Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security (AVRSCS)

Following the successful completion of the second Constituent Assembly Elections in November 2013, building on the accomplished peace milestones, like the integration of the former combatants and clearing known minefields, as Nepal moves ahead to consolidate peace and development gains, the task of violence prevention and strengthening community security in a selection of districts, identified as “hotspots” demands due attention. At the national level, forging wider political consensus and drafting a new constitution within the stipulated time is a major challenge for the new Constituent Assembly. At the sub-national levels, ethnic and political tensions and rising levels of criminal violence are evident including in the Kathmandu valley, Terai districts, Eastern Hills and the Mid-Western Hills. Given this trend of violence and unresolved political contentions, vigilance with regards to the prospects of violence escalation is required. This calls for an increased support to the Government of Nepal in making a measurable reduction in the risks and incidence of armed violence in Nepal. The AVRSCS project aims to cater to this need.

What have we accomplished so far

  • In 2014, Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security (AVRSCS) project was successful in engaging over 2800 people (38 percent women) in developing community security action plans for six clusters, comprising of 24 VDCs in six Tarai districts through consultations and workshops. As the action plans were developed in a gender responsive and conflict sensitive manner, gender-based violence is now recognized as a key community security issue, rather than a personal matter, as traditionally accepted.

  • The project also developed a Community Security Training Manual and a total of 20 facilitators were trained. Interactions between security agencies and citizens, also supported by the project, helped improve trust between police and the public.

  • In 2014, UNDP supported infrastructure establishment and IT firm selection for the Nepal Crime Observation Center (NCOC) as part of a multi-year activity to aid Nepal Police to centralize, collect and analyze crime and violence data to inform security policy and programming.

  • On 2014 Nepal Police Day, UNDP presented Nepal Police with 26 motorcycles, 508 bicycles and 307 mobile handsets, which have resulted in increased police patrolling and rapid response.

  • An assessment of the stock of available weapons, and their management, was carried out in nine districts which helped to identify gaps in stockpile management requirements to be addressed in compliance with International Small Arms Control Standard (ISACS).

Latest Updates

  • A participant in the workshop (and a facilitator) present the outcome of a group discussion. Photo: Yogen Rai, UNDP Nepal

    Workshop leads to a draft strategy on crime and violence in Nepal

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organised a workshop on Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting of Crime and Violencemore

Project Overview

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

Project Period:

Implementing Partner:
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal

Project Budget:

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

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