Governance Watch: February 2024

Media Monitoring Report Issue 8. February 2024

The ’Governance Watch’, a bi-monthly periodic report represents GMC Nepal’s attempt to understand the major conflicts occurring within and beyond the federal structures and systems. Through vigilant media monitoring mechanisms, this report analyzes the changing dynamics of governance related conflicts and elements associated with these conflicts, emphasizing the crucial role of media in reflecting where latest developments and interests are focused. The report focuses on four areas of governance, namely, Natural resources governance, Developmental governance, Ethnocultural governance and Political governance.

This February issue encapsulates a total of 177 news and events related to governance conflicts in the areas of natural resources, development, and ethnocultural and political governance in Nepal. The majority of these governance conflicts, i.e., 113 cases were nonviolent in nature, and 44 events ensued violent consequences. It is important to note that the number of these violent events have increased in number when compared to the last issue of Governance Watch’.

Furthermore, in this reporting period, 20 events were cases related to the Commission for Abuse of Authority Investigation (CIAA), against political and government actors (comprising local, provincial, and central levels) involved in illicit and corrupt activities. However, this indication alone is not sufficient to conclude the overall context and consequences of corruption-related activities and its relevant actors and areas in Nepal.

From 177 events recorded between December 2023 and January 2024, some key factors were identified that have evidently triggered governance conflict in the four governance areas. As potential responses to address these ongoing conflicts, we have derived 11 key recommendations.

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