Nepal Magar Association (NMA) is non-partisan and non-profit making Magar indigenous peoples’ organization established in 1982. NMA is a common and representative organization of Magar indigenous peoples of Nepal. Magar community is the largest ethnic group of indigenous nationalities of Nepal compromising 7.14 percent out of total population that is 16, 22,421 in number as per census record of 2001. It was duly registered with the government in 1992 and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council in 2003. Since its inception, it is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Magar language and culture; the upliftment of socio-economic and educational condition of Magars; the consolidation communal harmony among various communities; and the protection and promotion of human rights and indigenous peoples rights. NMA is federal structured organization. Presently Association has been expanded into 65 districts chapter out of 75 districts or 14th zonal coordination committed in Nepal, where has been formed the district chapter or zonal coordination committee. There are also activating VDC level committee. It has international chapters in eleven countries in abroad.
Besides working for Magar community, NMA has been coordinating even with other indigenous peoples? organizations of Nepal to protect and promote Indigenous peoples rights since its establishment. It is one of the founder organizations of Nepal’s indigenous peoples national network, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) established in 1990. It has been actively participating in the work of NEFIN for ensuring the rights of indigenous peoples in Nepal.
- Meaningful participation, transparency and institutionalization Equity and Equality Self-esteem, self-respect and dignity Mutual respect Common ownership and responsibility with Consensus building Mutual cooperation and strong belief in unity.
- Advocacy and Lobbying
Advocacy and lobbying are for ensuring indigenous peoples rights in Nepal and empowering Magars to make them able to enjoy the rights for their well being.
- Formal and Non-formal Education through Magar language
- Saving and Credit Program
Groups of women will be formed. The members of the group save certain amount of money regularly, which is given to the member as credit for income generation. These groups also organize discussion programs to become aware on different relevant issues. There are 50 womens groups in 35 districts formed till date.
- Establishment of Magar Building:
Construction of Magar Building in districts and village level. Magar Building provides facilities for library, offices to NMA and training and Conference hall.
- Organizational and Institutional Development of NMA
a. National Convention
b. National Conference
c. Central, District, Municipal and Village Committees Meeting and Convention
d. Membership Distribution
e. Capacity Building Training and Workshop
- Cultural Programs
a. Organizing various cultural programs and plays reflecting the way of life, culture, religion and tradition of the Magars,
b. Celebrating various fest and festivals of the Magars
c. Organizing literary program in Magar language