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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 international institutions 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.

Gender-responsive justice

Nepal has a complex informal justice system, with an array of traditional, indigenous and religious mechanisms. This system contributes massively to enhancing access to justice in the country, especially for rural, poor and marginalised people.

Recipe for peace: Aloo pakauda (NEPAL)

As part of our Recipes for Peace series, each week we feature an inspiring dish to celebrate the varied – and tasty – ways in which food can play a role in building peace.

Aloo pakauda with tomato achar (NEPAL)

The importance of new approaches to gender in peacebuilding

A broader understanding of gender and the different needs of women, men and gender or sexual minorities is essential to peacebuilding, according to new findings by International Alert, presented in a series of reports entitled Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding.

Partnership for justice in Nepal

This short film documents the personal stories of people whose lives have been transformed through better justice provision and the training and support they received through the work of International Alert, in partnership with the Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) and Legal Aid Consultancy Centre (LACC). The project, which is funded by the European Union, aims to strengthen the capacities and coordination of the formal and informal justice systems in Nepal, and promote more inclusive justice for marginalised people.

Fragile reforms

This study highlights a range of insights and opportunities to enhance how the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank approach project financing in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding

Understanding the relationship between gender and power dynamics and identities, as well as the different needs and vulnerabilities of girls and women, boys and men, but also of sexual and gender minorities, is essential to peacebuilding.
 
Based on a three-year research project focusing on Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda, this animation examines what this can mean in practice in terms of access to justice, addressing different forms of violence, economic recovery, and inter-generational conflict.