Conflict is some form of disagreement within a group or between groups and individuals arising from incompatible interests. In context of Nepal, natural resource based conflicts are prevalent; people depend on the use of natural resources like land, water and forest, and when the access to these resources are limited or denied based on legal and judicial terms, or socio-cultural divides or physical boundary, people struggle to gain access to these resources and conflict arises. Conflicts related to natural resources often remain hidden in communities affecting lives and relationships for many years and then at certain point the unresolved agendas crosses a limit of tolerance and it explodes out in a violent way. It is important to mention that many efforts are also made at community and higher level to resolve and manage these conflicts such as using legal procedures, police force, administrative efforts, religious means etc. Such types of methods of dealing with conflict only addresses the content issues of conflict but fails to address the relationship issues of conflict, so even when certain agreements are made and conflict is seen to be resolved for a time being, it resurges affecting more lives. Therefore, for transforming community level conflicts through dialogue, Natural resource conflict transformation center-Nepal (NRCTC-N), was established on 10th June 2013 with motto of “Better Relationship for Sustainable Peace”. It has been registered as a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organization in District Administration Office, Bhaktapur on 27th June 2013 and In Social Welfare Council on June 30, 2013.
The organization has been working only in peacebuilding sector and became a movement for transforming community level conflicts by community itself in a sustainable way. It has also been registered in Mediation Council Nepal and got certificate to conduct mediation related activities all over the country. The conflict transformation process adopted for transforming multi-stakeholder or individual conflict cases, addresses the root causes of conflict, it does not impose a decision on conflict as a third party, it only acts as a mediator to establish a culture of dialogue among the conflicting parties and empower them to resolve conflict on mutually beneficial terms. Conflict transformation approach used by the organization is inclusive, participatory, transparent and impartial; we work based on win-win strategy so by the time the conflicting parties are brought to the point of agreement, they know that all their points have been addressed, they have not been kept in dark about anything and they are ready to make some compromise for communal benefit hence the implementation of agreement goes smoothly and all parties are equally committed to follow the agreement.
NRCTC-N has produced skilled manpower to facilitate in conflict cases; these facilitators have been able to transform 100 large scale multi-stakeholder conflict cases and nearly 2,000 interpersonal conflict cases till the date. Hence, Natural Resource Conflict Transformation Center-Nepal is not only an organization, it is a movement to establish culture of dialogue and unite communities, societies and villages by transforming conflict cases through dialogue with improved relationship.
The founder members of the organization are:
- Mr.Chup Bahadur Thapa (Chairperson)
- Mr. Him Bahadur DC (Vice Chairperson)
- Mr. Ballu Chaudhari (Secretary)
- Mrs. Nirumaya Thing (Treasurer)
- Mr. Arjun Singh Karki (Member)
- Mrs. Parbati B.K (Member)
- Mr. Narayan Bahadur Khapangi (Member)