Editorial Note

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief

            I am pleased to announce that the Editorial Board is successful in bringing out the new issue (Volume 4 Number 1) of the Journal of Development Innovations (JDI) amid challenging Covid-19 pandemic situation.  This issue has been published in collaboration between KarmaQuest International, Canada, and Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), Nepal. In fact, the teamwork was a result of receiving firm support and strong motivation from Prof. Dr. Santa Man Rai, Chair, KarmaQuest International, and Dr. Jaya Kumar Gurung, Executive Director, NDRI.  The Editorial Board expresses its sincere gratitude to these personalities. At the same time, we look forward to having such collaboration further in the days ahead.

            I would like to extend special thanks to Prof. Dr. Tara Nidhi Bhattarai, Coordinator, Disaster Risk Reduction, NDRI, for his valuable contributions as the Chief Guest Editor for this issue. I also acknowledge Ms. Durga Khatiwada, Research Assistant, NDRI for kindly assisting us in the editorial process of this issue. Additionally, I would like to thank the authors for sharing their intellectual contributions; the reviewers for providing critical comments that helped authors with additional insights to improve the manuscript; and the section editors for diligently ensuring the quality of the papers during the editorial process.

            The JDI is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to promoting innovative and creative ideas in the field of economic development and growth, spanning from the environment and climate change to science and engineering. The JDI functions on the principles of scientific excellence, publication ethics, and transparency. We have made it mandatory to submit the original manuscripts through its online manuscript submission and review system. The article undergoes double-blind peer-review process through at least two reviewers, and we weigh in the reviewers’ comments and recommendations to make a decision, accordingly.

            As we come to the 7th issue of the journal, we have completed a significant journey. To maintain the quality of the journal, the Editorial Board has scrutinized the selection and revision of articles with the goal of addressing issues that improve economic development and quality of life around the globe. Accordingly, the journal has grown to be a successively inter- and multi-disciplinary journal. This issue includes articles ranging from the disciplines of economics to environmental science, civil and environmental engineering, and disaster risk reduction. All these articles, in one way or the other, contribute to the area of economic development. The findings from these articles suggest that trespassing across disciplinary boundaries in development studies help us innovate the development process that we aim for. We look forward to contributing to this process in the future issuesas well.


Shankar Ghimire, PhD