Members

The membership of the forum would be open to all civil society groups/citizens, groups/trade unions/registered societies under relevant laws in both countries. The founding members of the groups will form a steering committee of nine members comprising of five from Nepalese and four from Indian groups to be elected in the meeting to be held at a date to be decided.

THE INITIATORS

Our partnership brings together relevant expertise in the field of human rights, social justice and public affairs. The following organizations joined hands as the founders of the INJAF.

MAITI NEPAL

Maiti Nepal was established in 1995 and is the largest NGO of its type in Nepal. Maiti Nepal helps desperate children and young women who have no one left to turn to: abandoned and homeless children, orphans, rape victims, women returning from Indian brothels, and other victims of violence and abuse. In addition to helping the victims of human trafficking Maiti Nepal combats the problem at its roots. Maiti conducts awareness campaigns, throughout possible area of Trafficking Risk in Nepal to educate people about human trafficking, child prostitution, the false promises offered by traffickers and organized crime in general. Additionally, they maintain information and education centers to help spread the word.

Maiti Nepal’s Action programs are information and Awareness campaigns, Rescue and Repatriation Programs. Tracking down the Perpetrators, Legal Advice and Representation. Maiti Nepal retains a staff of lawyers and legal advocates who specialize in these types of cases. Their goal is to successfully convict individuals involved inhuman trafficking. The date they have prosecuted more than 800 cases of trafficking abuse and sexual violence. Maiti Nepal offers free legal representation to women who have been abused, raped or ostracized by their husbands and other women in need.

WOMEN’S PROGRESS CENTRE (WPC)

WPC was established in Kanchanpur District Nepal in 2000. Since its inception WPC has been dedicated to the protection and promotion of the rights of women. Having identified that many women in villages and towns are the most vulnerable to exploitation, WPC covers nine districts in the Far Western Region focusing on women trafficking, rape, physical and mental torture. WPC is run entirely by women.

WPC’s programs range from Awareness Campaign for backward females of the Kanchanpur district which allow women to put cross their views in a male dominated society. Advocacy Campaigns for which 135 women have gained justice, a relief programme for which 64 suffering from domestic violence have been supported through the provision of medicine, housing, clothing and expenses in their fight for justice. Income Generating and Skill Development Programme benefiting 210 women through training and support, and Networking at the district level with the relevant authorities.

NEPAL NATIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION (NNSWA)

NNSWA was established in 1990. Its headquarters are in Mahenderanagar (Kanchanpur District) in the Far western Region of Nepal. It has district chapters that border India in Dadeldoura, Baitadi and Darchula as well as working in the Kailali District. NNSWA’s vision is that it strives towards an equitable society with a mission that is committed to empower and ensure the social rights of 3D people ( the depressed, dalit and disabled). Its main intervention strategies are

  • Partnership with government donors, INGOs, local NGOs and CBOs
  • Participatory integrated rural development,
  • Gender programming,
  • Rights based programming and networking, alliance and coalition building.

NNSWA’s programmes range from Dalit Advocacy, HIV/Aids awareness, prevention and detection, Education for Pre-primary to Adolescents, Poverty Alleviation, Disability Rehabilitation, Freed Kamaya Advocacy and support. NNSWA have skill on

  1. Partnership interventions.
  2. Volunteer Counseling and Testing (HIV-AIDS)
  3. Advocacy for livelihood options( Freed Kamaiya and Landless families).

PAIRVI, NEW DELHI

Pairvi is a non-government non-profit organization committed to the promotion of universal values of human rights, democracy and good governance. The core constituency of Pairvi is to educate, engge and promote, grassroots civil society organizations and citizens groups in human rights, practice and advocacy and strengthen human rights infrastructure in the country. Since its inception in 1998 it has been providing training, networking, campaign building and advocacy support to partners spread over north and central India as well as Far western Nepal. It has also intervened to improve the conditions of child rights, dalits and right to food and livelihood etc. through various national and international campaigns.

PAIRVI’s main agenda is to develop an environ of human rights among the people. To ensure this it promotes:

  1. Training and Workshops on Human Rights to create awareness among NGOs, activists and other concerned individuals.
  2. Facilitation and development of human rights orientation and institutions at the grass-roots.
  3. Monitoring specific human rights situations by organizing public hearings, protests and other pressure building strategies.
  4. It has recently engaged itself with the issue of climate change and crisis related studies.

UTTARANCHAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

The Uttaranchal Development Institute (UDI) formed and centrally registered under the Delhi Societies Act in 1981 (That is totally unrelated to the ongoing controversy both ’Uttaranchal’ and ’Uttarakhand’ as the name proposed for the new state). “Uttaranchal” was visualized more in the sense of the Northern, dominated by Himalayan ecosystem and the entire Himalayan region; main area of operation of the society. Keeping in view, the background and experiences of the initiators , the society was conceived more as a ‘resource center’ that would undertake development policy, research, evaluation, documentation, training support initiatives of the local communities action groups and smaller voluntary organizations, through regional level networking and at the same time directly engage itself in developmental action programme on an experimental basis.

When Uttaranchal Development Institute (UDI) set out to start a field centre at Banbasa bordering Nepal, in what is generally known as Nainitaltarai (foot hill plain), it had defined the following marginalized/excluded communities/groups, as its major concerns.

The Tharu/Buxa tribal communities virtually swamped by outside settlers and disposed of their land through various means. The migrant/forest and agricultural labor originating mostly from the hills ( Himalayas) and the east U.P. plains, ending in the various Squatter Settlements. Apart from working on the issues of Land right, Food Security, Livelihoods, Safe Migration and HIV/AIDS,UDI has engaged in a number of campaigns on issues of food security, climate change, child rights and migration along with various issue based campaigns. It has been an active partner with PAIRVI, Environics Trust on advocacy and campaign related to child rights food security and climate change. Its main head office is at Banbasa, located at Indo-Nepal border –Mahenderanagar, Far West Region, District Kanchanpur, Nepal.

ENVIRONICS TRUST, NEW DELHI

Environics Trust is a not for profit research and community development organisation and an enabling institution. Environics conducts participatory research on issues of environment and human behaviour and uses these outcomes for innovative community development programmes. Environics anchors several networks and partnerships. Environics is a co-founder and promoter of the mines minerals and PEOPLE alliance (mm&P) for which it also functions as the National Secretariat, the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) and the EIA Resource and Response Centre (eRc). Environics promotes and mentors environmentally sound enterprises and among these is the Biodiversity Conservation India Limited (BCIL), the largest Sustainable Built environment enterprise in India. Environics provides research and evaluatory services to International, National, State and Local Institutions and directly works with marginalised communities such as those in the mountain regions, adivasis and communities adversely affected by mining and industrialisation. Environics is an observer member of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Founder Members of the Editorial Board of the world’s largest community and mining portal MAC: Mines and Communities and a member of the Asian TNC Research Network. Environics currently co-hosts the Secretariat for Access Initiative Coalition (TAI).

Mountain areas have always been a focus of work at Environics Trust, the 90s research of community based mountain tourism in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, dispute resolution of Van Panchayats in Uttarakhand along with Himalayan Community Forestry Centre, understanding the health of Rivers in the Yamuna and Sutlej Valley and several other works made Environics interested in regions of similar physiography, culture, environment. The managing trustee of the Trust is the Chairperson of INJAF and most of its members from the Far Western Development Region. The current process of strengthening information in the Mahakali Basin is being done with the assistance and common understanding of this forum which brings with it rich local experience of diverse community issues.

FAR WEST UNIVERSITY AT MAHENDERANAGAR

Recently established Far West University also has been one of the initiators and helping the Forum in many ways like to collect documents , research and disseminate information etc.

INSEC (Informal Sector Service Centre)

One of biggest organizations with its headquarters at Kathmandu working on the issue of Human rights