Author : PSRP Category : consortium-members, conciliation-resources, publications, impact
Tags : Conciliation Resources Nepal Peace process
On Monday 3 April, PSRP and Conciliation Resources launched a new ACCORD issue on the peace process in Nepal, at an event at the SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London.
The two editors, Deepak Thapa (Social Science Baha, Kathmandu) and Alexander Ramsbotham (PSRP, Conciliation Resources) presented the outlines of the ACCORD issue, its key themes and its iterative process of production. Elizabeth Drew (DFID) shared thoughts on the report and current peacebuilding challenges in Nepal from a practitioner’s perspective. Mara Malagodi (University of London, City Law School) commented on the evolution of Nepal’s constitutional framework.
Inclusion emerged as the key theme of the discussion: Deepak Thapa identified the issue as the deepest challenge in Nepal’s political process, and as the main societal demand since the 1930s. Especially for the Nepalese context, he highlighted the importance of inclusion as a particular mind-set and respective process that cannot be achieved by just introduced by quotas. As some of the interventions highlighted, the peace process as a whole has to be considered as being remarkably successful if assessed against the situation of the early 2000s. Yet, the Nepalese politics remain sharply divided, which, in turn, points to the further need to foster inclusive politics domestically.
Consequently, the ACCORD has been designed as an inclusive process, giving space to Nepalese voices that are normally not heard in international, English-language lay-outs. As Deepak Thapa pointed out, an inclusive political process requires inclusive processes of analysis as well.
The ACCORD issue may be downloaded here, and a print copy can be obtained via Conciliation Resources. Print copies of the issue will also be available in Nepal.
Picture courtesy of Dr Jan Pospisil