Month: July 2016

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

Invitation to Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Engagement Conference with Civil Society Organisations

7 September 2016, Lagos, Nigeria

Theme: Achieving Global Best Practices in NGO Formation and Management.

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) engagement conference with civil society organisations on 7 September 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. As you have seen from our work at the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in the last 3 years, we have been engaging with regulators on an enabling environment for our sectors operations. You will recall that at the NNNGO annual conference in 2015 CAC committed to organising a conference to discuss and work together with our sector to shape the future of our sector.

We strongly encourage your attendance at this conference as this is a great opportunity to ensure your voice is heard. The conference will bring together senior management at CAC, members of the wider civil society community and other thought leaders in the sector to share experiences and case studies on NGO formation and management in Nigeria.

REGISTRATION

We strongly recommend you register immediately at http://bit.ly/29UYsoQ to ensure your space is guaranteed as we have only 250 spaces. Registration is FREE. Only selected applicants will be contacted.  All participants are responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lagos and to jointly work together to strengthen our sector.

 

World Changers Foundation

World Changers Foundation

Mahatma Gandhi said “You must be the change you want to see in the world”.

Changing the world begins with life changing experience. If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you changes. Not only because you now view the environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow one to take action in ways that would not have thought about while stuck in the old pattern of thoughts.

If only 7 percent of world population can care for the distressed, banish selfishness and embrace selflessness, we would be quite amazed by how much we can change the world.

Not underestimating the power of vision to change the world and readily born out of the need to work out the renaissance and orientate the moral value of people in the society, World Changers Foundation in 2011 desired and began to create social network with the responsibility of raising World Changers for nation building.

Taking due account of the presence of genuine future leaders across political divide and the need to quickly attract these birds of same plumage who represent the repressed, depressed, oppressed and deprived populace in the society, WCF envisions a society that is effective, reformed and restructured that these communities may become the ambassadors of change and create a better world for themselves, their state and the nation.

Strategizing to promote behavioral change, WCF has been networking and collaborating with organizations that share common goals and visions to design and develop a youth friendly curriculum geared toward vocational skills to enhance capacity building for self-sustenance which would in turn affect their lives positively.

Opuda Sotonwari, the coordinator of WCF said that the foundation has been able to organize training for about 300 secondary school pupils and youths in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state on skills acquisition in soap and bead-making and decoration. This, she said will continue to be part of their  agenda for the youth in the society which would transfer them to the position of employers of labor and will automatically help take burdens off the shoulders of their parents.

According to her, masses in River State are gradually loosing hope for a better future, these threatening challenges again woke WCF to the state of the economy in the state and vowed again never to stop giving humanitarian services. Building the capacity of “In school and Out” school youths, people with disability, less privilege, widows, women and indigent children through empowerment programme and scholarship scheme hence became part of the important goals that must be achieved and reach at least about five hundred thousand people in Nigeria. Opuda Sotanwari revealed that this cause will continue till the year 2025.

Meanwhile, WCF’s coordinator further stated that promoting primary health services through advocacy, social mobilization and free medical services in the area of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other related epidemics to remote and hard to reach communities have also been part of the societal transformation the foundation envisioned which till date she said to its credit continues to benefit hundreds of lives.

Vision without action is merely a dream, action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can massively transform the communities around you. This, Opuda Sotonwari proudly said World Changers Foundation has embraced as a watchword.

NNNGO Trains Chief Executive Officers

Over 50 Chief Executive Officers within the membership of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) from the six geo-political zones of the country gathered in Lagos on the 6th of April 2016 to learn, share experience and adopt global best practices in NGO management at the Network’s capacity building workshop with a special focus on responsibilities, productivity and efficiency held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Alausa, Ikeja.

The workshop which was mainly organized for members of the network took participants through the functional core duties of a CEO of not-for-profit organisation. Findings from our work revealed that not many NGO leaders have clear terms of reference for their work which has in most cases impacted negatively on their ability to lead effectively.

Taking participants through their functional roles, Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, NNNGO’s Executive Director noted that efficiency is most important for a terrific outcome, he thus laid emphasis on job specifications, stressing the need for a robust knowledge, intelligence, commitment and dedication in ensuring and ascertaining a successful and impactful touch to their foundations which were established for the sole purpose of service to humanity.

And as result of the changing dynamics of running an NGO, Oyebisi admonished the CEOs to cultivate a healthy relationship with their board of directors for better and clearer strategic direction, further noting that a non-profit director should not only maintain a positive working relationship with employees but must as well function effectively balancing day to day leadership duties with accurate accountability to the board of directors, emphasizing that proper balance and accountability can only be achieved when both the board and the executive directors’ roles and responsibilities are clearly defined. He added that some initial degree of tension or disconnect between the executive director and board of directors is natural but that steps to address challenges will definitely instill mutual trust and strengthen the organization’s operational capacity at the long run.

Participants at the end of the workshop garnered more capacities on the running of their NGOs which included tips on executive director’s job description, committee responsibilities, working with board of directors, maximizing board meeting productivity, staffing, human resource, budget, finance and obtaining grants amongst others. The CEOs were most delighted on this new development which they said has broadened their horizons.

In particular was a participant who confessed that prior to the training, she had little knowledge of how to manage her organisation, she further opened up that she has been a sole funder of her Foundation since its inception but she realized that “it is now getting out of her hands and cannot handle it anymore” however with the knowledge gained at the workshop she now ‘’knows what to do in taking her organisation to the next level’’

The Nigeria Network of NGOs, established in 1992 represents over 2000 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level to larger networks working at the national level.

Profiling YRK Award Winner: Ms. Ndifreke Andrew-Essien

Living the Life

Little did she know then that a wheelchair would become a support, but today Ndifreke has risen above the wheelchair and now she chairs her way into the lives of the less privileged through her life transforming impacts. – This is Ms Ndifreke Andrew-Essien, the very first YRK Award winner giving insight into the driving force of her charitable works. The Yemisi Ransome –Kuti (YRK) Leadership Award was established in March 2015 to honor 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) .


The accident was absolutely incredible, I never saw it coming” recounted Ndifreke Andrew-Essien in reminisce, who as a young adult in that particular year was on her way to rack up an impressive resume of becoming a medical student at the University of Calabar.

For Ndifreke, year 2002 was a very pleasant year coupled with the fact that she was doing very well in her academics. The day, December 26th, 2002 began with studying, a ritual she had of course grown accustomed to, she then decided to visit friends where at that moment for her it became rather unfortunate that fortune did not smile and met with the never to be forgotten accident even as she boarded a commercial motorcycle on that fateful day.

After two sets of long surgeries (in Tel-Aviv) and being bed-ridden for close to two months, doctors tried to explain nicely the damage that had been done to her back – a burst fracture of spine and that the best surgeries would do, will be to help her sit. “I have had to use a wheel chair ever since and rehabilitate myself to be independent” she confessed.

Independence and resoluteness then became her watchword which propelled the birth of her Foundation Freky Andrew-Essien Care Foundation well known as FAECARE Foundation that has a mission to inspire, motivate and empower creative minds for a better, bright and possible future and going further again with visions to add value to the lives of targeted vulnerable groups with disability and the less privileged in the community and thus creating life changing opportunities for them.

Ms Ndifreke who after the ugly incident could not bear to remain unresourceful, became involved in a lot of volunteering before she began channeling her little energy into FAECARE Foundation hence the achievements which include an annual children’s scholarships to vulnerable children who are out of school and the Hope Again Initiative which is a community based vocational skills which is targeted at female persons with disability.

All of these achievements which are fast becoming a milestone have thus paved way for the recognition of her foundation even in the new ‘hall of diligence and hard work of the YRK Awards coupled with some other international recognition, one of which is the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the recognition which went as far as being able to be part of the 40-member committee who got engaged with the first lady of the United States on issues centered around girl child education.

When asked if she ever felt she would emerge winner of the YRK Awards, she said “I honestly didn’t think I would emerge in the top 10 tackles of winner. Ever since I found myself as part of President Barak Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative and emerged a Mandela Washington Fellow, I advised myself to take advantage of opportunities even when I don’t rate myself high or feel worthy. When I received the detail via email of YRK awards, I was actually in Ghana on a 6-month internship program at an International –NGO. I think I received at least two mails before I decided to apply. My general thought was that for sure someone in Lagos or Abuja would definitely get it not me far and somewhere busy doing my thing in Rivers state…basically I was thrilled when I got the mail that I had made top 3 and was definitely shocked when I was announced winner during the NNNGO’s conference”.

Ms Ndifreke who did not fail to acknowledge the giant and huge step of the organizers of the YRK Leadership Award pledged never to relent nor fail in this worthy course but that the award would serve as a boost to intensify more efforts and dedication in the third sector both as an individual and as an organization.  She further stated that she hopes to increase her circle of influence and encourage more youths into selfless service which has its own reward system which may not necessarily be monetary. “The YRK Award is a motivation to continue on the path I am on and strive for improvement and development” she concluded.