Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Publication date: 
2017
Accord issue: 
Issue 26

Strong and inclusive local governance is a vital building block for countries in post-conflict transition. Yet, as Bandita Sijapati argues, these structures have been both neglected and instrumentalised in the post-conflict Nepal. Post-war measures such as the All-Party Mechanism or Local Peace Committees have failed to engage political power or succumbed to partisanship or clientilism Without support, a lack of local governance will undermine state legitimacy, thereby limiting possibilities of peaceful change.