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?

This was the topic of a lively and informative discussion in London on 11 June at 15Hatfields as part of our Peace Talks series. The panel included:

  • Bhagirath Yogi, Producer, BBC Nepali Service
  • Elizabeth Drew, Country Representative for Nepal, International Alert
  • Mark Segal, Senior Conflict Advisor, DFID
  • Premila van Ommen, Co-Founder of London-based Himalayan arts collective Satsang
  • Dan Smith (Chair), Secretary General, International Alert