Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) is a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental social organization dedicated to protecting and promoting Nepali migrant workers’ rights. It was established in Nepal by the returnee migrant workers in 2009 with a motto of providing all possible support to the distressed migrant workers especially in gulf countries, Malaysia and Middle East Countries. PNCC is known for its highly reliable and responsive service that is timely and individualized to a distressed migrant’s needs. Having wide and established networks in receiving countries such as Malaysia, Qatar and other gulf countries, PNCC has developed a strong rescue and support mechanism for Nepali migrants abroad. PNCC has provided support to around 12,000 Nepali migrant workers in their distressful situations. The humanitarian support provided to the distressed migrant workers over the years has brought PNCC at the forefront of national and international arena as one of the most trusted and dedicated organizations for the migrant workers.
PNCC being a vanguard and leader within Nepal’s migration filed is connected with various diplomatic missions, agencies, individuals, and government entities, both in Nepal and in destination countries, which serve as valuable networks for servicing migrants in crisis in a timely and effective manner. Over the years, PNCC has developed a close relationship with the various Nepali Missions in receiving countries, and this relationship has contributed significantly to PNCC’s rescue and repatriation efforts. With increasing trust of migrant community on PNCC, the organization has seen an increased influx of cases being referred to PNCC from different organizations, partners, individuals, migrant workers, and even from government agencies. The right-based approach adopted by PNCC has garnered respect and trust of the Nepali migrant workers’ community. This approach further gives returnee migrants a valuable space to have their voice be heard, and transform the insights drawn from their personal experience into action that contributes to the field of migration.
As the number of migrant workers flying to GCC Countries (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, DUE, Bahrain, Kuwait) and Malaysia increased, a serious need of organizing Nepalese migrant workers was felt. Addressing this need, in 1998 Nepalese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia got organized at Nepalese Embassy to Saudi Arabia and formed Pravasi Nepali Sewa Samiti (PNSS). PNSS was established to rescue distressed migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Few years later, realizing the need of an organization that can coordinate between migrant workers in Nepal and in the destination countries and among the stakeholders, Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) got established and registered in 2009 in Nepal by returnee migrant workers. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee derives its name from words from English and Nepali, where Pravasi literally means ‘Immigrant’. Since inception, PNCC has been reaching to as many distressed workers as possible with possible support in coordination and collaboration with different national and international partners.
PNCC envisions a safer, dignified and productive labor migration that could largely contribute for the holistic development of nation as well as to all migrant workers & their families
PNCC strives to ensure that the rights of Nepali migrant workers respected, guaranteed and promoted and aims to create an environment where Nepalese migrant workers can entertain their rights, by advocating, generating knowledge, sharing information, building partnerships and capacitating various response groups at national, regional and international levels.
Migrant workers and their families remain at forefronts of beneficiaries in PNCC’s every intervention. PNCC, after assessing trends and situation of Nepalese migrant workers and its impact on country of origin and destination, best uses the international and national standards to ensure rights of migrant workers and their families are respected, promoted, protected, fulfilled and guaranteed, regardless of their status. PNCC has been regularly advocating for rights of migrant communities in national, regional and international levels. Often, marginalized population dominates population of migrant workers and thus, PNCC involves voice and representation of marginalized, indigenous and disadvantages population in all programmes and project planning, implementation and evaluation. Rights based approach of pro-poor and marginalized migrant community development is founded on the conviction that all human beings are holders of rights, and migrant rights are human rights directly associated with the obligations are based on the international human rights instruments and the national laws. Thus, PNCC involves a process of changing systems, actions and priorities by enabling and empowering migrant community to claim and realise their economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights including the right to development of the communities. PNCC also identifies critical elements for migration governance and international cooperation.
We believe in the output drawn from the participatory approach between the PNCC and targeted population along with stakeholders in every level of intervention. As the PNCC is an initiative of migrants for the migrants, it ensures the participation of migrant people in all the working areas and strategies, including planning and monitoring and evaluation. Inclusion in participation is one of the key priorities of PNCC. PNCC maintains the highest level of coordination and collaboration with all levels of government administrative structure while implementing its programs along with local, national and international stakeholders. PNCC emphasizes on developing synergic efforts on ground and policy level, through collaboration, participation and coordination. Also, the PNCC focuses on peer to peer education and interactive methodology as an effective tool for the PA. Through peer education PNCC targets to reach its key beneficiaries: aspirant youth migrant workers through its awareness programs and activities.
PNCC is membership-based organization. Having fulfilled certain criteria and assessment from membership committee, either a returnee migrant or a migrant with valid visa in a destination country can be eligible for its membership, which needs to be annually renewed. PNCC has 400 members to date, out of which 36 members hold status of being general convention representatives. The work of PNCC is overseen by its Executive Committee (EC) that comprises seven executive members, being three positions compulsorily filled by female members. Each member on the EC completes a three-year term on the EC. PNCC is equipped with adequate resources and highly qualified and experienced team of staff members at Central Office and Outreach Support Centers.