The Social Inclusion Action Group is a multi-agency multi-donor coordination forum on social inclusion, in existence since 2005. Earlier groups and networks, such as the Social Development Learning Group led by DFID and the Social Inclusion/Affirmative Action Network piloted by UNDP in 2004 had already recognized the need to work on inclusion issues in Nepal. Members of these groups and the social scientists, civil society activists and development practitioners who were involved in preparing the study “Unequal Citizens: Gender, Caste and Ethnic Exclusion in Nepal” then came together to form an action group to promote social inclusion in policy and practice. The main objectives of the group, which they called the Social Inclusion Action Group (SIAG), were to continue learning from each other and to be able to influence the social inclusion agenda in Nepal effectively in a collaborative manner.
Since 2005, this group has organized a number of learning events on monitoring social inclusion and on increasing diversity in human resources within development agencies. To be able to work effectively it recognized the need for broad participation. At present its members comprise United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office (UNRCHCO), World Bank (WB), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation(SDC), Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Fund for Population(UNFPA) Country Office, UNICEF Country Office, UN Women (UNIFEM formally), GIZ - German Development Cooperation (GTZ formally), International Labour Organization (ILO), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Human Resource Development Centre (HURDEC) and Association of International Non- Governmental Organizations in Nepal (AIN).