IPJ Recognized for Years of Peace Work in Nepal
Monday, February 2, 2009
For the past eight years, members of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) have made frequent trips to Nepal and quietly been a part of the development process of that country.
They have met with top leaders in major venues in Kathmandu, and huddled with small groups of citizens in the most remote areas. They’ve been utilized as consultants and called upon to teach conflict management and communication skills to political leaders, civic society spokespersons and women representatives.
Their work was recently recognized with a presentation of the Everest Summit Award by the top Nepal government leader, Maoist Chairman Prachanda, in Kathmandu on May 25. Dee Aker, IPJ interim executive director, and Laura Taylor, an IPJ program officer who has worked extensively in Nepal, accepted the honor during a two-week visit to the country.