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Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Much to show but still far to go

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister Sushil Koirala from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists – different from the breakaway fundamentalist faction – voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment? By Gabriele Köhler


Only a few short years ago, Nepal emerged from a 10 year civil conflict which had cost 15000 lives – out of a total population of roughly 30 million people. Some six years later, Nepal no longer makes headlines in the international media. The arduous process of transforming a conflict- and autocracy-ridden polity no longer captures people’s imaginations beyond Nepal itself. This is a pity because the country deserves attention for its political accomplishments and merits deeper analysis in light of its complex human development outcomes ...

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The political plane – mixed developments
Explosive issues remain
Encouraging Human Development Index
But everyday misery, social exclusion and lack of employment
What next?

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Gabriele Köhler is a development economist, an incoming Visiting Fellow at UNRISD, Geneva, and an Associate of the IDS, Sussex. Please visit >>> http://www.gabrielekoehler.net

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