Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) is a national network of 43 peace and human rights non-governmental organizations from 29 different districts of Nepal. It started as a loose, informal forum in June 2001 and was registered with the government of Nepal as a non-profit, non-political network in December 2002. It aims to provide a common space for its members, volunteers and friends to collectively engage in the pursuit for peace, human rights and justice in Nepal. It organizes national/regional level campaigns and conferences on the issues of peace and human rights in coordination with its member organizations and other like-minded organizations. COCAP has a large number of volunteers who actively involve themselves in the various aspects of its works.
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 social security system, strengthening democratic practices and developing culture of human rights
• To contribute to the ongoing peace process in Nepal by initiating broad-based campaigns, discussions and dialogues on issues such as peace-building, social security and 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 peace building work.
Core Values
• Volunteerism
• Transparency
• Inclusiveness
• Collective action
Working Issues
• Conflict transformation and peace building
• Social security/protection
• Strengthening institutional capacity of COCAP, member organizations and volunteers
Major Activities
• Organize national/regional level campaigns and conferences on peace-building, human rights and social security/protection
• Coordinate with and enhance the capacity of COCAP members
• Monitor human rights situations during public protests
• Enhance the capacity of COCAP volunteers through providing various training and networking opportunities
• Assist in the facilitation and implementation of projects among member organizations
• Conduct weekly discussion series
• Develop the peace resource center as a common space for peace and human rights activists and other interested individuals
• Publish peace journals, books, reports, booklets and bulletins
• Carry out local level campaigns through member organizations
• Provide assistance to institutions interested in working for human rights, peace and conflict
COCAP Past Activities
Since its inception, COCAP has been consistently organizing various campaigns and conferences on human rights, peace-building and constitution writing, and social security/protection in national, regional and local levels. It organizes such programs in collaboration with its member organizations, like-minded organizations, their networks and other well-wishers. Some of the most prominent programs organized by COCAP over the years are:
• Coordination of the 4th Human Rights National Magnameet, 2012
• Nationwide Campaign for the Elimination of Caste based Discrimination ad Untouchability, September, 2012 onwards
• “Give Job, Loan or Allowance” Campaign, August, 2012 onwards
• Citizen’s Campaign for Peace and Constitution, January 2011 onwards
• Citizens’ Initiative for Future III, October, 2010 (Kathmandu)
• Secretariat to Nationwide Youth Pressure Campaign for Constitution Making (NYPCCM), July 2009-April 2010.
• Conflict Victim Women and Access to Justice: National Conference, March 2010 (Saptari).
• Issues of Constitution: All Side Conference, February 2009 (Biratnagar, Hetauda, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar)
• Regional Conferences on State Restructuring and Constitution Making, July 2009.
Regional conference on Federal structure in new Nepal (Biratnagar), Regional Peace Conference in Terai Madhesh (Sarlahi), Ensuring Rights of Women in New Constitution (Pokhara), Regional Youth Conference for Peace and Human Rights (Salyan), Federal structure in Nepal: Issues of Far Western Region (Mahendranagar)
• National conference on State Restructuring, August 2009 (Kathmandu)
• National Conference on Enforced Disappearances, September 2008 (Kathmandu)
• Campaign for the Disappeared- Trans-Nepal Cycle Ride 2008, January-February, 2008 (Mechi to Mahakali)
• Campaign on Ratification of the Rome Statute and Accession to International Criminal Court, July 2007
• Citizens’ Initiative for Future II, April 2007 (Kathmandu)
• A Citizens’ Conference on Federalism and Proportional Representation, April 2007 (Dhankuta, Siraha, Hetauda, Baglung, Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar)
• Citizens’ Initiative for Future, November 2004 (Kathmandu)
COCAP’s Recent and Ongoing Programs
Citizen’s Campaign for Peace and Constitution
Policy Advocacy
Conferences/Campaigns on Social Security/Protection
Human Rights Education
Human Rights Monitoring
Capacity Building of COCAP Members, Volunteers and staffs
COCAP Member Organizations
Eastern Development Region
1. Community Development Forum (CDF), Siraha
2. Community Law Research Centre (CLRC), Jhapa
3. Madhesi Bouddhik Samaj, Morang
4. Nepal Rajak Jana Kalyan Samiti, Siraha
5. Nepal Social Development and People Empowerment Centre (NESPEC), Udayapur
6. Panchawati Rural Development Centre (PRDC),Udayapur
7. Setu Samudayik Bikash Manavadhikar Manch, Saptari
Central Development Region
8. Advocacy Forum, Kathmandu
9. Campaign for Change Nepal (CCN), Kathmandu
10. Jagaran Media Center (JMC), Kathmandu
11. Mahila Bikash Nepal, Sarlahi
12. New Young Star Club, Bara
13. Shanti Samaj Kendra, Makawanpur
14. Support Nepal, Dhanusha
15. Youth Action Nepal (YOAC), Kathmandu
Western Development Region
16. Center for Community Resource and Environmental Development (CeCRED), Parbat
17. Chartare Youth Club (CYC), Baglung
18. Creative Society Nepal, Rupandehi
19. Dalit Empowerment Centre (DEC), Baglung
20. Environment and Social Concern Centre (ESCC), Palpa
21. Forum for People’s Awareness, Arghakhanchi
22. Indreni Rural Development Centre (IRDC), Rupandehi
23. Milan Myagdi, Myagdi
24. Nari Sewa Kendra, Kaski
Mid-western Development Region
25. Active Forum for Human Right Awareness Forum (AFHA), Banke.
26. Center for Karnali Rural Promote and Society Development (CDS-PARK), Mugu
27. Chetana Club, Dang
28. Dalit Development Society (DDS), Salyan
29. Danfe Youth Club (DYC), Jajarkot
30. Environment and Rural Development Center, Banke
31. Human Rights and Enivironment Development Center, Kalikot
32. Nepal Civil Society (CIS-Nepal), Surkhet
33. Peedit Jana Sewa Bikash Karyakram, Banke
34. People Centered Development Forum (PCDF), Bardiya
35. People’s Participation for sustainable Development Nepal (PASS), Salyan
36. Sharada Salyan Nepal, Salyan
37. Social Awareness Concerned Forum (SAC-Nepal), Banke
Far-western Development Region
38. Conscious Society for Social Development (CSSD), Kailali
39. Gramin Sudhar Manch, Dadeldhura
40. Human Right Awareness and Social Development Centre (HURADC), Kailali
41. Mitra Sang, Baitadi
42. Rastriya Dalit Network (RDN), Kailali
43. Social Welfare Education Environment and Tourism (SWEET) Nepal, Kanchanpur
44. Women Progress Centre, Kanchanpur