The 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nepal has been one of the most significant peace settlements in decades. However, the collapse of the first constituent Assembly in 2013 underlined the scale of the challenges and obstacles to consolidating peace and promoting development for the benefit of all Nepalese. This case study will examine trade-offs between different negotiation processes (eg the constitutional process over transitional justice legislation), and their impact on the political settlement, will be considered, along with the motivations and interests of different actors.
The project methodology will be active and participatory and developed in partnership with the local civil society organisation the Nepal Transition to Peace Institute, using initial practice labs followed by a joint stakeholder analysis workshop, and the production of an extensive review of how issues of inclusion were nagivated.
The project is important to understanding how international and external actors in practice attempt transformation. Nepal is an important case study because: the scale of the transformation attempted in a fragile and conflict-affected state which has involved multiple transformation interventions across governance, conflict and political bargaining front; concerted and significant multi-agency external intervention; and enduring question-marks over the effectiveness of both internal and external processes to deliver transformation of the political settlement. Our research also considers how a major event such as the earthquake affects and shaped developments.
Jonathan Cohen, Zahbia Yousuf, and Alexander Ramsbottom (Conciliation Resources)
Key Publications (search for more):
- Neelakantan, A., & Ramsbotham, A. (2016). Peace, Power and inclusive change in Nepal: Political Settlements in Practice (PSRP Report). London: Conciliation Resources.
- Thapa, D., & Ramsbotham, A. (2017). Two steps forward, one step back The Nepal peace process (PSRP Report). London: Conciliation Resources.
- Author : Harriet Cornell
- Category : Case Studies, Nepal, Peace Processes
- Date : July 16, 2015
- Tags : Nepal