Past Programs

Fact-Finding Mission to Nepal


The National Peace Campaign (NPC), the Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) and the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESOD) invited representatives of the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) to come to Nepal to help initiate a dialogue for peace and empower local people with skills and techniques in conflict resolution. As a first step in this endeavor, Ambassador John McDonald, Dr. Eileen Boris (IMTD) and Marcel C.A. Smits (IIMCR) visited Nepal for a six-day fact-finding mission on the Maoist conflict situation between 6 -12 May 2001.

During the trip, the IMTD/IIMCR consultants met and held interviews with members of political parties, human rights organizations, NGOs including women’s organizations, journalists, trade unions, scholars, police, (bi-multilateral) donor agencies and indigenous communities. The visit provided them with an overview of the conflict from all parties' perspectives. It gave the consultants the general "lay of the land" in order to determine the interests, needs, and perceptions of the different parties.