Role of Local Governments in Conflict Management: Experience from Nepal


Conflicts occurring at the local level mostly on the issues that affect everyday life of people have become political in nature due to increasing politicization of society. Like other countries, local justice of Nepal is rest with community driven judiciary process under the auspicious of local government structure. The setting of local dispute resolution in rural Nepal takes in the traditional process of Village Development Committee. Unfortunately, Village Development Committee, the ancient local bench of Nepal does not inherit an effective criminal court to administer trial and punishment on individuals autonomously and resulting in mounting local disputes. It is also apparent that, success of local conflict management through permissible approach does not transpire itself as a vibrant body to ensure fair play across the level; rather it has been paralyzed due to undue influence of the vested quarters in the rural Nepal.

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