus on seven core sectors: democracy, governance, and community development; community stabilization; economic growth; emergency response; food and agriculture; health and hygiene; and rebuilding infrastructure.