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Message from President

DNF, founded in 1998, has been working as the umbrella organization of nearly 400 Dalit NGOs throughout the country. DNF's key aims are to bring the scattered Dalit NGOs under the guardianship of DNF and build their capacity for raising collective voice to fully end caste based discrimination and untouchability, and to influence the state in formulating laws and policies to benefit the Dalit community.
DNF envisions discrimination free society where all people can live with respect and dignity. Therefore, DNF is dedicated to eradicate caste based discriminations and un-touchability through the processes of empowerment, mobilization, networking and alliance building among Dalit and pro-Dalit organizations in the country. 
DNF, as a leading movement based organization, has been a strong foundation and common platform of nearly five million Dalits to collectively raise their agenda at various forums within and outside the country. To this point, DNF has been recognized as a credible organization of Dalit civil society by government and non-government sectors. Especially, DNF has great contribution to establish Dalit issues in each social and political development processes of the country. 
Nepal is now in the transitional phase and striving to have a new constitution through the constituent assembly election. Therefore, it is expected that the coming decade of Nepal would be the era of social and political transformation, particularly for every social and excluded group to establish their agenda of social justice and equitable development. Dalits will not be exception from such historical development. DNF believes that it must, therefore, be well capitalized by both Dalit and non-Dalit people in order to create caste free society where every Nepali citizen lives in equal footing.
Keeping this in mind, DNF has set the ambitious objective to celebrate coming decade as Dalit liberation decade aiming to fully mainstreaming Dalits into the development processes by ending the all evil practices of caste based discrimination and un-touchability in the country.
DNF also believes that this anticipated grand success of organizing Dalit decade cannot be attained in the efforts of DNF alone. Rather, to realize the objective, it calls for larger collective efforts from all sectors, including government, political parties, civil society, UN, private sector, media and international development partners among others.
At the moment, DNF has a focused determination to eradicating caste based discrimination and untouchability through the systematic efforts done by the state and non-state actors. For this, DNF, in association with National Dalit Commission, Dalit Development Committee and Badi Development Board, has developed a Ten Years Strategy Plan (TYSP) on Caste Based Discrimination and Untouchability (CBDU) in Nepal. 
This plan aims to end all kinds of un-touchability and caste-based discrimination by supporting the government in implementing relevant laws and policies as well as by facilitating collaboration amongst the civil society and other stakeholders to raise awareness against CBDU.
This plan further provides a more organized and systematic approach for achieving the overall goal of eliminating caste based discrimination and untouchability. Therefore, DNF would like to appeal all the stakeholders to provide their valuable and meaningful support for its successful implementation in the days ahead.
Thanking you,

Gajadhar Sunar
National President
Dalit NGO Federation 




  • DNF as network organization has presence at 69 districts of Nepal through its member organizations. It has well established offices at central, five development regions, and 10 districts of Nepal. Currently, 344 Dalit NGOs from Hill, Mountain and Terai are affiliated with DNF.
  • DNF has significantly contributed to establish Rights against untouchability caste based and discrimination as fundamental rights of Dalits for the first time in the Interim Constitution of Nepal.
  • DNF along with its national level member organizations were able to introduce separate Dalit chapter in Tenth National Plan of Nepal government (widely known as Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper) for the first time in the country. Thereafter, the government has continuously prioritized Dalit chapter in its following national periodic plans.

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