Established on 16 February 2012, Social Protection Civil Society Network (SPCSN) has been active in raising the voice of right holders, promoting interfaces among right holders, experts and duty bearers, making duty bearers more accountable on various social protection issues. SPCSN is a liberal forum comprising 16 non-government organizations (NGOs), which are actively engaging themselves in the sector of human rights and social protection, and 2 INGOs with supportive as well as advisory role. Member organizations represent and are dedicated to work with the most vulnerable groups in Nepal such as children, elderly, people with disability, traffic survivors, people with HIV/AIDS, single women, landless people and so on. At present, its secretariat is run by Children-Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) at Budhhanagar, Kathmandu where CWISH is responsible for overall administrative and managerial works.

SPCSN Introduction


All citizens access the social protection schemes with no one left behind.


Poor and marginalized citizens will have access to social protection as a fundamental right and grease transparency and accountability in the country.


In 2018 SPCSN handed over some amendment points regarding the non-contributory Social Protection Act 2018, Children Act 2018 to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection. SPCSN was successful in amending this act so that the government could implement a more favorable policy. They are working with the Department of vital registration (DoCR). It looks at the cash transfer with 9 schemes of social protection (non-contributary). SPCSH has a unique foundation of 16 member organizations that collectively work with issues regarding old age, women with disability and HIV/ AIDS, child rights and human trafficking, etc. Similarly, SPCSN has promulgated it’s working directives on 24 December 2019 until its’ formal registration. New Chairperson and Joint Chairperson have been elected by 16 member organizations to successfully implement the Directive. In 2019, SPCSN and We Social Movements (WSM) have formally entered into a new partnership on Nepal Network for the Right to Social Protection (NNRSP) project for 3 years.

Way Forward

SPCSN is in legal registration processes to found an autonomous body. To ensure internal governance, SPCSN has to start publishing financial reports that need to be publicly available in its’ official website. Similarly, it needs to sustain its’ initiatives hence.

Strategic Planning and the role of Resource Persons

Five days’ non-residential training on social protection envisions to capacitate the respective member of SPCSN and enhance learning opportunities on social protection. Therefore, SPCSN encourages RPs to provide a sharing platform that showcases the trend on social protection comprising its’ history of Nepal, global context, graphs and charts, key challenges and opportunities. It envisages promoting strategic planning that will promote to establish the network.