Understanding the peace process ...

Nov 9, 2009

The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) in collaboration with the Local Development Training Academy (LDTA) conducted an 8 days training cum workshop on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution for over 20 Under-Secretaries from the MoPR, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the National Planning Commission (NPC).

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the technical capacity of the government officials in effectively discharging their roles and responsibilities towards achieving peace. An important aspect of the workshop was that senior officials of the MoPR including the Secretary and Joint Secretaries facilitated the key sessions and served as resource persons.

A field trip was also organised during the course, to observe rehabilitation and reconstruction activities carried out in Chautara, Sindhupalchowk district.

“Conducting such a training with in- house expertise and local facilities contributes towards effective capacity development initiatives which allows timely and affordable replication of the much needed peace related knowledge and expertise among the civil servants”, said Durga Nidhi Sharma, Joint Secretary of the MoPR and one of the resource persons.

The workshop covered a number of topics such as: Do no harm; Conflict-definition, causes and impact; Analyzing Conflict-Experiences of Nepalese Conflict settlement; Transitional Justice, Humanitarian Law Practices and Experiences; Protection of Human Rights-Longitudinal Analysis; Post Conflict Reconstruction; Rehabilitation, Reconciliation with cases from International Perspective; Intra and inter linkages of Government Mechanisms Towards Peace; and The Overall Peace Process in Nepal including Sharing Experiences of Ireland and UK.

At the request of the organisers, UNDP Technical Advisor to MoPR, Mr. Sayed Sahibzada facilitated a session on the concept of Rehabilitation, Reconciliation with experiences and examples from Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan and their relevance to the context of Nepal. The workshop was designed to address some of the capacity needs and gaps identified during the capacity assessment in August 2008 by MoPR with support from UNDP Nepal and the Regional Center in Bangkok. The assessment paved the way to formulate a prioritized capacity development strategy.

The resource persons for the training were Mr. Daman Nath Dhungana (former speaker and mediator during the Nepal Peace Process), Mr. Padma Ratna Tuladhar (former minister and member of the mediation team). Dr. Purna Kant Adhikari, Gauri Pradhan and Subodh Pyakurel, the eminent human rights activists were among other resource persons.

At the end of the training, the Government officials appreciated the resource persons for sharing their knowledge.

As way forward and as envisaged in the capacity development strategy, a Leadership Training was identified as essential training for further enhancing their capacity.

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