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.
Nepal is a post-conflict society and many of the tensions between communities might be worsened by relief and recovery processes if they don't take account of conflict dynamics. The exclusion of marginalised groups, for example, may be compounded if aid isn't sensitive to caste, ethnicity, religion and gender. And any politicisation of aid may create new conflict dynamics.
On 15 May International Alert convened a discussion of representatives of the peacebuilding community in Nepal, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, to discuss the potential conflict risks and peacebuilding opportunities related to earthquake relief and recovery efforts in the country. Below, you can download a summary of the discussion.
If you would like more information or to discuss your agency's relief/recovery programming from a conflict angle, please contact our Nepal Country Representative Elizabeth Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org