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Introduction

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) is an autonomous and the one and only representative umbrella organization of the 59 indigenous nationalities or peoples, recognized by the government of Nepal. It was established in 1991. NEFIN currently consists of 56 distinct indigenous member organization widely distributed across Nepal. There is federal council where 1 woman and 1 man represents their own member organization. NEFIN is composed of 21 portfolios in secretariat of federal council (the board) with minimum 33 percent of women representation through the election process in every three year.

It has national and international chapters or networks.  There is Province Coordination Councils (PCCs), District Coordination Councils (DDCs), Local Coordination Councils (LCCs) which includes Metropolitan Cities (Mahanagarpalika), Sub-Metropolitan Cities (Upa-Mahanagarpalika), Municipalities (Nagarpalika) , Village Executives or Rural Municipalities (Gaunpalika) and Ward Coordination Councils (WCCs).

Along with, it has affiliated 8 different indigenous federations (such as journalists, youth, students, women, lawyers, film makers, disable and labour), and 23 international chapters in different countries.

The key objective of NEFIN is to fight for indigenous peoples’ rights and identity. NEFIN aims to contribute in building equal, equitable and democratic society.