Nepal

Our Approach

Even more than ten years after the end of the armed conflict, the Nepalese society is still deeply divided. The promotion of a peaceful and constructive coexistence, the protection of human and minority rights, as well as a comprehensive and critical dealing with the past are among the most fundamental challenges on Nepal’s road ahead. The recent earthquake has devastated the country but could also bring people together.

Against this background, within the framework of the Civil Peace Service we support our local partners to achieve the following main objectives:

  • The creation of spaces for dialogue to promote local peace- and participatory decision-making structures
  • The recognition of human and minority rights in Nepal
  • The strengthening of awareness-raising and reflection processes in dealing with the past and the creating of safe spaces for dealing with experienced trauma and human rights violations.

More from the Projects

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Critical Review

The peace agreement was signed in Nepal 12 years ago. The managing director of our partner organisation Nagarik Aawaz, Susan Risal, has written an article in the 'Himalayan Times' about the "Conflict-affected women: No end to their sufferings yet".

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CPS publication published

With this book we immerse ourselves in the work of our five partner organisations in Nepal. We hear deeply moving stories from courageous people in Nepal. More than 100 pictures show how they bring about change in their country with curiosity, patience and confidence.

Titelseite Studie "Despite Good Intentions"

"Despite good Intensions"

Our partner organisation "Support Nepal" has published a study on the rights of minorities in Nepal.

Our Partners in the Region:

Our partner organisation Asian Academy for Peace, Research and Development has been committed to peacebuilding, conflict transformation and gender since 2010. Our joint project focuses on working with marginalised groups, especially women and young people at community level. The aim is to improve social cohesion in the respective communities by teaching approaches to nonviolent conflict transformation. Activities include training in mediation and nonviolent conflict transformation. In addition, the aim is to network marginalised groups with important people at community and district level. This enables them to better represent their interests. Furthermore, a study on social movements in Nepal is to be carried out as part of our project. Those affected by the civil war will be brought into focus. This will provide an overview of the diverse groups and their predominant issues.

The Nepali network organisation Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) was founded in 2003 and has its main office is Kathmandu. COCAP acts as an umbrella organisation for 40 member organisations, which are involved in human rights work in all areas of Nepal. Besides offering trainings for its employees, volunteers and member organisations, in recent years COCAP made a public appearance especially with extensive campaigns on social policy issues, including on the Constituent Assembly and caste-based discrimination. In the framework of the Civil Peace Service KURVE Wustrow supports COCAP in the development and implementation of effective Lobby and Advocacy activities for better recognition of human and minority rights.

Nagarik Aawaz was founded in 2001, as a direct response to the escalating violence following the royal massacre. The Headquarter is in Kathmandu. Nagarik Aawaz supports communities and grassroots groups in their efforts for peace, justice, harmony and progress, and is committed towards working at various interfaces of peace and reconciliation in Nepal. In this framework, the organisation implements a range of programs, aimed at target groups that have particularly suffered under the consequences of the armed conflict. First and foremost, this is done by mobilising young activists at community level who, as so called “Peace Ambassadors”, strengthen social relations and support the reintegration of internally displaced people. Through the CPS-cooperation KURVE Wustrow the work on conflict transformation as well as their advocacy efforts will be strengthened.

SUPPORT Nepal is engaged in peace work since 1996. Aim of the organisation is to eliminate existing inequalities and discrimination that ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities, Madeshi, Dalit, and especially women suffer from. In the premises of the organisation is also the secretariat of the National Federation of Minorities in Nepal (N-Fem), which is an umbrella organisation for more than 210 minority groups. SUPPORT Nepal has a contact office in Kathmandu, however, it works mainly in the eastern and western Terai and advocates for the active participation of minority groups in the drafting process of a new constitution and new laws, in order for their concerns to be adequately addressed. In the framework of the CPS-cooperation KURVE Wustrow supports SUPPORT Nepal in carrying out effective training, lobby and advocacy activities – across group boundaries – that promote the participation and inclusion of minority groups.

Our partner organisation Women for Human Rights (WHR) has been working with single women in so-called "Single Women Groups" since its foundation in 1994. In addition to legal education and empowerment of women, they are also supported in the area of business start-ups. In the meantime WHR has a good network of women's groups even in remote regions of the country. Within the groups, a large number of women are also affected by the civil war. Although victim groups already exist, an explicit gender perspective is often lacking. The documentation of women-specific cases, especially cases of sexual violence, from the time of the civil war is insufficient. A structured collection of cases is intended to raise awareness of women's specific needs. This is also very much about psychosocial support for women.

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Project Details at a Glance

Title:

“Strengthening local capacities for peace, with a special focus on human and minority rights”

International Peace Worker:

Michael Schneider (Nagarik Aawaz)

Inga Ferber (COCAP)

Peter Dietzel (Regional Coordinator in Kathmandu) - in preparation

Contact Person

Lisa Wevelsiep

lwevelsiep [at] kurvewustrow [dot] org (lwevelsiep(at)kurvewustrow.org)

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