Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) is a nationwide coalition comprising 43 non-governmental organizations dedicated to promoting Peace and Human Rights in Nepal. Founded in 2002, COCAP organizes campaigns and conferences at both national and provincial levels, centering on themes concerning Peace, Human Rights, Social Protection, and Civic Engagement. These initiatives are executed in collaboration with member organizations and allied groups. COCAP benefits from a substantial volunteer base that enthusiastically engages in various facets of its endeavors.
COCAP envisions a peaceful Nepal that is socially just,
democratic and inclusive.
The mission of COCAP is to contribute to the promotion of human rights, peace and democracy in Nepal in collaboration with socially committed and transparent civil society actors from across the country.
Contribute the peace process in Nepal by promoting the social security system, strengthening democratic practices, and developing a culture of human rights
- To strengthen the capacity of COCAP volunteers and Member Organizations through providing various training and networking opportunities, and contribute to promoting a culture of volunteerism among Nepali civil society organizations.
- To strengthen networks for peace advocacy by creating a platform for professionals, youths, women and marginalized groups for learning, sharing and initiating joint peacebuilding work.
Volunteerism is at the core of COCAP’s ethos. COCAP has been actively mobilizing its pool of hundreds of volunteers to collectively engage in the pursuit of peace, human rights and justice in Nepal.
COCAP has always ensured that its activities, decision-making processes, and financial transactions are conducted with the utmost openness and accountability.
Inclusiveness is a fundamental value for COCAP which is reflected in COCAP’s overall structure including the board, staff and volunteers as well as beneficiaries and target group.
COCAP believes in collective action recognizing that the challenges facing society requires the concerted efforts of various stakeholders, including individuals, civil society and government.
Conflict Transformation and
Strengthening our Institutional Capacity
COCAP is a network born out of a national symposium on conflict transformation and peace building in June 2001. This symposium was organized by National Peace Campaign (NPC), Centre for Social and Economic Development (CESOD) and Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC). Resource persons for the symposium was provided by the Washington DC based organizations, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), and Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IIMCR). It was originally conceived as a loose, informal forum for information sharing among participants of the symposium. The objectives and structure of the network changed after a series of informal meetings in late 2001 and early 2002.
Originally, all the members of the network were from Kathmandu. Conscious efforts were made to give it a ‘national’ character by increasing the number of out-of-Kathmandu members. Now, over 90% General members as well as executive committee members are from outside of Kathmandu.
A national convention of prospective COCAP members was held in Chitwan in May 2002. The convention decided that the network should be registered with the government so that it would have a legal status of a social organization. This was considered essential for institutionalization of the network. The convention also decided that the network should take a proactive role in coordination of human rights and peace initiatives among members, facilitate information sharing, and also undertake a few national level peace advocacy and research projects, which the network is better placed to do than individual members. The most important decisions were, however, related to COCAP’s proactive transparency and organizational structure policies, which have been incorporated into the COCAP’s Memorandum of Association, statute, registered with the government in December 2002. These policies were further concretized by the first formal Convention after registration of COCAP with the government held in Pokhara in June 2003.
With a view to increase the representation of members from marginalized areas, COCAP decided to induct new members from Karnali and Madhesh. Eventually, two organizations from Karnali got membership in 2007 and five members from Madhesh/Terai in 2008. Thus the COCAP’s membership has reached 43 covering 29 districts and all the geographical as well as administrative divisions.