Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN)
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The Association of International NGOs (AIN), formed by INGOs working in Nepal in September 1996, is an important network in the development sector of Nepal as members have been implementing various people-centered development programmes throughout the hills, mountains and Terai areas.
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AIN Press Release
July 29, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
INGOs provide life-saving support to the people affected by the earthquake and contribute to their long term recovery, says AIN
July 28, 2015
INGOs, members of the Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN) continue to work to address the needs of the population affected by the earthquake. The support came in response to a request from the Government of Nepal on April 25th and is provided within the framework of international humanitarian guidelines.
AIN organized an event to mark three months since the first earthquake. 87 INGOs out of 116 member INGOs of AIN showcased the scale and nature of the response in areas such as food and non-food distributions, injury rehabilitation, emergency health care, emergency education, shelter, livelihoods, water and sanitation, in all 14 priority districts and beyond. The event inaugurated by Rabindra Kumar, Member Secretary, Social Welfare Council started with a gallery walk where visitors went around the stalls put by INGOs working in the earthquake response. It was followed by an interaction with the audience on the successes and challenges of the post-earthquake relief and reconstruction. In his opening remark, Rabindra Kumar acknowledged the role of INGOs post the earthquake and said, "The exhibition is a part of transparency to showcase the work INGOs have carried out in the relief period and also provides a platform to learn about each other's work without duplicating efforts."

Many INGOs were already on the ground hours after the earthquake. To date INGOs have been able to attract resources to Nepal for the response that would not have reached here otherwise. The strong local footing and ties and the global expertise in humanitarian contexts of these organizations helped speed up the relief to those in need. AIN members delivered their aid through Nepali NGOs and local community groups. Members collaborated with central and local government, the UN community and the people of Nepal to deliver timely and appropriate aid. AIN chair Mulmi said, "AIN is committed in making the work of INGOs transparent and accountable. The relief and reconstruction efforts are undertaken with the approval of the Social Welfare Council and are reported upon regularly. In addition AIN members are committed to adhering to the calls made by the Nepal Information Commission regarding Right to Information."

Speaking on behalf of the INGOs, Rajendra Mulmi, Chair of the Association of International Non-Government Organizations (AIN) said, "INGOs are working alongside the Nepal government. Member INGOs are working in coordination with the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC), and act as District Lead Agency to help the DDRC to ensure faster and better delivery of aid. This underscores the government's confidence in AIN members. Further, AIN will continue responding to needs of the community as reflected in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment report developed by donors and government."

Mulmi acknowledged the role of media: "AIN believes and respects the freedom of the press. We encourage fact-based analysis from the media on our work, as it helps to improve programming and accountability towards the Nepali people. We look forward to a constructive and healthy working relationship with the media fraternity."
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The earthquake of 25 April 2015 and subsequent aftershocks have had a devastating impact on Nepal. More than 8,700 people have been killed and 22,000 injured, almost 800,000 houses have been fully or partially damaged, and nearly three million people need humanitarian assistance. Health posts, police posts, and other local government service delivery infrastructures have been damaged, as well as more than 45,000 classrooms, affecting the state's ability to deliver education, health and other primary services. Similarly, public property, infrastructure and historical and cultural heritage have suffered huge losses.

To address Nepal's enormous challenge of reconstruction, the Government of Nepal is organizing on 25th June 2015 the "International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction: Towards a Resilient Nepal". The conference aims to bring together representatives of partner governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and civil
society to discuss Nepal's reconstruction needs and secure funding commitments for a reconstruction plan.

Established in 1996, the Association of International NGOs (AIN) is a network of 116 INGOs working in Nepal on a wide-range of issues and sectors to support the country's development efforts. INGOs and their partners have contributed to bring transformative change in people's lives in many sectors including education, health, water and sanitation, environment, disaster management and livelihoods. AIN members and partners will continue to be important actors in the reconstruction process.

On the occasion of the "Towards a Resilient Nepal" conference, the AIN presents these commitments and recommendations to the Government of Nepal and donors countries and organisations.
AIN General Assembly held on 9 June 2015 formed a new SC Steering Committee Team. Rajendra Mulmi, Country Director of Search For Common Ground has been elected as the new Chairperson of AIN. The other office bearers Sarah Blin, Country Director Handicap International continues as the Vice Chair and Ravindra Shakya, CD Restless Development as the Treasurer. Likewise, Sanjay Karki CD Mercy Corps, Arun Rana CEO Samriddha Pahad and Mark Galpin Executive Director of UMN continued as the SC members.

Other newly elected SC Members are Dr. Prabin Manandhar Country Director of Lutheran World Federation, Delailah (Lala) Borja CD Save the Children, David Smith, Regional Representative Dan Church Aid, Liz Satow, CD World Vision International and Udaya Manandhar, CD Room to Read. There are 11 Members in the AIN Steering Committee.
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