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NGO Rregistration Process in Nepal | Detailed Guide

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How to Register NGO in Nepal?

NGO Rregistration Process in Nepal | Detailed Guide

The number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has gradually increased since the re-establishment of multiparty democracy in 1990, and the pace has accelerated since the 2006 people’s movement. While many NGOs have been chastised for making the country reliant on foreign aid and colluding with donors to further their own agendas, there is no denying that they have contributed to the country’s social growth.

Perhaps this is why the number of NGOs is steadily growing, and people from all walks of life are interested in registering their organizations and contributing to the development process.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help them understand how to register an NGO in Nepal, according to the Associations Registration Act of 1977.

Step 1: Getting recommendation letter from the ward office

The first move is to request a letter of recommendation from the ward office where the NGO’s office is located.

To obtain a letter from the ward office, send the following doplusents with application:

  1. An application signed by the NGO’s chairperson
  2. A copy of the minutes from the ad-hoc committee meeting on the NGO’s registration approval: Prior to the registration of the NGO, an ad-hoc committee is created, which will eventually act as the board of directors.
  3. Each member of the ad-hoc committee must sign a copy of the organization’s constitution (bidhan).
  4. Notarized copies of all members of the ad-hoc committee’s citizenship certificates
  5. A lease arrangement between the NGO and the owner of the NGO’s office building.
  6. Tax receipt for the house where the NGO’s office is located
  7. A notarized copy of the house owner’s citizenship certificate where the NGO is located

Step 2: Getting recommendation letter from District Coordination Committee

One must receive a recommendation letter from the District Coordination Committee after receiving a letter of recommendation from the ward office (DCC). For a DCC application, the following doplusents must be submitted:

  1. Both members of the ad-hoc committee must sign the application.
  2. a copy of the ward office’s letter of recommendation (See step 1 above)
  3. Both members of the ad-hoc committee have notarized copies of their citizenship certificates.
  4. Both members of the ad-hoc committee must sign a copy of the organization’s constitution.
  5. a copy of the NGO’s and the house owner’s rent
  6. A copy of the minutes from the ad-hoc committee meeting that approved the NGO’s registration.

Step 3: Getting registration certificate from District Administration Office

Following receipt of the DCC’s recommendation letter, an application must be submitted with the following doplusents at the concerned District Administration Office (DOA):

  1. Both members of the ad-hoc committee must sign an application.
  2. Both members of the ad-hoc committee must sign four copies of the organization’s constitution.
  3. Copies of all members’ citizenship certificates that have been notarized
  4. The ward office’s letter of recommendation (See step 1 above)
  5. The DCC has written a letter of recommendation for you (See step 2 above)
  6. A copy of the NGO’s and the house owner’s rent agreement
  7. A copy of the minutes from the ad-hoc committee meeting that approved the NGO’s registration.

The DAO will send a letter to requesting a clearance report after receiving an application with all necessary doplusents. The DAO will grant a certificate of registration based on the police report and the fact that all provisions in the NGO’s constitution are in compliance with the country’s laws.

Step 4: Get an Affiliation from Social Welfare Council

Following receipt of the DAO certificate of registration, the NGO must apply for affiliation with the Social Welfare Council (SWC), the country’s NGO regulator. The following doplusents must be submitted with the application to the SWC:

  1. a application signed by the NGO’s chairperson
  2. a copy of the NGO’s constitution
  3. The DAO released the NGO registration certificate, which included notarized copies of all members’ citizenship certificates.

Step 5: Getting PAN number from Revenue Department

Following the NGO’s affiliation with the SWC, steps must be taken to obtain a permanent account number (PAN) from the concerned inland revenue office of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in order to begin the NGO’s operations. The application must be made online with the following doplusents attached:

  1. A copy of the PAN application minutes, duly signed by the board members
  2. Leasing voucher with tax deducted at source (TDS)
  3. A copy of the online application with a Rs 10 stamp on it A copy of the NGO’s constitution A copy of the DAO’s certificate of registration
  4. A copy of the SWC certificate of affiliation

Following the online submission of the aforementioned papers, an NGO board member must appear before the tax office, which will hold a record of the board member’s biometric photograph and signature. The officer will physically verify all of the doplusents submitted, and the department will issue a PAN certificate.

As a final move, this procedure completes the NGO’s registration in Nepal. Nonetheless, the NGO must ensure that it operates in compliance with the country’s rules.

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