This article is published in order to provide our readers with information about the Top 10 Most Popular INGOs in Nepal which are working effortlessly for the welfare of our country.
What are NGOs and INGOs?
International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are terms used to describe nonprofit institutions (including religious organizations) that have as their primary or secondary mission the development, financing, or implementation of activities in the field of ICT in education.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to eradicate poverty and, ultimately, safeguard the environment. Many countries throughout the world are trying to achieve these goals. Country-specific development goals and priorities exist in addition to the SDGs. While governments always play a central role in development projects, other sectors also have a significant impact on promoting inclusive growth, human development, and just societies. The same is being done by INGOs, among others, in Nepal.
The humanitarian and development sectors in Nepal are significantly served by INGOs and their local partners, NGOs. Over the past few decades, it has been clear that NGOs and CSOs may gain knowledge of humanitarian and development approaches and strategies from INGOs since they exchange knowledge, connections, and experiences on a worldwide scale.
There are about 200 INGOs operating in Nepal. The Social Welfare Council (SWC) of the Government of Nepal has oversight and control over them. An INGO is accredited and given the right to operate in Nepal in accordance with the mission and goals outlined in its statute in the country of origin and Nepalese law. An INGO periodically receives approval via a common understanding with the Social Welfare Council. Typically, the agreement length is five years long.
Following the general agreement, an INGO analyzes the requirements or gaps in the organizationally focused theme areas and gets projects ready for project agreement. With the use of these two tools, an INGO can operate legally and form partnerships with regional NGOs and the GoN to carry out initiatives in the thematic and field sectors. The goal is to promote local ownership, sustainability, and capacity building. INGOs contribute not only resources and finances but also technical know-how.
Top 10 Most Popular INGOs in Nepal
Some of the major INGOs in Nepal that have been working effortlessly here are listed below:
1. Save the Children
Since 1976, Save the Children has been active in Nepal. The National Plan of Action for Children and the UN Millennium Development Goals serve as the foundation for their efforts to enhance the lives of children in Nepal. As the largest children’s organization in Nepal, they offer a variety of programs that support their mission of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive and participate in society.
In order to provide them with a larger role to play in achieving children’s rights, they collaborate with important child rights stakeholders, such as children, communities, civil society groups, the media, and the government. They strive for long-term solutions that will benefit kids and their communities by enhancing the educational and healthcare systems and assisting localities in better catastrophe preparedness and response. In 63 Nepalese districts, they currently collaborate with over 100 partners (including the Nepali government) in the areas of child rights, child protection, education, health and nutrition, HIV and AIDS, and humanitarian responses.
2. Plan International INC.
Since 1978, Plan International has assisted marginalized children, their families, and communities in Nepal in gaining access to their legal rights to life, safety, and participation. They currently operate programs through partners in 11 districts. Some of their priorities include granting both girls and boys in respective communities equal chances, reducing violence against women and girls and combating discriminatory attitudes and behaviours to eradicate child marriage, child trafficking, and child labour from communities, encouraging girls’ rights to good sexual and reproductive health and enhancing a community’s capacity to withstand natural disasters.
3. Helen Keller International
Since 1989, Nepal has been the focus of Helen Keller International, an international non-profit organization (INGO). Addressing the causes and effects of blindness, poor health, and malnutrition through public health strategies works to improve the sight and lives of the most vulnerable. It also works to strengthen organizational capacity and support changes in policy through systems enhancement and operations research.
4. Care International
One of the first foreign relief organizations to operate in Nepal was CARE International, which started its operations there in 1978. CARE Nepal collaborates closely with the local population as well as with government entities, funders, NGOs, civil society groups, research institutions, and the commercial sector. In order to address issues like gender-based violence, women and girls’ leadership and voice, inclusive governance, sexual and reproductive health, livelihoods, diet and health security, disaster risk reduction, and climate change, we work across the spectrum of peacekeeping operations and long-term development programs.
5. World Vision International
A child-focused relief, development, and advocacy organization called World Vision has helped millions of vulnerable children around the world change their lives. WV hopes to accomplish this through partnerships with regional communities, civil society organizations, the public sector, and the commercial sector, where we value cooperation and trust, a common vision and objective, as well as accountability and responsibility.
The global partnership of World Vision International (WVI), which operates in more than 100 countries, includes World Vision International (WVI) Nepal. WVI began its long-term development program in Nepal in 2001 to support children’s wellbeing. Currently, WVI Nepal is working on long-term development projects in six different Nepalese provinces: Udayapur, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Rautahat, Sindhuli, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Lamjung, Jumla, Kailali, Achham, Doti, Bajhang, and Kanchanpur.
WVI Nepal collaborates with the government, community organizations, local NGOs, and the commercial sector. WVI Nepal uses a multi-stakeholder approach to partnering because it understands the critical role each of these groups plays in bringing about long-lasting change. The issues being addressed, as well as the resources and capabilities of the various partners engaged, all determine the nature of the partnering relationship.
6. Marie Stopes International
Since its founding in 1994, MSI Nepal has established a solid track record for enhancing nationwide access to sexual health education and contemporary contraception techniques as well as for implementing innovations that guarantee the best health impact and outcomes.
One of the top suppliers of specialized sexual and reproductive health services nowadays is MSI Nepal. The team collaborates closely with the government and other stakeholders to guarantee that the most disadvantaged groups, such as those who are poor or reside in remote areas, have access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, such as short-term contraceptive methods, long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), permanent birth control methods, and comprehensive abortion care.
7. Mercy Corps
In 2005, Mercy Corps began conducting business in Nepal. The organization has since been working to increase the absorptive, adaptable, and transformative capacity of vulnerable people and communities across the nation. A systems-based strategy to market development, financial sectors, disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation, and youth involvement is used to achieve this goal. This method is viewed through the lenses of gender equity and social inclusion.
8. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Since 1967, when WWF first began a rhino conservation campaign in Chitwan, they have had a presence in Nepal. But it wasn’t until 1993 that the WWF Nepal office was fully created. Around 2.1 million people have benefited from WWF Nepal’s work over the years toward a landscape approach that stresses community-based conservation as the cornerstone for a sustainable future. With freshwater, forest, and wildlife challenges being actively driven by climate change, WWF Nepal is assisting the government of Nepal and collaborating with organizations and local communities to solve this pressing problem.
By focusing on other small mammals like the pangolin and red panda, freshwater species like the gharial, otter, and river dolphin, as well as medicinal and aromatic plant species, along with climate change and its effects on all living things, WWF Nepal seeks to create a sustainable environment for all life on Earth.
9. Oxfam GB
Since the early 1980s, Oxfam has been tackling the poverty and inequality that the population, particularly women and other socially and economically excluded groups, faced in Nepal through a variety of development efforts.
Over the years, Oxfam has collaborated with local civil society organizations, government agencies, and services as part of its Sustainable Development Programme to support rural livelihoods and the resilience of vulnerable people to climate shocks and disasters. It has also made a substantial contribution to the empowerment of community members, particularly women, to engage more people in advocacy activities, influence decision-making, assert their rights to basic services and amenities, and bargain with those in positions of authority.
10. Water Aid Nepal
The goal of the WaterAid is to increase access to clean water, better sanitation, and enhanced hygiene in the world’s poorest areas. Since it began operating in Nepal in 1987, WaterAid has assisted more than 720,000 people in getting access to clean water and 220,000 in getting sanitation. Additionally, WaterAid works to reform government policies and hold them responsible when people lack access to clean water and sanitary facilities.
INGOs have been essential in assisting local organizations to carry out development operations in Nepal’s far-flung and remote regions, where regular development programs are lacking, the government is scarce, and it is “impossible to reach” due to conflicts and other issues. They have consistently worked to assist and supplement the government’s initiatives for Nepal’s sustainable development in this way. To know further about such topics, refer to our other blogs in Informalguru.