Welcome to NGO Federation of Nepal

NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) emerged as an umbrella organisation of NGOs in the aftermath of democratic political change and establishment of multiparty parliamentary system in 1990. Since its establishment in 1991, the NFN apart from defending NGOs’ autonomy has been fighting for promoting human rights, social justice and pro-poor development. Today, it has evolved as a leading civil society organisation in Nepal with 6,034 NGOs affiliated to it from across the country and has also received Special Consultative Status from UN Economic and Social Council.


NFN is an autonomous, independent and politically non-partisan organization, governed by its own constitution.


It has prepared and endorsed an NGO Code of Conduct (CoC) to guarantee the accountability and transparency of NGOs.The CoC has been widely disseminated to member NGOs and the implementation is regularly monitored to enhance the level of compliance.


NFN has 75 district chapters and 5 regional offices with regional resource centres for effective coordination among the members. Enhancing their capacity for effective leadership and advocacy is at the core of our activity. Besides, it has forged functional collaboration with several other federations towards building confederation for effective leadership to all rights movements. Consequently, NFN has been able to enhance its role, as a representative of civil society movement in Nepal



  • Organize and mobilise people to promote a democratic and just society.
  • Strengthen the NGO movement and promote capacity building processes.
  • Safeguard the autonomy of civil society and work as a change agent.



NFN envisions a democratic and just society through a vibrant and strengthened NGO movement striving for an economically sustainable, socially equitable and environmentally friendly nation.



  • To strengthen the dynamic and pro-people NGO movement in Nepal, thus ensuring the autonomy and freedom of civil society.
  • To enhance the capacity of NGOs to improve organizational good governance.
  • To mobilise member organizations to implement pro-poor development initiatives.
  • To promote and protect human rights, social justice and lasting democratic peace.


Strategies Strategic Framework


Areas of intervention requiring immediate consideration and remedial action in human rights, social justice, democratic governance and pro-poor development are immense. This is more challenging due to the current transitional political situation. Broadly, NFN has developed a four-pillar strategy, realizing the need for collaborative work and intervention.


NFN has adopted a four-pillar strategy to meet the needs of its members in the current period of political transition. The four pillars are:


1.    Capacity building and NGO governance reform
2.    Women empowerment and inclusion
3.    Youth mobilisation
4.    Broad-based civil society networking


NFN’s vision of a democratic and just society can only be achieved by building the capacity of civil society agencies and improving their governance; empowering women and promoting inclusion at all levels; mobilising youth; and through broad-based civil society networking for social change. The NFN has a great responsibility on these fronts. To fulfil this responsibility, the NFN will focus on the following broad-based thematic areas:


1.    Institutional strengthening
2.    Political transition and emerging issues
3.    Women and children issues
4.    Youth issues
5.    Dalit and janajati issues
6.    Influence in national and international policy area
7.    Issues of marginalized and geographically excluded peoples


NFN aspires to mobilise both individuals and institutions to initiate change of their own choosing. Linking local initiatives with international policy can be a catalyst for making an impact at various levels.


NFN will implement its strategy through the following five management departments (the sixth department being Finance and Administration) with a focus on thematic areas:

  1. Advocacy and Networking Department
  2. Organization and Capacity Development Department
  3. Women Department
  4. Communication and Documentation Department
  5. Human Rights Department
  6. Inclusion Department





Membership of NFN is open to all NGOs that are legally registered, self-governed and politically non-partisan. The NGOs that are eligible for membership are the ones that are committed to the empowerment of poor and excluded communities, and are working transparently and accountably using democratic governance approaches and are not preaching religion.


National Convention


NFN holds a National Convention every three years attended by democratically elected representatives from the 75 district NGOs affiliated to NFN. The National Convention is the supreme body of NFN. The Convention, in addition to other functions, elects a new Executive Committee and amends the NFN Constitution as necessary.


Annual General Meeting


NFN holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year. The AGM provides the overall direction for NFN’s work, approves the annual report of the Central Executive committee and audit report, and endorses NFN’s activities for another year.


Executive Board


The Executive Board is presently composed of 31 democratically and inclusively elected members and overseas the development of NFN policies and the implementation of programmes. Board members serve voluntarily in their personal capacity for the organization. The Board also appoints the staff for the central secretariat and regional resource centres.


Regional Committees


NFN has five Regional Committees in all five development regions. Each committee is comprised of 9-11 members who are democratically elected from district representatives. The committees coordinate, cooperate and work as pressure groups for development initiatives, institutional capacity, strengthening of regional level organizations and district chapters. The committees also address issues of regional importance and provide overall direction to and manage the regional resource centres.


District Chapters


The NFN District Chapters function in all 75 districts. They coordinate and develop relationships with the government and development agencies at the local level. The District Chapters implement NFN programmes, report to the regional resource centres and central secretariat, and manage district programmes. The Chapters also provide membership to other local NGOs, and network and lobby for social change initiatives at the local level. Each Chapter consists of 11-13 democratically elected members.


This organization and management arrangement ensures that linkages between outputs and programmes can be easily identified and monitored. Each department is headed by an Executive Board Members and is responsible for the regular monitoring of and reporting on the department’s activities and outputs. While the Executive Director is in charge of overall programme planning and delivery through the regional committees and district chapters, the executive board and department heads play an important role in planning, designing and supervising projects and activities. The effective management of arrangements is critical to encourage and ensure a constant flow of information from one programme to another and from one level to the next. This will be fostered by the information management and communication unit.


NFN plans to implement projects and programmes both in consortium and independently. NFN’s projects will directly relate to the objectives of one or more of NFN thematic areas, and contribute to the overall purpose of the organization. The project management approach will be adaptive to enable the incorporation of additional cross-programme management as required.


Human Resources


To manage NFN and successfully implement this Strategic Plan, a core group of professionals is essential. These professionals will be recruited as required by NFN. Consultants who contribute to output will also be contracted on various terms, as and when needed.


NFN will be staffed by full or part-time employees, contractors or consultants including:


  • programme staff
  • general support staff
  • officers seconded for short to medium term assignments
  • project staff linked to specific project funding consultant