Private sector and public security in Nepal: Perceptions and responses
This report identifies entry points from which various stakeholders, including the private sector, government, civil society and the international community, can encourage improved public security in the Nepal.
It highlights key security concerns for the Nepali private sector and explores the role business can play in contributing to and mitigating insecurity. It identifies entry points from which various stakeholders, including the private sector, government, civil society and the international community, may seek to encourage improved public security in the country.
Equitable economic recovery and improved public security are both key requirements for consolidating peace in Nepal. Economic deprivation of various groups and regions, elite control of productive resources and decades of low development have fed both poverty and multiple conflicts in the country.
The private sector is deeply affected by insecurity: increasing criminality, forced donations, strikes, shutdowns and labour unrest stifle production, limit access to raw materials, prevent goods going to market and undermine investor confidence. At the same time, irresponsible and sometimes illicit business practice further fuels this cycle of public insecurity, resulting in yet more economic hardship. Breaking this cycle therefore has to be in the interest of responsible business leaders across Nepal.
This short briefing paper forms part of International Alert Nepal’s working paper series ‘Equitable economic recovery for peace.’