Fairness and Efficiency in Reparations

Between May 2010 and February 2012, IOM Nepal, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with support from the global UN Peacebuilding Fund through the UN Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) implemented the project “Fairness and Efficiency in Reparations to Conflict Affected Persons in Nepal". The project aimed to strengthen and consolidate the peace process through efficient and transparent delivery of reparations to conflict affected victims. Key outcomes of the project were the development of a comprehensive reparations policy and administrative tools, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines, which were presented for consideration to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), victims group and other relevant stakeholders. The MoPR, twelve selected District Administration Offices and conflict victims were the primary beneficiaries of this project. Effective and transparent organizational structures and implementation procedures were designed to implement a future reparations programme. These endeavours included mapping of existing interim relief mechanisms, designing an outreach strategy and implementation plan, designing a strategy for the collection and registration of victims and beneficiaries’ data, process-flows and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the processing of victims’ reparation claims.

IOM also extended technical assistance to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction(MoPR) in the implementation of the World Bank-funded Employment Self Employment Program (ESES) for conflict affected persons. Areas of support included the development and implementation of an outreach strategy and production and dissemination of promotional materials, development of a grievance mechanism, trainings and administrative support and design of an NGO coordination mechanism.