Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN)


Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN) project supports the inclusive functioning of the Constituent Assembly (CA) and enables the participation of all sectors of society in drafting the new constitution.

On 21 November 2006, Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). A central pillar of the accord is the writing of a new constitution that grants equal rights and opportunities to all Nepalese people. Historically, Nepalese society has been deeply divided along caste and ethnic lines and grievances about political, economic, and social exclusion were at the heart of the conflict.

The April 2008 elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) resulted in a record number of women, Dalits and Janajati people being elected to make this the most socially inclusive legislative body in Nepal's history. It was recognised from the start that the development of a new constitution to restructure the state and establish a new system of government was a huge challenge given the large size and diversity of the assembly, the limited experience in creating a secular, federal, republican constitution and the difficulties of ensuring adequate people’s participation...Read More

Project Overview

Status:
active

Project duration:
May 2008 to June 2015

Geographic coverage:
Implemented by UNDP in the Constituent Assembly and all 240 constituencies across Nepal

Focus Area:
Democratic Governance

Main Partners:
The Constituent Assembly, its secretariat and its members

Funding Partners:
UNDP, DFID, Denmark, Norway, British Embassy, BCPR, Austria, Japan, Switzerland

UNDP focal point:
Ms. Kalpana Sarkar
Programme Analyst
Governance Unit, UNDP
UN House
POB 107 Pulchowk, Lalitpur
Tel: 977-1-5523200 ext. 1019
Fax: 977-1-5523991
Email: kalpana.sarkar@undp.org

Project focal point:
Mr. Raj Bahadur Shrestha
Deputy Project Manager

Tara House

Sanepa, Lalitpur
Phone: 01-5013054

Website: www.spcbn.org.np

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