Civil Peace Service in Nepal
Eleven 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.
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 organization for 40 member organizations, which are involved in human rights work in all areas of Nepal. Besides offering trainings for its employees, volunteers and member organizations, 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 mobilizing 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.
Project Details at a Glance
“Strengthening local capacities for peace, with a special focus on human and minority rights”
International Peace Worker:
Hauke Steg-Böttcher (COCAP)
Johanna Sell (Nagarik Aawaz)
Esther Mydla (Asian Academy for Peace, Research and Development)
Chris Hartmann (Regional Coordinator)
Contact Person: Laura Weber lweber(at)kurvewustrow.org