Peace Audit: Nepal

Summary:

This Peace Audit assesses the opportunities and challenges of building sustainable peace in Nepal. A Peace Audit goes beyond just looking at the risks and drivers of conflict. It looks at the possibilities for peace as well – the strengths in a society that make it possible to forge a path to peace. It analyses challenges, but it also looks for the capacities and opportunities for peaceful change. This Peace Audit was undertaken to understand people’s perspectives and aspirations for peace in Nepal nine years on from the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the end of the country’s 10-year armed conflict. It takes stock of outstanding and new conflict risks, and explores good examples of what is being done to promote peace in Nepal. In particular, it highlights the challenges to the ‘social contract’ in the country brought about by political interference and weak accountability in governance, and widespread sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and what can be done to promote a peaceful transition in Nepal. This is the second in our Peace Audit series.