Developing capacity for peace

21 Feb 2009

imageDeveloping capacity for peace

UNDP’s Assistance to the Peace Process in Nepal (APPN) project has been providing technical assistance to the peace process since the beginning of 2007. At the request of the Government, the project ran a one-day workshop on 21 February to bring out the priorities and plan of action for formulating a new project to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), to implement its mandate for a successful peace process.

Senior officials from MoPR including Joint Secretaries Mr. Hari Kumar Shrestha and Mr. Deependra Nath Sharma, UNDP Nepal Country Director Ms. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau, Ms. Nescha Teckle, UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team Leader and Regional Advisor in Bangkok, UNDP staff from the Peace Building Recovery Unit participated in the workshop.

The 27 officials from various divisions of MoPR extensively discussed the findings and recommendations of the report from the capacity assessment that was carried out in August 2008 and prioritized their needs for capacity development.

Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Secretary of MoPR appreciated UNDP’s support for the proposed capacity development framework recommended during the workshop.

A joint team of MoPR and UNDP will finalize the Capacity Development project by mid-March.

A preliminary assessment of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) was carried out in August 2008 by UNDP with support from its Regional Center in Bangkok at the request of the Government, to identify the Ministry’s needs and to formulate a capacity development strategy. A comprehensive MoPR capacity assessment report was prepared then and submitted to the Ministry for further review and prioritization of the ministry’s needs for capacity development.