Nepal at a crossroads

Strengthening community security in the post-settlement context

International Alert (hereafter Alert) and Friends for Peace (FFP) began focusing on community security in mid-2006 in an effort to understand and address community security as a conflict prevention measure in support of sustainable conditions for peace and development.

Alert/FFP’s current work on community security seeks to facilitate the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised groups in a future community dispute resolution mechanism. In doing so, it seeks to understand the particular experiences and needs of these diverse groups and to disseminate these findings at the national and international policy-making levels. Through this research, Alert and FFP also seek to raise awareness at the local level of the concept of community security and all it encompasses, and its importance at this fragile stage in Nepal’s peace process.