Building Capacity with Nepal's National Human Rights Commission
In 2002-03, the Network was commissioned by British Embassy Katmandu
and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to advise on
strengthening of the National Human Rights Commission, to enhance its
capacity to contribute to sustainable peace, based on human rights.
This involved participatory needs analysis for institutional
development and capacity-building; advising on strategic planning
process; immediate methodology advice and workshop training. It also
involved longer-term recommendations for optimum means of support to
the Commission (political, technical, and financial) as well as to
other potential international interventions in support of the peace
In 2003-04, based on the IHRN advice provided, the NHRC and UNDP
requested the Network to provide on-going accompainment to support its
efforts at responding to the country's crisis. This was delivered in
close discussion with the NHRC's key stakeholders from local human
rights defenders to bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors in Kathmandu.
The situation worsend rapidly in 2005, and the UN Commission on
Human Rights requested OHCHR and the Government to agree the deployment
of international human rights field officers.
IHRN continues to advocate independent, participatory, impact
assessment of such field presences before the Nepal model is designed. Feedback is welcome regarding the discussion document Nepal: Learning from UN Human Rights Fieldwork.