Month: June 2015

Reporting Back: Global Forum 2015: Shaping Civic Space

The Global Forum 2015 a global event focusing on the legal space for civil society, bringing together over 200 of the world’s leading minds in civil society, government, multilateral institutions, and the donor community opened in Stockholm, Sweden on 10th May 2015 with two surprising video messages from President Barak Obama of the United States and UN- Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

“Strong successful countries need strong civil societies” said President Obama in his welcome address.

“Our goal is to build resilient CSOs” explained the UN Secretary General in his speech.

Every half-decade, the International Center for Not-for-Profit (ICNL) convenes its Global Forum, a one-of-a-kind platform bringing together leading thinkers with the aim of assessing where civil society stands – and how to make it stand taller.

The Nigeria Network of NGOs Executive Director, Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, participated at this year’s event as a Global Forum 2015 Fellow.

Speaking about his experience, Oyebisi noted ‘’the event provided me with the opportunity of learning first hand from colleagues in over 80 countries what it means to work as a civil society actor in different parts of the world’’ At a time when civil society’s existence is threatened, ‘’the Global Forum 2015 allowed participants to build solidarity and to provide solutions to the challenges facing civil society today’’.

Leading a session as a panellist on the topic ‘’Civil Society Freedoms and the Post-2015 Agenda’’, Oyebisi along other panellists argued that an “enabling environment” for the sector is pivotal to all aspects of development, and should therefore be explicitly included in the Post-2015 agenda.

Participating at the Sub-Saharan African Regional Meeting during the Forum, the over 14 countries in attendance shared experience on the enabling environment for CSOs in Africa, opportunities for joint solidarity including ongoing initiatives on protecting civic space across the region.

Over the course of 3 days, from May 10 to 12th 2015, several key themes relevant to the 3rd sector were discussed, ranging from arguments and strategies CSOs can use to defeat undue restrictions, access to resources, freedom to communicate and connect through to peaceful protest, civic space and Development including how civil society can claim its place as a legitimate – indeed, essential – element in governance and rights for all.

‘’The experience gained and lessons learnt at the Global Forum 2015 will continue to be useful in our work on protecting civic space in Nigeria especially in the areas of evolving a conducive and enabling environment for Nigerian NGOs to thrive’’ concluded Oyebisi.

Nigeria Network of NGOs Launches Yemisi Ransome-Kuti Leadership Awards with N 50,000 cash prize for winner.


Nigeria Network of NGOs Launches Yemisi Ransome-Kuti Leadership Awards with N 50,000 cash prize for winner.

 The first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues.

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 27, 2015/- The Nigeria Network of NGOs ( ) has announced the launch of the Yemisi Ransome-Kuti (YRK) Leadership Awards to honour outstanding Nigerians working in the not-for-profit sector who exemplify the leadership ideals of Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, a civil society activist and founding Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO). This award is the first for celebrating civil society actors in Nigeria. Participants in the award will compete for N 50,000 cash prize and a one year technology support.

Endowed by World Hope Foundation a Nigerian and United States of America based Foundation; the YRK Leadership Award will be presented to an individual whose leadership within the Nigerian 3rd sector space, activities, causes or organizations have improved community life in any part of the Country. The Award also comes with one year of free technology support from TechLooms, our technology partners.

‘’We are launching the YRK Leadership Award in order to celebrate Ms Yemisi Ramsome-Kuti for her outstanding record of leadership in the not-for-profit sector and for the country but also to celebrate social entrepreneurs who engage and collaborate as they work to promote sustainable change in their areas of focus, transformational leaders who work across borders to motivate and mobilize those they lead and to significantly raise the profile and impact of the broader civil society sector in Nigeria’’, says NNNGO Executive Director, Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi. ‘’Additionally we are launching our Executive Mentoring and Coaching for Nigerian NGOs a comprehensive approach to equip leaders within the 3rd sector in Nigeria with the right set of skills to manage challenges and opportunities by leveraging expert knowledge and finding new ways of achieving effectiveness’’.

Applications for the YRK Awards and Executive Mentoring and Coaching for Nigerian NGOs will open on June 1 and close on June 30th and 15th respectively. Civil society organizations from any part of the country are eligible to apply as long as they are members of the Network in good standing.

Further details and information on applications can be found at and

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organizations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 1000 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.