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In Nepal we help people tackle the root causes of insecurity and build the conditions for sustainable peace.

We bring together citizens, youth groups, businesses, the police and government to improve public security and access to justice, especially for the poor and marginalised. We work with journalists to support a safe, responsible and independent media. We work with institutions and organisations to help them deliver aid in a conflict-sensitive way. We also research the impact that climate change is having on local communities and advocate for ways to mitigate these effects.

Our work is important because without fair and equal access to security and justice in Nepal, sustainable peace is not possible.

We have been working in Nepal since 2001.

Why: 

In 2006 the government of Nepal and Maoist insurgents signed a Comprehensive Peace Accord which ended 10 years of civil war. The agreement established Nepal as a democratic republic and set the vision for a just and inclusive state.

Since then Nepal has made great strides in improving security, justice and inclusion in the country, and the Maoist forces have been disarmed and demobilised. The risk of a renewed insurgency is low. However, political in-fighting continues to hamper progress on key decisions in the country.

The failure of the Constituent Assembly to agree a new constitution by the May 2012 deadline has led to the dissolution of parliament and an extended political crisis, with local and national politics becoming increasingly fragmented. The implementation of the peace process is therefore on hold and policy commitments are not able to be fully met. Nepal’s peace process is also being affected by a rise in inter-communal tensions and identity-based interest groups, increasing politicisation of the state and civil institutions, and an intensifying politico-criminal nexus.

In this context, there are a number of important priorities for supporting peace in Nepal. These include helping to create the conditions for equitable economic growth – including establishing basic rule of law and security – and keeping the political-level peace process, as well as the drafting of the new constitution, on track.

Encouraging tourism after conflict

International Alert is conducting a comparative analysis of how to improve tourism in post-conflict settings for the Government of Punjab in Pakistan.

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Improving disaster response

International Alert has launched its report Building back better or restoring inequalities? in Kathmandu, Nepal through a joint event involving several civil society partners.

Nepal quake, one year on

One year on from the first of two earthquakes that devastated Nepal, killing over 8,700 people and destroying over 800,000 homes, International Alert continues to call for any post-disaster humanitarian aid and reconstruction in the country to be delivered in a way that is sustainable, empowers women and marginalised groups and contributes to lasting peace in the country.

Recovering from Nepal’s earthquake: It’s not only the ‘what’, but also the ‘how’ that matters

One year ago, Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake that took over 8,700 lives and caused widespread destruction to 14 of the country’s 75 districts. One major and countless smaller aftershocks added to the carnage, casualties and immense trauma that people experienced. While on this day we want to honour and remember the lives that were lost, it is also a time to reflect on how to support those that are still picking up the pieces of their former homes, communities and livelihoods.  

Letter from Nepal: Blockade lifted, but tensions remain high

People queuing for fuel in Bhairahawa, Nepal, 2015 Earlier this month, ethnic minority groups in Nepal called to a halt a four-month blockade they had been enforcing on the main border crossing with India in an attempt to relieve the devastating humanitarian shortages in the country. At the same time, they promised to continue protesting against the newly ratified constitution in Nepal. What caused the blockade in the first place and how will these grievances affect peace and social cohesion in Nepal now it has been lifted?

Building resilience in Nepal

Disasters can have a devastating effect on people, homes, communities, industries and the wider economy. Complex crises, especially those that hit conflict-affected countries, demand collaborations that address all dimensions of vulnerability and recovery.

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SAFE media Nepal: A safe, able, free and empowered media

This project implemented by International Alert, the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Equal Access Nepal (EAN) aimed to ensure a secure, responsible and independent media for the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and peace in Nepal. The project was implemented from April 2012–June 2014 and the evaluation visit took place from 6–21 August 2014.

How can we build peace in post-earthquake Nepal?

This blog is written by International Alert's Elizabeth Drew and the Overseas Development Institute's Barnaby Willitts-King. It was first published on the World Economic Forum blog. Nepal experienced an armed conflict from 1996-2006. Some 14,000 people lost their lives and thousands more were injured or displaced. The war was the result of deep-set grievances. The country’s marginalised majority – poor, indigenous and ‘lower-caste’ people, youth and women – were angry at being excluded from power, wealth and opportunity in a country largely run by older male Hindu elites.

Fifteen years of UNSCR 1325

On 13 October 2015, the United Nations Security Council hosted a historical anniversary session. Fifteen years ago, as a result of the tireless efforts of women’s rights activists and broader civil society, the UN Security Council had adopted the landmark resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).

It was the first resolution to recognise that women’s participation and perspectives were essential to peacebuilding, and to highlight women’s and girls’ needs and vulnerabilities in conflict-affected situations.

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