About Us

A brief introduction

National forum for Advocacy Nepal (NAFAN) is a social organization which was formally established in 2004 (2063BS) by the professional, academician, expert, campaigner who have keen interest to undertake advocacy and carry out development initiatives in Nepal/activities in different fields on behalf of Nepal’s civil society. NAFAN has been working on various thematic issues such as environment, sustainable development human right, peace building and other cross cutting issues. This organization has been prioritizing the issues of peoples right on resources by effective, efficient, and managed advocacy procedure for the improvement of livelihood of back warded, poor and marginalized community. The organization has been working in the field of environmental conservation, sustainable resource management and its equitable distribution and capacity building, promoting gender equity and equality.  Currently, NAFAN has been partnering with MSFP, WWF Nepal, Nepal Law Society, FEDEN, ACOFUN and other organizations for various initiatives in Nepal.

Background

The Regional Planning workshop on capacity Building of Community Based organizations in Advocacy held in Chittagong, Bangladesh from 3 to 6 November 2003 envisaged the concept of formation of a National Level Advocacy Forum by incorporating like-minded non-governmental organizations, network institutions and federations. The workshop laid the foundation for NAFAN by making a country wise working groups to further expand the institutional process of national level advocacy group. The participants from Nepal decided to establish such a forum by involving potential institutions. Series of meetings and consultations were held from December 2003 to June 2004 to decide the focus and governance structure of the proposed advocacy forum. Finally, National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal (NAFAN) was registered on 22nd June 2004 with the initiatives of several dedicated personals and organizations and Federations working for resource management, advocacy, human rights, environmental justice and gender.

Rationale

There was lack of a National level advocacy network for natural resource management, poor people, biodiversity, environment justice and access of marginalized communities and gender prior which led  to the establishment of National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal (NAFAN) in July 2004. However, some of the non-governmental organizations have successfully advocated and persuaded the government to change some policies and legislations relating to forestry, women’s property rights and consumer protection issues. Some of these positive policy changes will have long- term impact on the protection and promotion of rights of the underprivileged, marginalized communities and women. Although some of the groups which joined hands and launched the movement for ensuring access to natural resources and benefit sharing arising out from the utilization of natural resources, and property rights for women they faced tough time during the movement. And the members of civil society organizations do realize that Advocacy in isolation does not produce many results. Since then the need for a national level network to   protect and promote the interest and human rights of different marginalized sections of Nepalese society was strongly felt and National Forum for Advocacy, Nepal (NAFAN) was introduced.

Membership Guidelines

NAFAN welcomes new membership applications from the organizations and individuals that share its   vision and show their commitments to the ideals of Public Advocacy

Criteria for Membership

  1. Organizations and individuals working in the field of environmental or natural resource management
  2. Promotion and protection of Human Rights
  3. Organizations and individuals involved in Advocacy for gender equality, community development, communication and
  4. Local level organizations and federations

Founding Members

S.N

 Name

Designation

1

Prof.Dr. Santa Thapaliya

President

2

Padam Prasad Aryal

Vice-president

3

Bhola Prasad Bhattarai

Secretary

4

Rama Ale Mager

Treasurer

5

Ram Prasad Gautam

Member

6

Narayan Prasad Belawase

Member

7

Raghwa raj Regmi

Member

8

Moti Lal Nepali

Member

9

Ambika Rajathala

Member

10

Keshaba Raj Neupane

Member

11

Rudra Sapakota

Member

Board Members

S/N

Name

Post

Cell number

1

Tusali Devkota

Chairperson

9815684271

2

Hari Devkota

Vice-chairperson

9846454040

3

Goma Khanal

Secretary

9841366336

4

Kiran Baram

Vice-secretary

9851026411

5

Sarwosti Pariyar

Treasury secretary

9808861429

6

Ambika Rajthala

Member

9841225039

7

Yagya Bdr. Niroula

Member

9841454021

8

Shova Neupane

Member

014335941

9

Nirja Pokheral

Member

9851119188

10

Nabaraj Pokheral

Member

9851190784

11

Chandra Pd. Thani

Member

9858057200

12

Bhola Bhattarai

Executive advisor  

9851074770

Advisory Committee

SN

Name

Address

Cell no

1

Dr. Uddhab Payakural

KU

9841566932

2

Dr. Sadhana Pradhangh

TU

9851126026

3

Dr. Purna Nepali

KU

9841532362

4

Dr. Yadav kandel

Forest Specialist

9841342247

5

Dr. Ripu Kunwar

Freelancer

9851175021

6

Dr. Dharma Uprety

Practice Action

9851161345

7

Mr. Jagat Baram

Chairman NEFIN

9851005691

8

Mr. Rakesh karna

Forest department

9855045828

9

Mr. Man Bdr. BK

Care Nepal

9858027605

10

Mr. Birendra Pokheral

ABILIS foundation

9851043394

11

Mr. Yogendra Bijaya Dahal

Chief advisor

9841454021