EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Nepal Outreach Counter-Terrorism Workshop

28 August – 1 September 2006


Objectives. The objectives of the Nepal Outreach Counter-Terrorism Workshop were to stimulate and enhance dialogue among the political leaders, policy makers, civil society, academics, and security practitioners as well as to generate ideas and proposals for the security sector reform in Nepal that can contribute to democratic consolidation and political stability in the country.

 

Purpose.  The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the impact on attendees at the Nepal Outreach as well as the workshops’ effectiveness in achieving its stated objective.

 

Workshop Results. The six major factions of Nepalese society for the first time worked together in discussing the issues and forming a common understanding facing the government.  The Prime Minister of Nepal was briefed on the results of the workshop and commented that he was “sincerely impressed with the results” of the workshop.

 

Qualitative Analysis

WORKSHOP RESULTS:

Understanding Security Issues/Dynamics:  Over half the participants (55%) stated that the workshop discussions helped them to increase their understanding of security issues and the “dynamics of the state under democratic transformation.”  The workshop helped them “to broaden [their] horizon of knowledge through effective participation and brainstorming” and “to identify the real and perceived problems between the security forces and [the] rest of the society.”

Stimulate & Enhance Dialogue: A number of participants felt that the workshop offered a “unique forum where professionals, experts, politicians, governmental and non-governmental officials and members from security agencies could interact and express their ideas, views, opinions and concerns without any reservation in a cordial and friendly atmosphere.”  Others also felt that the workshop would help “in developing a culture of getting together and discussing … matters of national issues” when formulating strategies at the national level.

v   Build Understanding & Trust: Participants also responded that the workshop “helped to build a common understanding and trust with other key players regarding security management in the days ahead.”  The workshop discussions “provided [the] opportunity to interact with representatives of various agencies and walks of life including representatives from political parties.”

MOST USEFUL:

Group Discussions and Interactions: The vast majority of participants (75%) lauded APCSS’ ability to promote discussion and interaction between the divergent groups present at the workshop.  Participants appreciated “the group discussions and presentations on Nepal’s security frontiers and future strategies.”  They stated that “working together with other key sectors was helpful, since it created collective responsibility for maintaining law and order in the society.”

USE OF KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS GAINED:

Implement Workshop Findings:  Over one-third of the participants stated that they would use their knowledge/skills gained during the workshop to “implement the findings of this workshop” and “take [the] lead to get things done effectively and promptly.”  They indicated that their knowledge gained “would be useful for further policy formulation [and] planning.”

Continued Discussion & Interaction:  About one-third of the participants stated that they would use their knowledge/skills gained to further discussion and “interaction with colleagues,” supervisors, and decision makers.

FUTURE EXPECTATIONS:

Improved Relationships:  Over one-third of the participants indicated that they expected improved relations between government, security forces, and civil society.  They felt the workshop “help[ed] a lot to remove the misunderstandings between different agencies, [which would] bring [about] good change.”  They “expected that democracy in Nepal [would] be gradually institutionalized by enhancing productive relationships among government, security forces, and civil society.”

Survey Methodology.  The Outreach Survey was administered to 100% of attendees.  Survey responses were received from 20 out of 39 Nepalese officials (51%).  The survey was comprised of 6 questions qualitative questions.

Contact Information.  For more information, please contact Assessment and Evaluation at (808) 971-8911 or email mcdonaldd@apcss.org.

 

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