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Introduction: 

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.

The peace horizon in Nepal

International Alert’s new report, Peace Audit: Nepal, assesses the opportunities and challenges of building sustainable peace in Nepal.

Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal

Last week, International Alert hosted a special fundraising night and Peace Talks on ‘Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal’. The event raised £2,500, which will all go towards supporting our peacebuilding work in Nepal, in particular our efforts to ensure post-earthquake reconstruction in the country is fair and contributes to peace.

It was a hugely entertaining evening. A fascinating discussion was followed by Nepali food and music, as well as a raffle and even an impromptu auction. This photostory shows some of the highlights.

Peace Talks: Aiding peace in post-earthquake Nepal

Nepal is still suffering the effects of its 10-year armed conflict, with many underlying causes of the conflict, such as poverty and inequality, yet to be fully addressed. When the country was hit by a series of devastating earthquakes recently, communities around Nepal quickly pulled together to help one another, while people around the world donated funds.

But in countries like Nepal, experience shows that large amounts of aid can do harm as well as good. How can aid and reconstruction efforts be delivered in a way that minimises conflict and fosters lasting peace?

Conflict risks in post-earthquake Nepal

International Alert is calling for the government and aid agencies in Nepal to consider 'do no harm' principles in their aid delivery, and to think about including ways to empower excluded groups and to reinforce social cohesion in relief and recovery strategies.