The Nepal Federation Of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

NEFIN was founded in 1991 as an autonomous and politically non-partisan, national level umbrella organisation of all indigenous peoples of Nepal. NEFIN currently consists of 55 member organisations of indigenous peoples' organisations (IPOs) widely distributed throughout the Terai, the Hills and mountains of Nepal. NEFIN was formed with the goal of securing indigenous peoples' rights, including documenting, preserving and promoting cultures, languages, religion, customs, traditions of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nepal and to assist them in developing and obtaining equal rights.

NEFIN has been playing an important role in supporting its member organisations in leadership development, strengthening decision-making capabilities, networking and enabling them to fight for securing indigenous peoples' rights, including rights to self determination and ethnic autonomy, and also to secure their rights to development by preserving and promoting their distinct identity.

NEFIN's vision is the establishment of multicultural, federal democratic republic, and a rainbow society, where diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious, territorial, regional and sex groups are treated equally and equitably; in which indigenous peoples' rights are recognized and respected and indigenous nationalities enjoy ethnic autonomy with right to self-determination.

NEFIN is a very active player in the national political landscape in Nepal, and has managed to give indigenous rights issues a high profile on the political agenda. NEFIN is a member of AIPP, and has cooperated with a number of international agencies and organisations throughout the years, among others the United Nations Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Bank, and the Minority Rights Group. NEFIN has many years of experience in project partnership, such as with CARE Nepal or Action Aid Nepal, or the European Commission. From 2004-2008, NEFIN implemented the Janjati Empowerment Project with support from the Department for International Development (DFID)'s Enabling State Programme. 



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