Being an umbrella organization, DNF's working approach is to engage in rights-based advocacy and policy influencing campaigns to ensure Dalits inclusion in the political and socio-economic mainstream in the country addressing caste-based exclusion and discrimination.
DNF grants its membership, builds alliances and extends networks to build solidarity for pushing forward Nepalese Dalits' rights movement. It also facilitates to implement programmes at grassroots level through its member organisations and alliances in partnership approach. It supports its member organisations by enhancing their organisational capacity, developing quality leadership and facilitating them for programme implementation.
- 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.