Security Sector Transformation in Nepal
After almost 10 years of internal conflict, a peace agreement was concluded in Nepal on 21 November 2006 between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Government of Nepal. In April 2008, a Constituent Assembly was elected with the task of drafting the country's new Constitution. In May 2008, the Constituent Assembly declared Nepal to be a federal democratic republic. DCAF's projects in Nepal support the security sector related aspects of the ongoing peace and democratisation process.
DCAF assists in the development and implementation of a midterm national security sector transformation programme. The aim of the programme is to empower the parliament, civil society and security institutions on issues of democratic security sector governance, introduce stakeholders to the mechanisms and tools used to effect oversight, transparency and accountability, and to promote dialogue between different interest groups.
Upon the request of a group of like-minded states, including Switzerland, the UK, Denmark and Norway, DCAF supported the security sector related political framework in Nepal as the key actor in the ongoing security sector transformation process. In consultation with the main stakeholders, DCAF designed a security sector transformation programme which focuses on enhancing the oversight and legislative role of the Parliament and supports the Constituent Assembly in the drafting of security sector related clauses of the Constitution. Additionally, DCAF also provided technical expertise to other key stakeholders of the security sector, ranging from the civil society to the security providers.
A next project phase is in preparation.
The DCAF Leaflet gives a short introduction to DCAF's mission, the organisation and thematic and regional programmes.