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 Chairperson Deepak Raj Sapkota during a meeting between AIN and Social Welfare Council
AIN Chairperson Deepak Raj Sapkota during a meeting between AIN and Social Welfare Council, handed over the AIN Membership Profile 2014 to the Member Secretary Ravindra Kumar. Talks are being held to organize a Development Conference in early April in coordination and collaboration between AIN, SWC and National Planning Commission. The conference is expected to bring together the INGO community, development practitioners, academics, researchers, government officials and policy makers to take stock of the role and contributions of INGOs, to identify possible gaps and areas for improvement and to plan strategies that will make the work of INGOs more and better coordinated, transparent, credible and effective, Read more »

Sapkota states that it took the government four to five years to form the DCP. He informs, "It is baseless for the government to allege INGO's lack transparency and accountability. We are a part of civil society and there are certain guidelines we have to follow. The government refuses to acknowledge this fact and instead is accusing us of rigidity," Sapkota claims that although it has been six to seven months since the introduction of the new DCP, it is yet to be enforced. He assures that 115 INGO's affiliated to AIN work in complete transparency. "Being a citizen of Nepal, we would like to see Nepal grow and INGO's are here to help the country and not to play around here and indulge in corruption," concludes Sapkota.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) introduced new guidelines under its Development Cooperation Policy (DCP) in June 2014 to plug loopholes in I/NGO policies which 'lacked transparency and accountability' of how funds from foreign donors were used. As per data provided by the Social Welfare Council (SWC), there are over 40,000 NGO's and around 200 INGOs in the country today. According to MoF, the major objectives for formulating the Development Cooperation Policy is to help achieve development goals stated in the periodic development plans through mobilisation of external resources and to move Nepal from the 'Least Developed Country' status to 'Developing Country' by 2022. It is also expected to achieve development effectiveness through achieving 'Best Value for Money', and build a self-reliant economy through gradually reducing dependency on aid. The new guidelines under the Development Cooperation Policy includes - prioritising and selection of development cooperation to be based on government policies and strategies. The government will identify and prepare a list of projects to mobilise development cooperation based on its needs and priorities. The details of such projects will have to be updated in the Project Bank established at the MoF by the relevant ministries and agencies. Differing voiceHowever, the I/NGOs have a very different take on the whole issue.
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