Organization, Governance & Values

Goal & Policies of the institution

NEMAF seeks to contribute to a socially harmonized and economically developed Madhesh by creating a critical mass of effective civil society in Madhesh. The creation and strengthening of this critical mass has been sought through research, advocacy and publication at various levels.


NEMAF has a seven-member Executive Committee headed by the Chairperson, Mr. Kapil Prasad Rohita. Day to day office operation work is managed by a Management Committee, headed by the Executive Director Tula Narayan Shah.

Governance Structure & Functions

  1. The General Assembly (GA), composed of the general members, is the supreme body of the organization. All major Policy decisions are taken by the GA and it meets every year. The General Assembly takes decisions on provisions relating to its own existent statute. It delegates authority through its statute to the Executive Committee, may make necessary decisions regarding new program and activities, partnership agreements and other management and policy matters and approves of strategies, policies, and annual work plan and budget for NEMAF. On annual basis, EC submits an annual report on organizational activities and has its financial statements approved by the GA. It also includes the elected members of executive committee etc.
  2. The Executive Committee meets at least once in three months. The agendas presented by both the committee members and the staff members are tabled in the meeting for discussion and necessary decisions are taken. Attendance of at least 51% committee members is a required quorum for conducting the meeting. The Executive Committee is accountable to the General Assembly of NEMAF. Therefore, it functions in line with the policy decisions made by the General Assembly and provisions made in the statute of NEMAF and implements all programs and projects through a management team headed by the Executive Director. It shall also constantly monitor the progress of the implementation of projects and programs imposed by the management through different committees such as the Audit, Procurement and M&E Committees.
  3. The Audit Committee, comprising of three members (two from the EC and one among the General members), is appointed by the Executive Committee (EC) and meets at least two times a year but not exceeding the six-month period between two meetings. The AC reviews compliance with policies, plans, procedures (FAR) and employees related regulations, other laws and regulations; ensures regular/timely audit (internal/external audit/special audit) and the reliability and integrity of financial information and means used to identify measure, classify, and report such information; appraises the economy, effectiveness and efficiency with which resources are utilized; report to EC, management on audit queries and recommending ways to improve upon; suggest amendment in procedures in FAR for better control; and facilitate and recommend appointment of external auditor.
  4. The Procurement Committee, empowered to deal with all supplies as required/provisioned under the Financial Administration Regulation, is involved in all case of procurement where the value is more than Rs. 200,000. The committee is responsible for determining the quantity and specification of items required, recommending the most competitive procurement based on quotations (including tenders) where value exceeds Rs. 1,000,000, recommending procedures to be adapted for foreign procurement if need arise, waiving the requirement of quotations where situation mentioned in the FAR are met or otherwise, constitution of Technical Committee and for recommending the most competitive supplier based on comparative analysis of quotations, sealed quotation (and tenders) and negotiation for approval by EC where value exceed Rs. 1,000,000.
  5. The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee is responsible for monitoring the overall progress and assessment of the institution. Though there is provision for such a committee, it has not been implemented but there is a plan to implement it soon in near future. The monitoring and evaluation, however, is an integral part of NEMAF for assessing the progress and results of current activities of NEMAF. It has a Result Based Monitoring & Evaluation Plan (RBME) based on which the achievements of and measures to be taken in the ongoing programs are considered.
  6. The Executive Director heads NEMAF and is responsible for the overall management of the institution by implementing activities and programs for projects undertaken by NEMAF following the policies, regulations and plans of NEMAF. ED also coordinates with the EC and other committees and acts as per the roles and responsibilities specified in his/her job description.
  7. Program Section is responsible for carrying out all the activities relating to the program or projects or as directed by ED. Specifically, this section is responsible for the planning and designing of the program/project, liaison with local partners and funding agencies as well. Similarly, the section is also responsible for managing all sorts of program and project activities whether it is at the federal, provincial or local level. It monitors and evaluates the activities under the agreed NEMAF’s and funding agencies M&E Framework.
  8. Finance and Admin Section is solely responsible for all financial administration and administrative activities such as logistic support, inventory control, recording physical assets etc under the NEMAF’s FAR provision. The section also monitors and supervises the financial transactions and administration of local partners. In case of establishment of Provincial Office and District Office, this section will also monitor and supervise these offices at local level.
  9. A Provincial Office will be established in the different provinces and will be responsible for implementing activities at local levels through district offices and monitoring and supervising these offices. However, there is only one provincial office at Janakpur, in province-2.
  10. A District Office will be established in each district of different provinces to implement activities directly among the community. These offices do not exist presently.
  11. Local Partners are the NGOs at provincial level or local level. The local partners are responsible for implementing the NEMAF’s activities directly among communities in their working regions.

The core values of and policies adopted by NEMAF

Harmonized society

People of various communities have equal right to live, work and enjoy freedom at each corner of their beloved nation. NEMAF believes in mutual respect for each other and common voice and work for common interests.

Equal opportunity for all

There should be assurance for equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of community, gender, race, color, class, ethnicity, location, religion, and political background. NEMAF will promote all sorts of equality in its organizational structures and programs interventions.


NEMAF as a team wants to be creative and cooperative, bold without the fear of failure – in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of development, peace and prosperity.

Independent, non-partisans and secular

NEMAF will maintain its independence as a civil society organization – it will not advocate a particular faith or engage itself in partisan politics.

Respect of human dignity

We believe that ‘every individual is equal and possesses rights to live a dignified life in the society’; therefore, NEMAF works to ensure the respect of Madheshi community’s human dignity in all spheres of social life.

Professionalism and integrity

In order to achieve the mission and objectives of NEMAF, a high degree of ‘professionalism’ is required for all its personnel and members along with the ‘integrity’ that is essential to enable all beneficiaries and stakeholders to be confident that NEMAF is working for the best interests of Madheshis in particular and society in general.

Good governance

NEMAF commits itself to exercise and promote institutional good governance, which besides other aspects, includes accountability, transparency, and meaningful participation of the various stakeholders including the community.

Equity and participation

NEMAF recognizes the fact that even within the Madheshi community, there are issues of inequality and inequity. Until and unless these are addressed in a strategic manner, the empowerment of the entire Madheshi community will be at risk, and therefore NEMAF commits itself to upholding this value.

Partnership based on mutual respect and equality

NEMAF believes in such partnership that promotes mutual respect and equality among partners. It also commits to adopt this value to its beneficiaries.


  • Institutional Good Governance Policy (IGGP)-2067 BS
  • Financial Administration Regulation (FAR) -2067 BS
  • Staff Management Regulation (SMR)-2067 BS
  • Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (RBM&E) 2011-2015

Policies in the process of development:

  • Gender Equity and Social Inclusion
  • Fund Raising Policy
  • Advocacy Policy