Government of Nepal (GoN)
IOM is a leading intergovernmental organization working in the field of migration. It provides services to its member states to manage migration in the country. Governments are provided with technical assistance; their administrative and managerial capacities are enhanced through trainings and they are assisted to develop relevant policy, to undertake research and to promote international cooperation. In Nepal, IOM has been working very closely with government counterparts following the signing of an agreement between the Government of Nepal and IOM in 2007. IOM works with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labour and Employment, Women, Children and Social Welfare, Home Affairs, Health and Population, Peace and Reconstruction and Land Reform and Management.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Health & Population
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Labour and Employment
Ministry of Labour and Employment – Department of Foreign Employment
Ministry of Labour and Employment – Foreign Employment Promotion Board
Ministry of Land Reform and Management
Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction
Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs
Migrants and their families
Migration is not a new phenomenon in Nepal. Migration to India for work has a long history in Nepal, while migration to other countries is more recent, beginning in the 1990s. Now Nepalis are also going to Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, Japan, and Korea. Migrants usually travel alone, while their spouses, children and parents stay in Nepal. According to the World Bank, some two million Nepalis are living abroad, of which 13 percent are female migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and provides humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, refugees, stranded migrants, trafficked persons, smuggled migrants and the families of migrants. In the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, migrants and their families are identified as a key vulnerable client group.
United Nations (UN)
IOM seeks to strengthen relations with the United Nations within the multilateral framework of international dialogue, cooperation and humanitarian debate on migration and human mobility. IOM is part of the UN Country Team in many countries including Nepal and has committed to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017 in Nepal. It is the co-chair of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS and a member of several other theme groups within the UN system.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
IOM works with Civil Society Organizations including NGOs, academicians and universities on a broad range of activities and issues relating to migration. As NGOs have a relatively flexible structure, and have extensive networks, their knowledge of and access to communities at the grass-roots level and their emphasis on the well-being of the individual make them ideal partners for IOM. NGOs may be collaborators, service providers or project executors, beneficiaries or grant recipients of IOM. In Nepal IOM has partnered with various CSOs including Shakti Samuha, ABC Nepal, Women’s Forum For Women In Nepal, Saathi, Maiti Nepal, Biswas Nepal, Pourakhi, Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS) and Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) on counter trafficking and labour migration..
Safe Migration Network
The multi-dimensional nature of migration makes the involvement of the private sector an essential component in migration management. IOM seeks to forge partnerships with the private sector on areas of mutual interest and shared values. We fully respect each other’s expertise, knowledge, skills and resources. In Nepal we have successfully partnered with private sector actors such as the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI), Yeti Airlines, Association for Crafts Producers, Nepal Paints and Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education (GATE).
International and regional partners
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