Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, and is still struggling to overcome the effects of the decade-long civil war that was launched by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in 1996. The conflict claimed the lives of 17,000 people, displaced an estimated 100,000 more, and ultimately brought about the abolition of a 240-year-old monarchy. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2006 was designed to create a permanent peace, but, whilst progress has been made, challenges remain: politicians are yet to agree on a new constitution and the country remains plagued by political instability.
Current peacebuilding programmes in Nepal have come under widespread criticism that they’re not benefiting the people most affected by violence. Read more
Dipendra Tamang discusses the dangers of foreign donor influence in peacebuilding and why it is important to take a 'local first' approach to conflicts not just in Nepal, but worldwide. Read more
Shyam Kumari Sah, local peacebuilding organisation, Mukti Nepal, speaks about their work to eradicate female human rights abuses and injustice. Read more