1.To bring together nationwide spread youth organizations and movements to foster cooperation, dialogue, network and collaboration for youth empowerment and development.
2. To act as an umbrella organization representing different youth organizations working in Nepal.
3. To advocate, lobby and facilitate mainstreaming of youth issues in the National Agenda.
4. To organize capacity building programs, training and workshops to strengthen the network and its member organizations.
5. To serve as a consulting and advisory body to the government agencies and relevant stakeholders regarding youth issues nationwide.
6. To organize various youth-based programs having national and international significance.
7. To represent Nepalese youth in international policy/decision-making bodies, associations, conferences, and various forums.
8. To build a network and alliance with international youth organizations and networks in order to foster youth development.
AYON drives evidence-based advocacy to further the civil, economic and social rights & opportunities for the Young People in Nepal. AYON aims to introduce meaningful change through youth leadership and youth organizations
AYON envisions a society where youth participate meaningfully for nation-building.
Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON), established in 2005, aims to bring youth organizations together to provide a common platform for collaboration, cooperation, joint actions and collective endeavors between youth organizations in Nepal.
AYON is a national network of non-government, non-religious, not-for-profit youth organizations in Nepal. It acts as an umbrella organization of youth organizations. It calls for coordination, network, support and cooperation from the government, non-government, business institutions, civil society and young people for collaborative actions for youth programs and policies.
Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) implements most of its programs through its member organizations spread across Nepal in 44 districts. Moreover, due to AYON’s link with numerous other Youth Organizations, it carries the capacity to plan and deliver programs across 75 districts. Since our member and partner organizations are based in districts, they have the capacity to execute programs at the community level creating maximum impact. To ensure uncompromising delivery, AYON which is located in Kathmandu carries out Monitoring and Evaluation duties that include field visits and distinct reporting mechanisms.
Since its inception, AYON has conducted various programmes, projects and campaigns in partnership with various International Organizations, United Nations Agencies, Government Institutions, and Youth Organizations.
British Council Nepal (2008-2011)
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call these cultural relations. British Council operates in over 100 countries. We have been working in Nepal since 1959, starting with a Library at Kantipath. We now offer services in 6 cities in Nepal and employ more than 30 staff members.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Globalisation and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities.
International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP)
Since its establishment in 1973, ICOMP has charted a unique path towards strengthening programme capacity and effectiveness with managerial and leadership improvements in numerous developing countries. It promotes South-South cooperation; assists in the development of institutional capacity; accelerates diffusion and upscaling of innovations; and networks professional management resources.
International Labor Organization (ILO)
The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labor standards. It is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers, and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating ‘real world’ knowledge about employment and work.
Ministry of Local Development, The Government of Nepal
Ministry of Local Development is one of the ministries of the government with widespread network up to grass-root level (VDCs and Municipalities). As per the main guiding policy (Geeta) of local development, Local Self Governance Act, 1999, this ministry has been placed at the apex of three-tier structural framework and accredited with the role of coordination, cooperation, facilitation and monitoring and evaluation of activities undertaken by local bodies (75 District Development Committees, 58 Municipalities and 3915 Village Development Committees).
National Planning Commission, Nepal
National Planning Commission (NPC) is the advisory body for formulating development plans and policies of the country under the directives of the National Development Council (NDC). It explores and allocates resources for economic development and works as a central agency for monitoring and evaluation of development plans, policies, and programmes. Besides, it facilitates the implementation of development policies and programmes.
Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation, and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.
Search For Common Ground (SFCG)
Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem-solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.
The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
The World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
Leveraging the AIDS response, UNAIDS works to build political action and to promote the rights of all people for better results for global health and development. Globally, it sets policy and is the source of HIV-related data. In countries, UNAIDS brings together the resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and 10 UN system organizations for coordinated and accountable efforts to unite the world against AIDS.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nepal
UNDP in Nepal concentrates its efforts for greater impact in the most remote, poor, and/or conflict-affected areas of the mid- and far-western development regions and the Terai, where its rights-based interventions are targeted towards the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The UNDP programmes seek opportunities for joint programming with other United Nations organizations and engage in joint planning and monitoring of development activities in selected districts.
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures, and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nepal
UNFPA’s support to Nepal began in 1971. The current ongoing Sixth Country Programme commenced in 2008 and will end in 2010 to coincide with the Government of Nepal Three Year Interim Plan. Through this programme and in partnership with the Government of Nepal UNFPA will provide a total of US$ 28 million, of which US$ 17 million is from UNFPA’s regular resources and US$ 11 million from multilateral and bilateral government sources. UNFPA works closely with the Government line ministries and UN agencies to contribute to peace-building and national development goals.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been working in partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh since 1974 through technical advisory services and commodity support. So far, the organization has completed six country programme cycles while it is currently carrying out its seventh country programme (2006- 2010).
The Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) was therefore created within USAID’s humanitarian bureau in 1994 to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance to take advantage of windows of opportunity to build democracy and peace. It lays the foundations for long-term development by promoting reconciliation, jumpstarting economies and helping stable democracy take hold.
Asia Pacific Leadership Forum, coordinated by UNAIDS, is an initiative against HIV/AIDS. It supports and strengthens political and civil society leaders at country, sub-regional and regional levels to take action to reduce the spread and impact of the AIDS epidemic in the Asia Pacific region.
AP Youth Net
Asia-Pacific Knowledge Network on Youth Employment (AP Youth Net) is a community practice that aims to bring together people who share a passion for the subject and committed to learning how to better address the issues. It serves as a bridge to connect constituents active in youth employment policy and program design to share technical capabilities, advice, and partnerships in countries and across the Asia-Pacific region.
AYON is a member of Project Advisory Board of UNDP project, Micro-Enterprise Development Programme. The Micro-Enterprise Development Programme is a multi-lateral donor-funded poverty reduction initiative supported by the Ministry of Industry (Nepal Government) and the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal since 1998. To support Nepal’s poverty reduction efforts, the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme has been identifying the poorest of the poor. The programme has been working with poor people, especially women, Indigenous Nationalities, Dalit, Muslim, Other Madhesi groups and involving them in micro-enterprises.
National Youth Policy Task Force of Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS)
This task force was formed to formulate the ‘National Youth Policy 2066’.
Local Economy Development Initiatives (Secretariat)
It is an integrated economic development programme of Ministry of Local Development, owned by Ministry of Finance and supported by ILO International.
UN Youth Advisory Panel
It brings together youth leaders from diverse sectors to advise UN agencies on Youth participation and issues.
National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA)
AYON is on the steering committee of NEMA, Visioning New Nepal: Nepal in our lifetime and many other national and global networks
1.What is AYON ?
Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) is a national level first and largest network of youth led organization in Nepal.
2.Why was AYON established ?
AYON was established in 2005 by bringing together youth led-organizations with the primary aim to promote youth participation in all aspect of development and governance through policy advocacy and campaign.
3.What does AYON do ?
AYON mainly involves in two tasks:
Youth related policy advocacy and campaigning on issues and concerns of youth at national level
Support for capacity building of its member organizations
4.How is the executive board formed ?
Every alternate year, the Annual General Meet goes for election. Every member organization has one vote to cast. Each member organization represents their organization at AYON AGM. An individual can’t be a member of the AYON executive committee. If there is more than one nomination for any/all designations, election is held and members for AYON’s board are elected. The tenure for every elected board is two years.
5.How to become a member of AYON ?
Only those organizations registered in Social Welfare Council and are led by youth can become member of AYON, not individuals. The details can be obtained via this link The committee from AYON board can recommend new member organizations and they are approved during the annual general meet.
6.Does the membership need to be renewed ?
Yes. Every year member organizations need to renew their membership, submitting their annual audit report and nominal renew fees.
7.Does AYON work in collaboration/partnership with organizations beyond its member organizations ?
Yes. Since our establishment we have been working in collaboration/partnership with various local, national, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations. We are also open to individuals who have ideas to work on social issues that concerns with young people.
8.Does AYON provide any monetary support to its organizations ?
AYON has been supporting its member organization in their capacity building programs for which it has been working with other supporting organizations. While working on local issues we work with our local member organizations and decentralize the recourses as far as possible. However, we do not promise any monetary support from AYON itself.
9.How do I apply if I am interested to volunteer in AYON ?
Email your CV with a cover letter mentioning your interest for volunteering at AYON. You will be included in our volunteer database and will be called as per the requirement.
10.Where should I contact if I want to know more about AYON ?
Suruchi Marg, New Baneshwor (Near Janata Television)
P.O. Box 24871, Kathmandu, Nepal