Achievements

Enhancing national capacity to monitor and analyze armed violence

  • The project led to the development of a draft strategy and action plan for the Nepal Center for Crime Observation (NCCO). The strategy was discussed at a five-day workshop on "Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting on Crime Violence" held in May 2013.

    The NCCO to be established under the oversight of MoHA aims to centralize and analyze the crime and violence data from different bodies, including the police and the civil society groups. It also aims to produce qualitative and quantitative reports on crime and violence at a strategic level (e.g. policy development) and tactical level (e.g. police operational level).

    This resulted into Government of Nepal decision to establish Nepal Center for Crime Observation (NCCO).

  • Supported and facilitated engagement of senior delegations from MoHA and the security bodies in sharing experiences and learning best practices on monitoring crime and violence at important international forums, including the Expert Meetings on Crime and Violence Observatory in Switzerland and Colombia and at the crime and violence observatories in France and Honduras.

Strengthening national capacities to control SALW

  • The project facilitated developing recommendations on draft strategy and action plan on small arms control. The strategy was discussed at a five-day workshop on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) held in September 2013. The action plan aims, among other things, to reduce armed violence, including crime and gender-based violence and improve community security.

  • Assisted the Government of Nepal to attend Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations at UN Headquarters, New York. In March 2013, Nepal voted in favor of it.

  • Assisted the Government of Nepal to attend the meeting on UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN PoA).

Supporting gender-responsive armed violence reduction initiatives

  • The project developed a Community Security Planning Manual (Nepali and English), which shall be used in training a pool of facilitators, social mobilizers and NGOs in organizing and running participatory, conflict- and gender-sensitive community security planning processes, including the ‘Do No Harm’ approach.

  • Conducted an in-depth Research on GBV and Masculinities with the aim to help better understand the linkages between gender identities and the use of gender-based violence, including underlying reasons for men’s engagement in violence, resilience and opportunities to engage them as change agents.

  • Developed a bi-lingual (English and Nepali) GBV Prevention Peer Education Manual with specific focus on men, youth and leaders as key advocates for change. The manual will be used to train peer educators on the issue of GBV prevention in the project districts.

  • Involved 167 representatives (24% female 76% male) from over 100 youth-focused NGOs/GOs through a series of workshops in an assessment of existing policies, programmes on youth violence prevention, identification of best practices and exploration of prospects of intervention in the nine target districts.

Raising awareness on armed violence reduction and community security

The project works closely with the Government of Nepal on raising awareness on armed violence reduction and community security in the target areas. The awareness raising activities aim at influencing positive behavior change on issues of GBV, youth violence and community security. The activities target mainly the 1) people who possess illegal arms, 2) youths and adolescents of age between 10-18, 3) women victims of GBV, men, women and the general public. Activities carried out in this pillar are as follows:

  • In March 2013, the project trained around 30 representatives from different NGOs on awareness raising on armed violence reduction and supported NGOs such as INSEC on enhancing their capacities to collect, report, analyze and digitize data on armed violence.

  • On November 28, 2013, the project hosted a public event and reached out to around 1000 youth with messages on GBV prevention through the language of art, music and performance. The event engaged 30 senior artists in live painting on violence and gender experiences, young musicians and singers in musical concerts and theater artists in performing a drama. The activities were organized during the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence”.

  • From March 11 to 18, 2014, as a follow up to the November event and to link with the International Women’s Day that falls on March 8, the project with Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) organized a weeklong exhibition of the 30 paintings drawn on the theme of gender and violence.

  • Convened regular meetings of Working Group on Armed Violence Reduction, a group comprising representatives from NGOs, CSOs working on armed violence reduction, community security and collection and analysis of data on violence, to fasclitate coordination and sharing of information.

  • Produced and enacted a street drama "Kancho Mato" in Dhangadi of Kailali, Nepalgunj of Banke and Birgunj of Parsa. Kancho Mato, meaning clay, presented stories on the theme of youth violence prevention. The drama was found very effective in raising awareness on youth violence prevention, as it presented not just the stories to a passive audience but also engaged them on directing the very story and exploring the options and consequences of different actions, finally making them realize how they could contribute to prevent youth violence.

Project Overview

Project Districts:
Morang, Saptari, Dhanusa, Bara, Parsa, Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur

Project Period:
2014-2016

Implementing Partner:
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal

Project Budget:
US$7,026,512

Funding Partners:
UNDP, UN Peace Fund Nepal

For more information:

Peace Building and Recovery Unit (PBRU)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP Annex IV, Karmachari Sanchayakosh Building (1st floor)
Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal Tel: +977-1-5523200
Email: registry.np@undp.org
Web: www.np.undp.org