Retrospective of CPA Implementation in Nepal
Nearly a decade after the signing of Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), Nepal has promulgated Constitution of Nepal, 2015 from the Constituent Assembly institutionalizing Nepal from a unitary, Hindu, monarchical state with exclusionary policies into a federal, secular, republic state with inclusionary policies. The foundation for peace in Nepal set by people’s movement of 2006 and the CPA, and complemented by mandate of Madhesh, Janajati and Dalit movements has been successful in promulgation of a new Constitution after election of two Constituent Assemblies, integration of Maoist combatants and management of their arms, provision of interim relief and compensation to conflict victims, establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Enforced Disappearances Enquiry Commission and rebuilding of some public physical infrastructures.
The path to peaceful, democratic and prosperous Nepal is still challenged by successful implementation of the new Constitution, resolution of conflicts in different parts of the country and restructuring of the state, implementation of transitional justice process, scientific land reform, economic growth and social inclusion.
Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in 2006, the United States Agency for International Development, the European Union and the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal have supported various aspects of Nepal’s peace process in partnership with the Government of Nepal. To commemorate the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the signing of the CPA in November 2016, these donors have planned several activities including an essay competition for school children, two regional peace conferences, and the production and dissemination of a documentary on best practices in peacebuilding. A central feature of the commemoration shall be a publication on ‘Retrospective of CPA Implementation in Nepal‘ in both Nepali and English languages to be launched at an international conference planned for November 2016 by the Nepal Transition to Peace Institute (NTTP-I).
The publication shall include 40 evidence and research-based (primary or secondary) articles commissioned from national and international authors. Authors are expected to focus on one of the following topics related to Nepal’s peace process: accomplishments, outstanding agenda items and issues, mechanisms and institutions and future prospects.
All interested political actors, experts and practitioners in peacebuilding and transitional justice, victims/survivors and conflict-affected persons, media persons, academia and supporters/observers of Nepal’s peace process are invited to submit abstracts of their articles not exceeding 1,000 words by January 15, 2016. After the screening of the abstracts by a panel of reviewers, the authors of selected abstracts will be requested to submit their full articles by April 15, 2016.