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Community mediation and social harmony in Nepal

Stein, Danielle (2013) Community mediation and social harmony in Nepal. Theories in practice series (JSRP Paper 5). Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper is part of the Theories in Practice series arising from the collaboration between JSRP and The Asia Foundation. The paper explores The Asia Foundation’s ‘Theory of Change’ for community mediation in Nepal. Through analysis of academic and practitioner sources combined with primary research across six Nepali districts, this paper analyses the evidence supporting the claim that mediation ‘improves social harmony’. This analysis is conducted using a framework of three potential pathways to social harmony: dispute resolution and prevention, relationship building and enhanced social inclusion. By exploring these pathways, this study demonstrates that community mediation is perceived positively by individuals who use its services, particularly when compared to other justice mechanisms in Nepal. However, this paper also shows that there remain gaps in evidence needed to substantiate the programme’s community-level impacts related to social harmony. Ultimately, this paper argues that long-term case tracking and in-depth engagement with target communities will help refine the Theory of Change for community mediation in Nepal and provide further insight into the programme’s community-level effects. Throughout this study, the benefits and problems associated with using Theories of Change as an entry point into programme research are also examined.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 10:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:01
Projects: Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)
Funders: UK aid, UK Government

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