Civil Society Organization

National Network of the Families of the Disappeared, and Missing Nepal (NEFAD)

Kathmandu Nepal
Thematic Area
Families / The Search Process
Enforced Disappearance / Family Needs / Protecting/Restoring Family Links
Country of operation
Region of operation
Asia and the Pacific
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NEFAD is a network of district based associations of families of the missing and disappeared in Nepal. The national network aims to provide support, advocacy and relief for the families of the disappeared. It is rooted in the families themselves, both in informing the work of the network (what it  does) and in who leads it (the representatives). The network is independent of any NGO or political party, and looks to work with all  organisations that share its aims on a strategic level. The network is directly informed by and serves the needs and wishes of the family members, and all district, regional and national level structures are  made up of leaders from families who work for those families. Families are  regularly consulted on what the network does and receive regular feedback on its work.

      The Family Associations now exist in 60 districts of Nepal, mostly representing the families of the disappeared from the conflict who have the some of the greatest needs and feeling of solidarity. There are strong district based Associations in 30 districts and regional coordinator and district focal points all districts and provinces.

     These range from well organised groups like CVC (Conflcit Victims’ Committee) in Bardiya and CSJ (Committee for Social Justice) in Lamjung, Conflict Affected Concern Society in Dang and Sunsari – who are the founding members of NEFAD. NEFAD is a key mover of grassroots activism and family struggles across the country, and co-founder of the Conflict Victims Common Platform for Transitional Justice in Nepal.

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