From the Hills to the Streets to the Table: Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding in Nepal

This case study builds on Véronique Dudouet’s 2017 ICNC Special Report, Powering to Peace: Integrated Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding Strategies. Utilizing Dudouet’s framework, we trace the development of conflict in Nepal over the past thirty years, with a specific emphasis on the 2006 civil resistance campaign and subsequent peace process that led to the resolution of the country’s decade-long Maoist insurgency.

Post-Doctoral Researcher Job Description

Governing the Un-governable: Understanding the space-violence relationship through an interrogation of municipal and police functioning

Post-Doctoral Researcher Job Description

One year, full-time; Fixed term.

Located in Kathmandu, Nepal; travel as necessary for project

Reports to: Subindra Bogati, Chief Executive, Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative;


Up to EUR 2,300 per month, paid directly to the post doc by the funder.

Start date

January 2020

To Apply please submit a cover letter elaborating how you meet the job specifications, an up-to-date CV, and a relevant writing sample (this can be of any length, and should showcase your thematic and/or technical skills) by FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th 2019 to Jeevan Thapa:

The Elusive 'New Nepal': Democratisation, Ethnic Politics and Social Contract-making in a Plural Society

Executive Summary

Nepal’s decade-long process from 2005 to 2015 of ending its civil war through a comprehensive peace agreement, constitution-making and overall democratisation of the state portend a ‘New Nepal’ social contract to upend centuries of exclusive rule and a hierarchically ranked society. This paper considers how the newfound social contract has been forged and the ways in which a sustainable contract remain elusive. While agreements have been reached and the state restructured, underlying economic and social transformation will be much more difficult to achieve. The paper evaluates Nepal as a deeply plural society in transition from a caste-based monarchy to democracy with analysis of efforts to strengthen institutions, build greater trust within society and address longstanding inequalities. A truly ‘New Nepal’ will require deep-seated economic and social transformation, and whether the hard-won social contract will be resilient over time remains to be seen.

Accountability to Affected People: A Review of Approaches and Practices in the Swiss Solidarity Funded Response to the Nepal Earthquake

This review analyses the approaches used by the 10 Swiss NGOs currently implementing projects in Nepal post-earthquake with Swiss Solidarity funds to enhance accountability to affected people (AAP) in their programmes. It seeks to gain the perceptions of affected people and their preferences for information dissemination and communication. The review focused on the key commitments to information sharing, ensuring engagement in decision making, listening to communities and complaints handling. The responsiveness of organizations to community feedback and the barriers to this were reviewed. Consultations with affected communities were undertaken in four field locations, the purpose of which were to understand the views and preferences of different groups within each community.

Are you Listening Now? Community Perspectives on Communication with Communities during the Nepal earthquake

Are you Listening Now? Community Perspectives on Communication with Communities during the Nepal earthquake

Margie Buchanan-Smith, Subindra Bogati and Sarah Routley, with Srijana Nepal, Sweta Khadka, Yamima Bomjan and Neha Uprety

This study is a rare effort to explore the views and experiences of communities affected by the Nepal earthquakes in April and May 2015, to find out how and whether their information needs were met. It aims to fill a knowledge gap about the relative contribution of humanitarian responders to communicate with communities in the months after the two earthquakes

The case for community-led peacebuilding in Nepal

The case for community-led peacebuilding in Nepal

Political transition in Nepal is awakening sleeping grievances and threatening social cohesion, argue Subindra Bogati and Benjamin Britton. They say that local organisations are best equipped to help the country navigate this tense period.

Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended Nepal’s decade-long civil war in 2006, the country has been wracked by recurring outbreaks of sometimes violent protest against the state and the perceived injustice of the status quo..

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Assessing Inclusivity in the Post-War Army Integration Process in Nepal

Asseing Inclusivity

In this Berghof Foundation paper, Subindra Bogati of Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, has tried to (i) analyse the process of army integration and (ii) examine the aspirations of former combatants.

One of the key features of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in 2006 by the Maoists and
seven other major political parties, was the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants.
After years of discussion on the written agreements and their interpretations, which were designed to
facilitate the decision-making process regarding the fate of Maoist combatants, the situation of having
two armies in one country finally came to an end in 2013.

Key Challenges of Security Provision in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Evidence from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal

Key Challenges of Security Provision in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts: Evidence from Kathmandu Valley and Terai Regions of Nepal Jaideep Gupte, IDS and Subindra Bogati, NPI

This research report explores why the rise of violent and organised crime has been centred in around the urbanised areas of the Terai and Kathmandu Valley – by unpacking the channels through which rapid urbanisation interacts with violent or/and organised crime – and within this paradigm specifically focus on youth and adolescent involvement.

The Missing Middle

Missing Middle

This publication reports on the history of the country’s armed groups, their initial proliferation following the signing of the CPA, their development and overlap with other societal groups, the reasons behind their recent decline, and their relationship to the state.