The Harmonized Nonprofit Code of Conduct

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]The Code has been developed as a set of good practices balanced with stakeholder expectations and statutory regulatory requirements representing shared accountability and expectations between critical stakeholders and the nonprofit community. It reflects the national and universal concerns about improving governance and management of resources among nonprofits and embraces good practice in other sectors.

 

The Code provides a common platform for nonprofits across the country to assess their strength and instil confidence in their beneficiaries, including stakeholders, that they are advancing the greater good through their operations and activities. It places a greater emphasis on values, accountability, transparency, probity, maintaining internal controls, leadership and the diversity of opinion and skills.

 

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Hands of God Widows Support Initiative to Empower Widows in Nigeria on International Widows Day

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative to Empower Widows in Nigeria on International Widows Day

 

As the world prepares to observe International Widows Day on June 23rd, the Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN) is raising awareness about the challenges faced by widows in Nigeria. With the theme “Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality,” HOGWIN is hosting an event in the Igbogbo community, located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, to commemorate IWD2023.

 

Widows and their dependent children often suffer from severe human rights violations, including poverty, ostracism, violence, destitution, and discrimination, both legally and culturally. To address these issues, HOGWIN’s Executive Director, Phranklin Audu, announced that widows will receive small business grants and opportunities for skill acquisition in the fashion industry and other vocations.

 

According to Audu, International Widows Day presents a critical opportunity to act and ensure the full rights and recognition of widows. This includes providing widows with information on inheritance rights, access to productive resources, fair pensions, and social protection.

 

“At HOGWIN, we are dedicated to investing in the empowerment of widows and their children. We firmly believe in enabling them to lead productive and fulfilling lives after the loss of their breadwinner.” Phranklin Audu noted, he also emphasized the need for the government to fulfill its commitments by upholding widows’ rights as enshrined in international conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

HOGWIN advocates for comprehensive programs and policies aimed at ending violence against widows and their children, poverty alleviation, education, and other forms of support, including – launching a fund-raising campaign(documentary) to raise awareness and advocate for widows’ rights in Nigeria. These initiatives, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals are all part of Hands of God Widows Support Initiative’s current efforts to assist widows in the society.

International Widows Day is observed annually on June 23rd as a United Nations Day of action to address poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.

About Hands of God Widows Support Initiative:

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN), a member organization of the Nigeria Network of NGOs is dedicated to championing the rights of widows in rural communities in Nigeria, in line with Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 5, 8, and 17.

Press Release: NNNGO Launches SDGs Manifesto Index

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Lagos, Nigeria, 02 February 2023 — For the last 7 years, the Sustainable Development Goals have served as the framework for governments all over the world to deliver prosperity to people and our planet. In 2021, we saw firsthand the effects of the pandemic on human development. Since the SDGs are a road map for humanity as they include almost every aspect of human and environmental needs, if properly implemented, they would bring development to the doorsteps of the common man.

 

As with every election cycle, there is tremendous hope for reaching the yearnings of citizens through campaign promises, agenda and manifestos advanced by candidates seeking to be elected. For the first time, the Nigeria Network of NGOs is launching a report that links the manifestos of the three major candidates in the 2023 Presidential elections to the SDGs.

 

The report called the SDGs Manifesto Index objectively assesses the relevance of the SDGs to the manifestos presented by Presidential candidates of the All-Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This publication marks a significant milestone in the journey of tracking SDGs implementation by the new administration that will be ushered in by the 2023 general elections using each prospective candidate’s manifesto as an entry point. The Index helps to better understand how a candidate’s plans and promises relate to the SDGs framework.

 

The SDGs Manifesto Index report finds that Goal 8 of the SDGs (Decent Work and Economic Growth) has more relevance in the Manifestos of the 3 Presidential Candidates namely Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC), Peter Obi (Labour Party) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP).  The Index detected 14 goals in the “Renewed Hope 2023-Action Plan for a Better Nigeria” document of the Asiwaju-Shettima ticket that addresses the SDGs. For the “It’s Possible-Our Pact with Nigerians” document of the Obi-Baba Ahmed ticket, 14 goals were detected while 16 were retrieved in the “A Covenant with Nigerians” of the Atiku-Okowa ticket.

 

The report noted that the APC candidate’s manifesto will help achieve 46 SDG targets, LP, 55 and PDP 62 out of the 169 SDG targets. In addition, the Index searched for specific references to the words “Sustainable Development Goals” or “2030 Agenda” in the various documents, 11 instances were found for Atiku Abubakar, 3 for Peter Obi, and none for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

“Reviewing promises, priorities, and strategies of the three major Presidential candidates in the 2023 elections through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is necessary for focusing attention on the goals” said Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs. “We will perform a post-election review of the manifesto of whoever wins the 2023 elections and develop an indicator for measurement based on United Nations (UN) SDGs indicators with input from development experts and other stakeholders. The indicators will help spotlight how progress towards the design and implementation of activities towards the manifesto including how this will be monitored and evaluated”. Oyebisi added.

 

The SDGs Manifesto Index has been developed using text mining and natural language processing tool developed by the European Union Joint Research Center with an additional conceptual design and framework by the Index Team at NNNGO forming part of the process. It also benefited from further review by a group of SDGs experts drawn from within civil society.

 

Note to editors.

Media Contact

Oyindamola Aramide

Communications Lead

Nigeria Network of NGOs

+234 07065160956

Email: oyindamola.aramide@nnngo.org

About the SGDs Manifesto Index

The SDGs Manifesto Index comes ahead of the 2023 elections, a baseline for tracking campaign promises and their linkage to the SDGs aimed at mobilising political leaders and galvanising action towards attainment of the goals. It forms the basis of the work of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in the next four years of the new administration to track progress towards implementing the global goals.

 

Read more about the SDGs Manifesto Index Report and join the conversation using #SDGsManifestoIndex

Find out more about the Nigeria Network of NGOs at www.nnngo.org

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OUTLOOK FOR THE NONPROFIT SECTOR Y2023

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]Our 2023 outlook focuses on economic and regulatory trends that we think will impact the operations of nonprofit organisations in Nigeria. They are forward looking opinions derived from trends, realities, expertise, and experiences of sector leaders. They are based on current performance, sector and wider economic cycle, historical performances founded on normal business and likelihood projections based on information including feedbacks from our membership, consistent enough to form an opinion.

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE POLICY/BILL DRAFTING CONSULTANT ON SUB-NATIONAL REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are looking to hire a POLICY/BILL DRAFTING CONSULTANT to provide legislative drafting assistance to 10 states with Bill or Policy drafting needs within the EU-ACT-NNNGO scope of work for the coming year. Consultant’s responsibilities will comprise drafting new bills on a harmonized registration frameworks for legislation for each of the states, liaising with responsible Government Ministries and stakeholders regarding policy and drafting instructions, undertaking a review of relevant sub-national legislation in relation to the drafting instructions along with NNNGO and the sub-national network leads of selected states etc.

 

To be successful in this role, you should have experience working within an AG’s Chambers, Law Reform Authority, or similar organisation, producing high quality regulation and related policies and legislation, ability to engage with a cross-section of stakeholders in the public and private sectors etc.

 

Ultimately, you will help us ensure robust implementation of the project in line with its aim and objectives.

 

Minimum Qualifications
– A law degree or related field with evidence of experience from a recognised and reputable institution
– A postgraduate degree in legislative drafting/training would be an advantage Professional Experience
– Minimum of 10 years’ legislative drafting experience.

(See Details in Terms of Reference)

 

To apply, send your CV and Cover Letter to nnngo@nnngo.org with subject POLICY/BILL DRAFTING CONSULTANCY.

 

Note: The Nigeria Network of NGOs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. NNNGO encourages all suitable qualified people, including women and people with disabilities, to apply.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1670406507914{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT HERE” color=”pink” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fnnngo.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2022%2F12%2FPOLICY-BILL-DRAFTING-CONSULTANT.pdf|title:Download%20here|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EFCC SCUML Regulations 2022

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]We have received from the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML), the EFCC/SCUML Regulation, 2022 recently signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. This regulation provides implementation guidelines for the registration and effective supervision of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions which includes CSOs, makes provisions for administrative sanctions for DNFBPs, strengthens the existing system for combatting Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proliferation Financing and so on.

 

We urge that you take the time to carefully study this regulation to equip you with adequate knowledge on the duties and powers of EFCC/SCUML especially as it pertains to civil society.

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Press Release for Development Dialogue 2022

Press Release for Development Dialogue 2022
Theme: “Good Governance & Public Policy: The Roadmap to Rebuilding the Nation
Thursday, November 24th2022


Ideation Hub Africa (IHA)
is pleased to announce that the 8th edition of Development Dialogue is scheduled to hold on November 24th 2022 as a virtual summit.

 

This executive conference themed Good Governance & Public Policy: The Roadmap to Rebuilding the Nationwill convene African Leaders,nation-building enthusiasts, policy shapers, Development Practitioners, Non-profit Professionals, Social Innovators, Impact-driven Entrepreneurs, and Changemakers across Nigeria and Africa and other key players, in Africa’s development sector to lead and participate in insightful discourse around building a New Nigeria and Africa, fostering discussions on good leadership and public policy in Africa to achieve greater social impact and transformation to create more purposeful work for Africa’s future!

 

When considering a better future in Africa, we cannot ignore our leadership system, because a nation or a Continent is a reflection of its leadership. Leaders shape and mold their countries in the form they want, and determine the course of events and actions in their countries.

 

Debola Deji-Kurunmi, Executive Director of Ideation Hub Africa (Convener, Development Dialogue) expressed enthusiasm saying the conference will bring together young and emerging African leaders, policy shapers, social innovators and nonprofit leaders to drive policy conversations, as well as share the most pragmatic insights for good governance in Nigeria, and across Africa.

 

Through the Dialogue, you will:

  • Strengthen competencies for shaping beneficiary-centric policies that impact nation-building and deliver highest impact for public good.
  • Expand your leadership capacity to understand pressing problems and critical challenges in African communities, as well as craft workable solutions.
  • Understand Nigeria’s current governance structure, and how to contribute meaningfully through private sector participation, non-profit collaboration, academic and research inputs etc.
  • Join a Leadership ThinkTank during the Conference, and learn how to craft a Blueprint that creates real solutions especially for underserved African communities. Your contributions will shape Policy Papers we are curating for governments.
  • Acquire important knowledge and skills for problem-solving, critical thinking, goal setting and social innovation, especially as you take your work forward in 2023
  • Connect with other super-achievers working in government, civil society, non-profits, social enterprises, academia and impact-driven projects.
  • Access courses and conference replays from Social Innovation School to turbocharge your learning goals


We want to inspire conversations on how to amplify the voices of African citizens and engage them in facilitating systemic change through the building of strong and working relationships with the government, private sectors and civil society that will supply the necessary support to contribute to good governance and influence policies that truly deliver results and sustainable societal transformation across the African Continent.”

 

At Ideation Hub Africa, we believe the way to advance Nigeria’s prosperity is through its social profit sector in collaboration with other sectors! This is why at this year’s Development Dialogue, we will host thousands of virtual attendees to an unforgettable experience of learning, sharing, creating innovative solutions, forming collaborations to influence good leadership, governance, policies, and mapping out new possibilities that will birth new ideas and vision of a New Nigeria and African Continent.

 

The 8th edition of Development Dialogue is expected to be a ‘Big Conversation on Pragmatic African Leadership’ for stakeholders across the civil society, government, public and private sectors to raise burning issues, critically analyze Africa’s current situation affecting the continent and leadership structures and identify innovative steps in birthing a New transformational change across the African Continent.

 

Since 2015, Ideation Hub Africa has built a 20,000+ member ecosystem of Social Innovators, Changemakers and Nation Builders working to achieve the SDGs across 25 African Countries.

 

For more information on registration, visit https://ideationhubafrica.org/dd2022/

Watch our ED’s Exclusive Invitation to this year’s dialogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxD9Vdvg55o

Security Note from Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Following the issuance of security alerts by the Governments of the United States and United Kingdom and the subsequent withdrawals of their citizens from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, we encourage our members across the country and in Abuja specifically to please stay alert and vigilant to any perceived threat to their lives and properties.

 

While the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba has assured Nigerians that there is no imminent threat in Abuja or anywhere else in the country, we enjoin members to minimize travels, physical gatherings- conferences and workshops, or campaigns where possible at this time until all indications of impending chaos subside.

 

We urge members to develop and execute security plans for their organisations including large gatherings. In case there are donor supported events you have planned in Abuja, please reach out to your donors asking for a delay in implementation or change in venue to other parts of the country. Remember this will have cost implications that may need to be negotiated with your grant officer. Organisations based in Abuja may also consider a work from home policy in order to guarantee the safety of their staff.

 

We encourage CSOs to remain cautious and vigilant in public places especially where crowds gather, including conferences, workshops, places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, football viewing centres, displacement camps, transport terminals (including train networks), government buildings, security, and educational institutions (schools, further education colleges and universities are all regular targets), and international organisations.

 

We encourage our members and their staff, especially within the FCT, to stay alert and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence and persons to the Police through the following emergency lines as provided by authorities: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883

 

Tips for Navigating a Terrorist Attack

 

These tips apply whether you’re in a public or private space.

 Before an Incident

  • Be vigilant. Terrorist attacks usually happen in public places. Keep a watch for suspicious behaviour, vehicles, or packages.
  • If you have any fears or suspicions, tell the police.
  • When you’re in buildings and on public transport, make sure you know where the emergency exits are.

 During an Incident

  • We know it is hard to do but try your best to remain calm and patient but stay as alert as you can. Find the safest way to leave the area. Move as quickly and calmly as you can. If you cannot find an exit, find a good hiding spot, and stay there till you are sure it is safe to leave.
  • If there’s an explosion outside a building or you hear gunshots, stay inside or as far from the explosion area as you can. Keep away from windows, lifts, and outside doors in case there’s another bomb nearby.
  • If there’s a fire, stay low to the floor and exit as quickly as possible. Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth if you can. If a door is hot to the touch, don’t open it.
  • If you saw the explosion or any suspicious behaviour, tell the police.
  • If the event occured near/close to you, carefully but thoroughly check your body for injuries.

 After an Incident

  • Help others with first aid if it’s safe to do so. Tell the police if you saw anything that might be useful.

Source: British Red Cross

 

Do not hesitate to reach out to us at {email] and [phone number] in case of an emergency.

 

Sincerely,

 

The NNNGO Security in the Field Team

POLICING AND CIVIC SPACE

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Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens. This includes the right to life; the right to dignity of human persons; the right to freedom of expression and the press; the right to peaceful assembly and association; right to freedom of movement; among others1.

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Rights 1995 (as amended) in line with Resolution 48/134 of the United Nations General Assembly which enjoins all member states to establish independent National Institutions for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights. The Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the respect and enjoyment of human rights. It also provides avenues for public enlightenment, research, and dialogue to raise awareness on Human Rights issues2.

 

Globally, Nigeria is a member of the United Nations (UN) and as such, is subject to the scrutiny of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) under the UN Human Rights Council3. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, the Nigerian civic space is currently rated as Repressed4.

 

This means that the democratic freedoms of Nigerian citizens in relation to the freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association are significantly constrained.

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Policies to Strengthen Civil Society at the Sub-national Level.

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Establishing a civil society organisation (CSOs) as a founder or manager, involves choosing between being an incorporated entity registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) or unincorporated under the Freedom of Association, as guaranteed by the Constitution. But recent years have seen new difficulties for CSOs, in the form of challenges to registration at the state level. Organisations working with women, children and youths, interested in working with government at the sub-national level are required to register with relevant Ministries.

 

Other emerging challenges are those around the legitimacy of civil society sector itself. Organisations within the sector are said to ignore their vision and mission, abuse their nonprofit status and have had their accountability and transparency questioned, hence, the need for more regulations. For individuals working in the civil society sector and interested in bringing development to the doorsteps of the common man, these allegations are extremely concerning.

 

Given its commitment to strengthening civil society regulations across the country, the Nigeria Network of NGOs, and the European Union Agent’s for Citizen-Driven Transformation Programme (EU-ACT) project have given a high priority to understanding civil society regulations at the sub-national level and offer policy alternatives to enabling the operations of CSOs at the sub-national level.

 

The Challenge

Civil society’s relevance to our nation is too important, and its potential contributions to national development, too valuable to allow it to be relegated to the background.

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The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organisations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. 

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