Learn how the Nigeria Network of NGOs is helping its members and nonprofits with Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Author: Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO)

OUR IMMEDIATE THINKING TO THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT

NGO, religious organisation regulation bill smuggled into CAMA 2020

In reaction to the article in the link above, OUR IMMEDIATE THINKING:

While we must guide against the abuse of this section of the law, a regulator should have the powers to suspend while investigations on gross misconduct are ongoing. These are regulatory best practices.
See: https://www.acnc.gov.au/raise-concern/concerns-about-charities/what-acnc-can-investigate
https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-charity and https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/complaints/investigations

For example the case of rape in a Church or Nonprofit. The ideal thing would have been for the Board of the organisation to step in, suspend the pastor then investigate. Where this has not happened, the regulator would step in and take necessary steps to address the situation part of which will be to suspend at first, investigate and reinstate where possible.

In our immediate thinking, you cannot be a judge in your own case especially when complaints of gross misconducts are brought against you. That section of the law was clear on what grounds the suspension can happen. The section quoted also noted that this cannot be done without the approval of the Minister.

With nonprofits activities coming under public scrutiny and demand for transparency and accountability. We think this section of the law is an important milestone for addressing misconduct in our sector and addressing concerns by external stakeholders including the National Assembly.

We must all work with the Corporate Affairs Commission to ensure that regulations emanating from the law captures a) how investigations will be carried out, b) issues that can be investigated by the Commission and examples/typology of cases that fall under gross-misconduct, c) proportionality and appropriateness of sanctions and penalty, d) appeal processes including how as a sector we prevent abuse of such clauses through regulatory performance frameworks and oversight.

NNNGO is Honoured to Provide the research and advocacy that led to the passage of the Part F of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

NNNGO is Honoured to Provide the research and advocacy that led to the passage of the Part F of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

Statement attributable to:
Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs

 

ABOUT NNNGO

Dedicated to improving the operational environment for nonprofits, NNNGO brings together more than 2,700 nonprofits from around the country focused on education, health, environment, gender, agriculture, social protection, youth, poverty, good governance and other areas of progressing national development. Since 1992, NNNGO has worked to advance the common interests of the sector, providing programs that advance civil society legitimacy, transparency, and accountability. For more information, visit www.nnngo.org

Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

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As a Network of 2,754 organisations, spread across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the Nigeria Network of NGOs finds it imperative to understand the sector’s reaction to the virus, how factors that have arisen due to the global crisis is impeding our work and what must be done to ensure that our beneficiaries continue to enjoy the services that we provide.

The Nonprofit Covid19 Survey was conducted on 250 organisations with responses were garnered from 115 organisations across the 6 geo-political zones of the country. Our gratitude to these organisations for responding to our telephone calls at an exceedingly difficult time.

For the Network and the sector as a whole, this report is intended to aid programming and how we respond to helping nonprofit organisations to build back better. We will pay attention to the actions requested of us by our members and ensure we address them for the benefit of the sector as a whole. We will continue gathering insights and information on the nonprofit sector including how we are supporting the fight against the coronavirus and navigating the crisis.

A copy of the report is available for download here (837kb) Nonprofit Covid19 Survey

NNNGO Launches Covid-19 State Action Tracker

NNNGO Launches Covid-19 State Action Tracker

Nigeria Network of NGOs announces today the launching of covid19.nnngo.org, a portal, dubbed “Covid19 State Action Tracker” that has been devoted to capturing data on state governments’ actions in containing spread of the COVID-19 disease across the 36 states of Nigeria. The portal was developed to increase citizens’ understanding and awareness of measures undertaken by governments in various states in relation to the pandemic, allowing for better tracking of governments’ activities and citizens’ reception to these measures in this period.

About the Tracker

The Covid19 State Action Tracker features a dashboard which contains; “Elements”, “Tables” along with “Charts” menus. Each of these menus open up into pages; that allow for visitors to find answers to COVID-19 related questions, provide detailed information on state datasets, including a map integration which gives a quick snapshot of real time statistics and live feeds from each state. These features, unique to the portal allow for easy accessibility to real time data specific to covid19 measures as circulated by each state government and are updated daily to capture new developments across different states as soon as they are announced.

 

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With the help of this new portal, we are hoping to offer a particular resource, where citizens and citizen organisations can use information in the tracker to plan their travel, events and comply with measures on assembly and gatherings in ways that stop the spread of the virus.

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   said Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

“It helps us as citizens to do a better job of being involved in the affairs of our country especially as the COVID-19 disease affects everyone and we must all come together to ensure it is contained. What we have done with the portal is to make information accessible to all individuals so that together we can track the measures our governments are undertaking to keep us safe, including using this information to plan our lives”, he added.

The NNNGO State Action Covid19 Tracker was developed by the IT team of the Network led by Matthew Afolabi who commented, “What makes this project particularly important for us is that it allows us to use technology for practical purposes and do good at the same time”. Adeola Odunsi, who led research for the project also noted, “The tracker serves as a credible hub of information on measures taken by government in this period and being able to use the data gotten from it for everyday purposes is admirable”

The portal features a public update button that allows visitors to provide updates and recommendations which can be uploaded to the site after a thorough review. Activities are underway to develop an advanced portal to cater for data capturing at the National level to track federal government’s measures in relation to the spread of the disease.

This publication is produced by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

CALL FOR APPLICATION

CALL FOR APPLICATION

If you have the experience and would like to join a busy team to support nonprofit sector organisations across the country, we have exciting opportunities for you. Full details of the position can be found in the scope of works on this page; simply click on the positions that interest you and get more information. The link to the application form is at the end of this page.

Scope of Work: Design e-learning portal https://bit.ly/36VcdOC

Scope of Work: Design who-is-who website: https://bit.ly/3dtkPOK

Job Description: Monitoring and Evaluation Lead: https://bit.ly/36SODly

Closing date: Monday 15 June 2020 at 5pm

Women and persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Click here to apply: http://bit.ly/nnngoemploymentform

 

Information on Grants

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Dear Members,

 As we await that time when the COVID-19 pandemic turns a curve and we can return to our normal activities, we implore you to stay strong and continue to support one another by adhering to governments’ directives on social distancing, hand washing and other preventive measures against the spread of the disease. 

As nonprofits, we encourage that you remain on guard and strengthen your systems especially against entities that may pose threats to the integrity and accountability of your organisations during this pandemic. We have taken the time to produce an advisory document based on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) standards. Please download here . Stay Safe!

AML/CFT ADVISORY FOR NONPROFITS ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC

Countries all over the world are working effortlessly to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues that have arisen as a result. At a time like this when critical relief is needed in the country and beyond, nonprofits must safeguard the integrity and accountability of their operations by complying with the Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) standards, to address the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Nonprofits must recognise the increasing rates of fraudulent activities and particularly the vulnerability of the sector to being taken advantage of by criminals during this period. We must, therefore, put measures in place to strengthen our systems to quickly identify suspicious activities by entities who may want to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in money laundering and other illicit activities such as fundraising for sham nonprofits, offering fraudulent opportunities, cybercrimes, medical scams, exploiting people among others.

Download here AML-CFT

 

Remarks on International Workers’ Day

Remarks on International Workers’ Day

01 May 2020

 

Today has a particularly important meaning for us as individuals working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector. As we reflect on our contributions to the country, our efforts in helping to curb the spread of Covid-19 and maintain support to the vulnerable population whom we traditionally serve, I am grateful to the hardworking men and women who work in the sector, earning next to nothing, under very tight working conditions, deadlines and lean resources to give hope to millions of people in communities across the country.

As one who has worked all his life in the sector, starting as a volunteer and gradually moving up the ladder into full staff, I understand first-hand the goodwill that comes with working with nonprofit organisations as well as the downsides. That is why as part of my work in the coming months, I will be convening a nonprofit staff forum to discuss issues you face and create together some fun-filled activities to celebrate our work and the value we bring to the development landscape in Nigeria and across the world.

Certainly, it will take a while for our world to return to normal. More than ever before, we will now need a more dedicated and resilient workforce that will help deliver post-Covid responses across the country alongside our normal programming before the pandemic.

I hope I can count on you to stay safe and committed to bringing development to the doorsteps of the common man.

Thank you for all you do!

Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic will have implications for nonprofits as well their staff members, volunteers, interns and beneficiaries. We have therefore, put together this practical guidance to help nonprofits cope and think through their operations during the pandemic. This document responds to some of the common challenges we see nonprofits facing. Download here Covid 19 Nonprofit Advisory

Press Release- Call for a Total Lock-down of the Nation

Press Release- Call for a Total Lock-down of the Nation

Lagos, Nigeria, March 27, 2020

 

Amid the current COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria—the Nigeria Network of NGOs is following with appreciation, the efforts of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Government, Private Sector, Philanthropists and Civil Society Organisations to curb the spread of the virus.

The members of the Network welcomes encouraging developments coming from the handling of the outbreak including the measures being taken by governments at the sub-national level and recognises that this represents a significant step towards ending the pandemic. Members also welcomed the measures being considered by the Federal Government as announced by the Minister of Information and Culture on March 26, 2020.

With the current status of the world right now and the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, this is the right time for Nigeria to enforce a total lock-down. We are increasingly concerned about the impact a further delay in locking down the country could have on the spread of the disease considering our weak healthcare system.

Understanding that measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic must be properly weighed and taken seriously, following stakeholder-wide consultations with its members, experts, thought leaders, trends analysis and results of an opinion poll, the Nigeria Network of NGOs encourages the Federal Government of Nigeria to consider a total lock-down of the country for 14 days.

We understand the impact a lock-down would have on the vulnerable and under-served communities. However, this is a decision that prioritizes citizens’ welfare, safety and social responsibility. The resulting scenario from a lack of timely decision to implement a total lock-down could be seen from ongoing spread of the outbreak in the United States and Britain—world powers with better healthcare systems.

In times like this, our resilience as citizens will come to the fore as can be seen from our history. When the spread is curtailed, we must now as a nation prioritise our national identity management and banking system including a robust social protection floor to capture as many citizens as possible and address the fallout from the pandemic.

 

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About the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

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.  For 28 years, we have worked to give non-profits in the country the needed support to keep their doors open and to serve millions of communities, families, individuals and variety of causes that critically need their intervention. www.nnngo.org

 

For further information:

Oyindamola Aramide

oyindamola.aramide@nnngo.org

+234 706 516 0956

 

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