Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace*, preventing conflict around the world
*From March 2014, the Instrument for Stability (IfS) is succeeded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)
The last time local elections took place in Nepal was 20 years ago. But now the path to democracy, and to peace, is being frustrated by strikes and election boycotts. Ambika Pokhrel reports.
Local level elections are being held in Nepal for the first time after declaring the new constitution in September 2015. The last time elections were held in 1997, meaning the Nepalese people have been left without local representatives for 15 years after the last term of the elected representatives ended in 2002.
05 May 2017: Fears are growing that a key Yemeni port will soon be targeted as part of the conflict in Yemen. Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert provides their update on the war and its consequences on the Arabian peninsula.
26 April 2017: A year into the Truth Commissions process, changing governments and resistance from top-ranking officials continues to frustrate the path to peace. Peace Direct's Nepal Local Peacebuilding Expert, Ambika Pokhrel, asks whether justice will prevail.
Besides registering cases in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), there were two major events in 2016 that affected transitional justice in Nepal.
21 April 2017: Insight on Conflict’s Bangladesh Local Peacebuilding Expert and Sumaya Imam Shuhcita say that to solve women’s problems in Bangladesh, women must be involved.
The word ‘peacebuilding’ sounds masculine: the sector deals with extremism, social upheaval, societal violence and instability. But in reality, the sector is universal, and transcends walls of gender discrimination and sexual orientation. This should be obvious: conflict and insecurity can affect anyone, irrespective of gender and race.