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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.

Women’s insecurities and the workplace in Nepal

Insecurities that Nepali women experience in the workplace have been explored in previous studies, but this new report focuses on the difficulties employed and self-employed women face in the wider context – in their homes and communities, travelling to and from their work, as well as in their workplaces. This report finds that women encounter multiple challenges to their full participation in the working environment, and that existing equality legislation, limited though it is, is not adequately implemented.

What do we mean by gender?

Read the report, Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, hereInternational Alert’s new report, Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, calls for a more nuanced understanding of the role gender plays

Justice sector in Nepal

This project aims to strengthen the effectiveness, inclusivity and accountability of the formal justice sector in Nepal. We improve coordination and communication between state and non-state justice providers. We develop common principles of justice, clarifying the roles and responsibilities of different actors. We also bring together 'justice facilitation' groups to provide spaces for dialogue, undertake and inform advocacy, and monitor and oversee the provision of justice.

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journalists were trained in conflict-sensitive media reporting as part of our project in Nepal.

Gendered insecurities

On 3-4 October International Alert co-hosted a workshop on ‘Gendered insecurities: Identity, sexuality and global responses to violence and conflict’ in Bristol, UK.

The event, which was held in partnership with the universities of Bristol and Lausanne and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), brought together around two dozen scholars and practitioners to discuss the boundaries of gender and security as a field of study and intervention.