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

May 10, 2013

A participant in the workshop (and a facilitator) present the outcome of a group discussion. Photo: Yogen Rai, UNDP 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 Violence last week which resulted in a joint draft strategy and action plan to support the Government of Nepal in improving data gathering and analysis on crime and violence. The strategy and action plan will be presented to the Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs for review and approval.

The workshop brought together all security actors under the Ministry of Home Affairs, including representatives from the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, National Investigation Department, from the central and the local level, to discuss and agree on a strategy and action plan for strengthening Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting of Crime and Violence in Nepal.  The joint workshop was held at the Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha during the second week of May and is part of the Armed Violence Reduction and Strengthening Community Security (AVRSCS) Project supported by UNDP, currently in the final stages of its approval at the Ministry of Finance.

As a country emerging from a long conflict, Nepal faces many security challenges ranging from petty crime to instances of armed violence. The decade-long conflict resulted in proliferation small arms—often negatively affecting the way in which personal or group disputes are resolved.

The project, which focuses on nine districts that have been identified as vulnerable to crime and violence based on available data and extensive consultations with the government, seeks to address these issues through a number of critical interventions. The first pillar of the project, aims to enhance government capacities to monitor and analyse the incidence and distribution of armed violence to inform strategy development and planning for the reduction and prevention of armed violence.

The inaugural session of the workshop was attended by Home Secretary Mr. Navin Kumar Ghimire, UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda, Inspector General of Nepal Police Mr. Kuber Singh Rana, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Mr. Kosh Raj Onta, and Chief of the National Investigations Department Mr. Moti Bahadur Gurung.

“Given the extensive consultations with my office, I feel confident in saying that this workshop reflects the larger vision that we have for strengthening monitoring, analysis and reporting of crime and violence in the country,” Home Secretary Mr. Navin Kumar Ghimire said.

Ms. Shoko Noda, UNDP Country Director said that the UNDP was pleased to be of assistance to the Ministry of Home Affairs in addressing security challenges.

“Without adequate security development initiatives alone are not likely to yield the desired results,” Ms. Noda said. “International experiences have shown that the most effective way to break cycles of conflict is to support nationally driven progress in the three areas– namely jobs, justice and security.”

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