Our Programs

NPI works in many areas in Nepal.  Below is a map of the districts where NPI projects are located.



NPI currently works on the following themes:

  • Violence Prevention and Reduction
  • Inclusive Political Processes for Peace
  • Good Governance
  • Small Arms and Light Weapons
  • Information and Communication Technologies and Peacebuilding
  • Youth and Peacebuilding
  • Intercommunal Dialogue


As well as continuous conflict monitoring and engagement, over the past two years NPI has worked with the following organizations: CDAC Network, Conflict Armament Research, Global Center on Cooperative Security, Geneva Call, University of Denver, University of Sussex - Institute of Development Studies, Tearfund, Action Aid, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Oxfam GB and other local partners.

  • University of Denver - Innovations in Peacebuilding

This is an ongoing 2-year research, dialogue, and policy project that explores innovations in peacebuilding in Nepal and other countries through a focus on how local stakeholders in conflict-affected countries relate to and further international human rights norms. The research is being undertaken with key staff and researchers from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The project explores the research question of How do norms affect mobilization dynamics in local settings in conflict-affected countries, and what are the implications for peacebuilding practice and effectiveness? The methodology includes new empirical research on Nepal and South Africa - two commonly cited peacebuilding success stories. Find out more about the project here.

  • Conflict Armament Research - Illegal Small Arms Assessment 

Working in partnership with the London-based Conflict Armament Research the project was designed to generate unique evidence on weapon supplies into Nepal's armed groups in order to inform and support effective weapon management and control by Nepal Police.

  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - Addressing and Mitigating Violence

Under the title of Key Challenges of Security Provision in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Evidence from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal, Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative undertook direct research resulting in a number of key findings and pathways to reducing urban violent crime. The full report can found here

  • Global Center on Cooperative Security - Countering Violent Extremism

​NPI is working with the Global Center on Cooperative Security on a pilot project to explore methods of countering violent extremism through interaction with armed non-state actors and groups with radical agendas, bringing them together with police representatives in a neutral environment for substantive dialogue. The project is aimed at undermining the drivers for young people to join extremist armed groups and organised crime in Nepal.

  • Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities - CDAC Network Collaboration

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) is a network is a unique cross-sector collaboration. Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative worked with the CDAC network on a field research project focused on communicating with communities during the Nepal earthquake response period. The key principles of collaboration and partnership underpin the way network members work together to respond to the challenges facing humanitarian action, as emergencies increase in magnitude and complexity. Communicating with, and providing information to, people affected by crisis is increasingly being recognized as vital in humanitarian response. Communicating with communities is a growing field that helps to meet the information and communication needs of people affected by crisis. See the final report here.

  • Geneva Call - Humanitarian Law During Armed Conflict

Geneva Call is a leading Switzerland-based organisation which promotes respect by armed non-state actors for international humanitarian norms during conflict and situations of violence. NPI and Geneva call co-curated a workshop on International Humanitarian Law during times of armed conflict with a special focus on protection of civilians. Participants from India and Nepal participated in this three-day workshop and contact between NPI and Geneva Call is ongoing for the purpose of conflict monitoring.  

  • Tearfund, Action Aid, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Oxfam GB

NPI, in collaboration with five international development and humanitarian agencies, commissioned research that conducted an in-depth study of the Nepal earthquake response to explore how the humanitarian system can move towards a more collaborative approach between national and international humanitarian organizations during crisis. The report for this project can be found here

  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - GrOW Project

Growth and Equal Opportunities for Women - GrOW Project entitled ‘Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work” which was led by IDS and Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), India. The research explored the balance between the paid work and unpaid care work of the women residing in the rural areas of Nepal and how that related to their economic realities.  For more information on the project see here