Supporting civil society in building peace in Nepal

A legitimate, representative and capacitated civil society is essential for effective statebuilding and a condition for sustainable peace in Nepal. This paper call for donors to prioritise their support to civil society outside Kathmandu.

This is based on the rationale that after the ‘swift’ political transition at the national level, support to longer-term strategies that support mediation and conflict resolution at the district and grass-roots level would best support conditions for sustainable peace. This focus is also encouraged in response to recent perceptions that the international community has an ‘excessive Kathmandu focus’.