The politics of the post-conflict and post-disaster nexus in Nepal

Elly Harrowell, Alpaslan Ozerdem

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    The intersection of the post-conflict reconstruction processes established in Nepal’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2006, and the post-disaster reconstruction effort that swung into action following the country’s devastating earthquakes in 2015 provides an important opportunity to observe to what extent synergies between the two reconstruction processes have been successfully exploited. This paper critically examines these two processes, demonstrating that despite a growing recognition of the value of linking these processes by researchers, in practice they often remain separate. It shows how certain actors have framed the post-disaster reconstruction as unrelated to post-conflict activities in order to avoid what they perceive as the risk of politicising – and thus delaying – the post-disaster reconstruction process. The paper suggests that this is a mistake. The process of post-disaster reconstruction is innately political and intricately entwined with the very same issues and activities the post-conflict reconstruction process attempted to address. Moreover, we argue that the entire process is taking place within a political context which is a product of the as-yet unresolved post-conflict polity. Any reconstruction process that does not take this into account risks being undermined by the same challenges that underpinned the country’s conflict.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181-205
    Number of pages25
    JournalConflict, Security and Development
    Issue number3
    Early online date22 May 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Conflict, Security and Development on 22/05/2018, available online:

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    • Nepal earthquake 2015
    • Post-conflict reconstruction
    • Post-disaster reconstruction
    • Nepal


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