Ms Shandana Khan

Ms. Shandana Khan


Ms. Shandana Khan has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Delhi University, India, a Tripos in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Ms. Khan has over twenty eight years of experience in rural development, community empowerment through grassroots institution building and related policy work in South Asia. She is Chief Executive Officer of the largest, non-governmental development network of Pakistan, the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN). As its key driving force she leads this vast development network, seeing it as a challenge she enjoys. RSPN consists of eleven Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) and currently works with 47 million people across rural Pakistan. Shandana has strong networking and leadership skills that enable her to provide strategic direction to this countrywide network. She has strong advocacy skills and has succeeded in having policy input into government and donor strategies. She has been a senior member of numerous government policy committees and task forces, providing input into public sector poverty reduction strategies by bringing years of RSP grassroots successes to such policy forums. Ms. Shandana Khan provides strategic and technical support to Pakistan’s RSPs, through the RSPN. She actively mobilizes resources for the RSPs towards a national scale up of their social mobilization programmes in Pakistan.

Ms. Shandana Khan has undertaken consulting work for the replication of the RSP approach in South Asia, under UNDP’s South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, in the Maldives and Nepal. This includes the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) and the National Rural Livelihoods Mission in India. Shandana has also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan’s programme, as its Director Rural Development, during 2014-2016, where she replicated the RSP social mobilization module on a pilot scale in some areas. Shandana is widely traveled and comfortable in multi-cultural environments. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Pashto and functional in French.