Conflict Prevention Programme (CPP)

Religious leaders representing different faiths working collaboratively to promote dialogue and mitigate potential conflict

The People’s Movement II and subsequent signing of the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) brought about historic changes in Nepali society. It also ushered Nepal into a complex transition, and bringing to the fore many political challenges as well as social and identity tensions.

Ensuring that this is a successful transition requires leaders to apply innovative approaches to complex problems and establish more collaborative relationship. The Conflict Prevention Programme (CPP) is designed to assist the Government of Nepal, and other key actors including political parties and civil society organizations, to find consensus on contentious transitional issues and avoid the escalation of political, resource or identity-related tensions. The CPP’s Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue (CLD) initiative seeks to foster consensus on contentious transitional issues, and prevent the escalation of socio-political tensions at both the national and local levels. The programme is also supporting the Government to develop a conflict Early Warning/ Early Response (EWER) system to address the emergence of localized tensions in timely and constructive manner. In addition, the CPP is assisting the Government and UN system to mainstream conflict sensitive approaches to their programming and policies...Read More

What have we accomplished so far

  • In 2014, under the Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue (CLD) initiative, UNDP convened a series of confidential dialogues between senior media persons and second tier political leaders to identify key issues of political transition, and help each group understand the nuances of constitution writing.

  • The Editors Forum, formed with the support of CLD, meets periodically to assess the role of media in giving a positive direction to the peace process, and to develop common grounds for consensus on key issues. This initiative has helped editors reflect on their role in peace process, and develop shared ideas of how they can contribute jointly to help political actors conclude the transition smoothly.

  • With CPP’s support, national and local leaders have used CLD as tools to address divisive issues that could escalate into more serious tensions. Seven multi stakeholders’ dialogue fora were established in 2014 to provide space for government officials, political party leaders and civil society actors to identify and discuss issues of concerns in their respective regions. For instance, religious leaders, who have skills in CLD approach continue to address possible religious tension between Muslim and other communities in Banke district.

Latest Updates

  • Ambassadors and UNDP CD visit Nepalgunj

    UNDP Country Director along with Ambassadors of Norway, Denmark, the European Union and Switzerland to Nepal travelled to Nepalgunj on 13 February to take stock of development operational space in the region. more

  • A view of Major intersection of highways in Itahari, Sunsari. Photo: Santosh Yadav/Journalist

    Sunsari leaders create forum to diffuse tensions

      SUNSARI - Political party leaders, in close coordination with district level government officials and civil society representatives, have agreed to form a multi-stakeholder dialogue forummore

Project Overview


Project duration:
2010 - 2017

Geographic coverage:
CPP’s  five regional offices covering five Development Regions have  two programme focus districts each. Regional offices are located in Damak (East),  Bharatpur (Central), Pokhara (West), Nepalgunj (Mid-West) and Kailali (Far West) and a sub-regional office is in Janakpur.

Focus Area:
Conflict and Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Implemented by:

Supported by:
Norway, SIDA, UNDP and UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN), European Union

Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), Local Peace Committees, Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC), Local Development Training Academy (LDTA)

Key Stakeholders:
Political party leaders, civil society representatives and Government officials

UNDP focal point:
Mr. Peter Barwick
Project Manager
Conflict Prevention Programme, UNDP
3rd Floor, KSK Building, POB 108 Pulchowk
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5010135 Ext. 123
Fax: 977-1- 501081