Institute for Peace and Justice
Contact: Daniel Orth
Phone: (619) 260-4066
Fax: (619) 260-7570
Location: KIPJ Suite 119
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) has been privileged to participate in peacebuilding activities in Nepal for over 15 years. During this time, the IPJ has held hundreds of workshops, roundtable discussions and training sessions, and met with thousands of people from all sectors and diverse caste, class and ethnic backgrounds from districts across Nepal.
Initially invited by political leaders to do peacebuilding work in the country during the height of its civil war, the IPJ has since responded to various sectors of civil society, security forces, youth and women. These groups were looking for skills to overcome challenges to post-conflict integration and inclusion, and to create the community awareness needed for peace and reconciliation.
Over the years, the IPJ has seen:
- the end of the monarchy through a People’s uprising and the end of the Maoist civil war (2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord);
- the establishment of multiparty democracy (2007 Interim Constitution) and two rounds of constitutional assembly elections;
- devastating earthquakes and the passing of a flawed constitution leading to violent unrest in the Terai region
The IPJ’s “whole community” approach to strategic peacebuilding involves engaging individuals regardless of identity, background or experience. The IPJ’s convening power creates a platform for individuals and groups to share their experiences, gain mediation and negotiation skills, and increase their knowledge of others. The IPJ prioritizes bringing the justice of inclusion to peace processes. In addition, distinguished journalists, researchers, program officers, interns and students have worked with the IPJ and local partners to engage in peacebuilding in Nepal.
The institute plans to continue implementing this whole community approach in Kathmandu, Pokhara, the Terai and other rural areas, as new funding is secured.
For more information on the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, please contact Director Dee Aker.
Map of the Institute's Nepal Project Sites (2001-2016)