Our Organisational Culture
The Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative (NPI) has a ten-point code of conduct:
- We put peace first, and hope to leave behind a better world than the one we inherited.
- We are driven towards finding local solutions for local problems, but like to think bigger than national or societal boundaries.
- We confront orthodox ideas on peacebuilding and development, and thrive in challenges.
- We believe in teamwork, and actively seek out like-minded people.
- We strive to achieve synergy with our counterparts in government, civil society and the community at large.
- We like to maximize impact and minimize the time taken to achieve it.
- We are our own biggest critics and constantly seek to improve ourselves.
- We love opinions and debates, but only if it is backed by solid data.
- We bring decades of combined professional experience to the table, but also believe that the world runs on empathy and interpersonal relationships.
- We call ourselves an “initiative” because we like to kickstart or spur fresh thinking, hoping that the momentum we lend to ideas translate to tangible human gains on the ground.
How we undertake our work
Research: Through rigorous and ongoing research streams we are constantly revising our personal assumptions about the causes of continued violence and conflict within Nepal. We do so by conjecturing, testing hypotheses and building theories on the social, political, cultural and economic conditions in Nepal, which ultimately inform policy that can be easily harnessed at various levels of society.
Advocacy: We believe that every voice should be heard, so we work with local and national stakeholders, media and policy makers to address injustice based directly on what we hear on the ground.
Training: We provide a range of bespoke training to local and national level stakeholders, community activists, and media personnel on the basis of needs and key themes that can be customized to the environment.
Dialogue: We are a platform for people to identify challenges, commonalities and potential pathways to prevent and address violence and build sustainable peace, thus increasing societal resilience. Dialogue facilitated by NPI is characterized by impartiality, inclusiveness and a solutions focus.