German Contribution to the Peace Process in Nepal
A Decade of Cooperation in Review
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit | 2014
Between 1996 and 2006 Nepal experienced an escalation of social and political conflicts, leading eventually to a civil war. Approximately 13,000 people lost their lives, more than a thousand are still missing and tens of thousands lost their homes, becoming refugees in their own country. The consequences of war, such as physical injuries and emotional trauma, continue to affect Nepali society today. Infrastructure, including roads, power supply lines and police stations were destroyed, markets came to a standstill and the economy suffered from a significant downturn. The key concern of the German Development Cooperation in Nepal during and after the civil war was to contribute constructively to the resolution of existing social conflicts. This publication focuses on measures implemented between 2003 and 2013, which were specifically aimed at crisis prevention and used conflict sensitive approaches.