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

Austin Lord and Sneha Moktan review the political impact of the 2015 earthquakes. Emergency response mirrored failings of institutional incompetence and political patronage, with marginalised communities amongst the last to receive help. Dysfunctional local governance structures added to the problem. And whilst the earthquake reenergised the stalled constitutional process, this has also been criticised for failing to engage the wider society and for backtracking on inclusive reforms.