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Project ID:00085965Description:PBF/NPL/A-1 Catalytic Support
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 15 Mar 2013
Democratic Governance -W2
End Date*: 15 Dec 2015
Country: Nepal Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Project Description:

Despite the political and democratic progress since the end of the conflict, Nepal continues to face multiple land issues. If left unaddressed these issues could have adverse effects on peace consolidation, political stabilization and socio-economic development. Some land issues have existed for centuries and are deeply entrenched in Nepali society and linked to discrimination and structures of feudal land ownership and informal land tenure. Indeed, it is generally recognized that land issues were one of the root causes for the 10-year conflict between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists. Other land issues have been caused by the conflict, the large-scale displacement and the land seizure it generated. The complexity of these multilayered land issues and their great political sensitivity have led to an impasse and inability to address them, further aggravated by weak land management institutions at both national and local level and a confused legal framework.

Resolving those issues is critical for sustainable peace, social cohesion and long term development in Nepal. Hence, the overall aim and expected peacebuilding impact of this project – which has been developed after extensive consultations and in close cooperation with the national and local authorities and other stakeholders – is the creation of an environment conducive for the development and implementation of a land policy, with provisions of land reform and land use, and the peaceful resolution of land and property conflicts. The project aims to achieve this by small catalytic steps that aim to create dialogue between the different parties, clarify and assess the legal situation regarding land and property as a precondition for land reform as well as facilitate the preparation of land use plans by building institutional capacity. This way, institutional weaknesses to address land issues in the districts will be reduced and the assessment and enhancement of the open source based land information system in the three districts will show the way forward for the rest of the country.

The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the Ministry of Land Reform and Management, the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, the District Land Survey and Revenue offices, the District-, Municipality- and Village-level Development Committees as well as the Land Use Implementation Committees.

PBF Outcome:

The ultimate aim of the project is to achieve UNPFN’s Strategic Outcome 4: “Nepal’s leaders are prepared to develop a national transition plan for implementation of land reform and property return”, which in turn contributes to the strengthening of the overall peace process.

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