The Wisconsin Alumni Association has honored alum Shisir Khanal for development work building international organizations from the bottom up.
Khanal, who earned a Master of International Public Affairs degree in 2005, is president of Sarvodaya Nepal and executive director of Sarvodaya USA, nonprofit organizations that have worked in Nepal, India, Haiti, Sri Lanka and the United States to create nonviolent social change that starts with local residents and their values. "Sarvodaya" translates from Sanskrit as "awakening of all."
WAA named Khanal one of the 2012 Forward under 40 honorees, University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates younger than 40 who are making an impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea, that principle that the boundaries of the university are the boundaries of the state (and beyond) and the charge that the purpose of a university is to produce practical good in the world.
This article appears in the spring 2012 La Follette NotesLa Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.