Securing the status quo: donors, development and reconstruction in post-war Nepal
This panel analyses post-war Nepal from a broadly political, economic and social perspective to construct a holistic understanding of the past decade of upheaval and change. It focuses on the alliances between international donors and national elites, and the forms of development, reconstruction and humanitarianism that claim to rebuild the state and secure new forms of state-citizen relations. Contrary to such assertions, the papers reveal how these interventions have instead served to preserve the status quo, and enable the re-emergence and dominance of traditionalist politics. For those who have suffered the brunt of the war and earthquakes, the last decade has meant little in terms of meaningful political and socio-economic change.