Established on 16 February 2012 as a loose network, 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. The major objectives of the network are; to conduct research on the social protection system, to lobby with and support the government agencies on their plans and policies, to ensure collective dialogues to promote its’ issues, to campaign and lobby for transparency and accountability of the plans and policies, and to ensure social awareness, skill development, and dissemination in local units on social protection programs. At present, it is formally registered in the District Administration Office (DAO No. 5769/077/078), Lalitpur in March 2021 and has been affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC No. 52522)

SPCSN Introduction


‘Promoting access to sustainable and targeted social security’.

Access to affordable, transparent and accountable social security programs will be guaranteed for the target groups in a way that is universally accepted.


Access of Nepalese to universal, valid, targeted, accessible and accountable sustainable social protection based on life cycle.


To play an effective role as a leading network to establish the access of target and beneficiary communities to social protection programs run in Nepal.


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.