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As a leading Dalit civil society organization, one of the main functions of DNF is to organize rights-based advocacy and policy influencing campaigns to protect and promote Dalits' rights in Nepal. Such campaigns including research and civil society monitoring activities are carried out under this theme As a result of such initiatives; it helps to advocate and establish Dalit agenda and issues at national and international levels.



  • 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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