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

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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. Through its civil society reforms and strengthening programme, it has constructively engaged regulators and the National Assembly on laws guiding the operations of civil society organisations to improve the operational environment for nonprofits including improving the sector’s transparency and accountability.


With the support of Google.org, the Network is currently embarking on a project to build the capacity of nonprofits in Nigeria. It is aimed at addressing the findings (capacity gaps) identified in the Nonprofit Assessment research undertaken by the Nigeria Network of NGOs including the building of digital skills by nonprofit board, executive directors and staff.


NNNGO is therefore soliciting interest from experienced facilitators in the nonprofit sector (preferably Executive Directors), to work with the Network in training nonprofit board, Executive Directors and staff, in her events.


Scope of Work
The facilitator will work with NNNGO team to carry train nonprofits on three key events viz- Executive Director’s hangout, nonprofit management training and a board conference.
Specifically, the key areas for the events are:

i. Executive Directors hangout: interested facilitators should have experience in Leading nonprofit, Organisational concerns (such as staffing issues, board management, organisational management, time management, planning and strategy, fundraising and succession planning).

ii. Nonprofit management training: the facilitator should have broad insights on key current management issues for nonprofit organisations. Strategic planning, work planning, budgeting, communications, nonprofit friendly digital tools, skills and apps, reporting-narrative and financial management.

iii. Board conference: practical tips will be provided on nonprofit governance- board job description, terms of reference and ways of working, board governance codes and standards, understanding nonprofit audits and measuring the executive director’s performance.

Output and Deliverables
The facilitator will work with the NNNGO team in producing the following key deliverables:

i. A power point presentation and tools on related topic

ii. Delivery of training based on the power point presentations.

iii. A report on the event

iv. Analysis of an end of event evaluation survey

Duration and Time Schedule
The facilitator can only work in one location of an event, and it is expected to indicate an area of interest that can be handled properly. The events will take place from March through July.

Location and Dates for the events
i. Executive Director’s Hangout
Lagos: March 17, 2021
Kano: April 14, 2021
Benin: April 20, 2021

ii. Nonprofit Management Training
Port-Harcourt: May 3 – 7, 2021
Abuja: May 23 – 27, 2021
Ibadan: June 14 – 16, 2021

iii. Nonprofit Board Conference
Lagos: July 15, 2021

The facilitator shall report through the Project Officer to the Executive Director on the assignment and on all other logistics until the deliverables are submitted as required.

The facilitator should have vast knowledge and experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably an executive director or top civil society personnel with experience on:

i. Leading a nonprofit

ii. Governance strategy and structure

iii. Human resource, personnel and management

iv. Project management, monitoring and evaluation

v. Funding and organizational sustainability

vi. Use of technology

Application Process
Interested individuals should complete this form and upload a copy of their Curriculum Vitae by March 12, 2021.

For further clarification, you may contact:
Chidinma Okpara at: chidinma.okpara@nnngo.org

To Apply, click on the link below


Experiences, Learning and Recommendations Report on Peaceful Protests

Experiences, Learning and Recommendations Report on Peaceful Protests

Experiences, Learning and Recommendations Report on Peaceful Protests-CASE STUDY: ENDSARS Protests

(ENDSARS Protests )One of the pillars of a modern participatory democracy is the respect for freedom of expression and assembly
— a key indicator of a governments respect for human rights and fundamental principles. To exercise
their freedom of expression and assembly, Nigerians (mostly young people) in October 2020 took to the
streets to express their grievances against police brutality, claiming their rights on an issue that has raged for
years. These protests swept across the country and the globe.


What occurred over the course of 14 days (11 to 25 October) resulted in the loss of lives, vandalization of public assets and private properties, huge economic losses, mass arrests and disruption of normal activities of government and businesses. These disturbances had a profound impact not only on the citizens of Nigeria but on public confidence in political leaders, agencies of government, business, and the police as well. In many cases as will be analysed in this report, political leaders, security forces, businesses and civil society responded in a manner that profoundly undermines fundamental human rights in ways that led to escalations in violence through unwarranted, inappropriate, or disproportionate uses of force(ENDSARS Protests).

(ENDSARS Protests)The organising around the protests were massive. Although the protests were largely peaceful in its early days, we saw organised violent attacks, protesters with opposing views, organic fundraising, spontaneous leaderless movement, promoted and managed through social media. Unlike in the past when large-scale protests and demonstrations were planned by labour and civil right groups, the demonstrations against police brutality with theme ENDSARS (Soro Soke) saw “organised civil society” playing a cheer leader or no role at all. Protesters were unwilling to talk or dialogue with the police or authorities in government—complicating the efforts of political leaders in maintaining public safety

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ENDSARS Protests in Nigeria




The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) took nonprofit leaders and civil society actors, across the country, on a resourceful exploration of digital rights, trends and techniques to engender a digitally robust future for the sector.


On Wednesday September 9, 2020, an hybrid (online and offline) workshop was organized in Ibadan, Oyo state by the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) with funding support from the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) to discuss, share experience on the theme: “Cyber/Digital Laws and Policies, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and other Digital Technologies, Impact Nonprofit operations in Nigeria”. The event was imperative as it provided a platform to create awareness and increase nonprofit knowledge about pertinent issues relating to technological use for civic space growth against the backdrop of technological advancements which impact all sectors in Nigeria.

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NNNGO hosts Female-Led Conference on Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Nigerian Civic Space.

NNNGO hosts Female-Led Conference on Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Nigerian Civic Space.

On December 8, 2020 the Nigeria Network of NGOs supported by International Centre for Not-For-Profit Law organized an all-female led conference to; commemorate the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, encourage female participation in technology while also highlighting the importance of nonprofit awareness and knowledge in relation to technological advancement and Artificial Intelligence.


The 60-minute hybrid event, hosted on zoom with over 70 participants was live-streamed on FRCN stations across the country in a bid to reach not just the wider civil society community but citizens at large, thus, providing a platform to discuss the implications of technology for the Nigerian civil society and the need to incorporate its use in nonprofit work in a way that enables civic space especially in an era inundated by AI techniques.


Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, board member and founding Executive Director of the Network, in her keynote remarks welcomed participants and noted “As change makers, we the opportunity to think through our work and how the technology of AI can aid the work we do and challenges it presents”. She also stressed the need to facilitate conversations in a way that empowers females and sets the tone for better society, one that respects the rights of everyone and discourages gender-based violence.


Facilitators which included female top-executives and policy analysts in the areas of technology, Artificial Intelligence and digital rights spoke on the need for civil society organisations to drive policy and regulation of AI techniques globally. Chenai Chair, a digital policy researcher with World Wide Web Foundation said, “Nonprofits have a duty to steer the conversation of AI and digital rights from a social impact angle and bring to fore the issues of marginalized groups which include women, the poor and hard to reach societies”. She added that nonprofits must ensure that they become curious enough about technology such that they become intrigued about how AI techniques can help create solutions to age-old problems experienced within our society and civic space.


Emma Amaral, a policy analyst with the Centre for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada, emphasized the need for civil society to pay attention to how governments use AI. She noted, “We must make sure the approaches of government and industries around the world to developing and governing AI, uphold and reinforce national values and international priorities such as diversity, equality and inclusion”.


The third speaker, Francesca Fanussi, an International Lawyer with the European Centre for Not-For-Profit Law called on Nigerian nonprofit organisations to take a proactive step in developing AI strategies saying; “When it comes to national AI strategies, we must ensure what is developed safeguards fundamental rights and freedoms- we must therefore agree as civil society organisations what we consider ideal for our society and work with government to achieve that”


“The Covid19 pandemic has shown that the internet is no longer a luxury but a lifeline” said Onica Makwakwa, Head of Africa, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation. She added that the Nigeria broadband policy sets a new standard for the continent but there is need to work more closely with marginalized groups to ensure affordable and accessible internet. She therefore called on government and other stakeholders to commit funding to the implementation of affordable internet in Nigeria.


Participants were encouraged to not simply raise awareness about technology or AI techniques within civic space alone but to also engage government in conversations that show active participation in development of strategies, legislation and policies around technology. Civil society must be included in the implementation of the human right impact assessment envisaged in the long term by the government of their country.


The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) represents nonprofits, think tanks, coalitions, associations, foundations and other non-state actors dedicated to delivering development to grassroots communities and the vulnerable across the country in the fields of 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 nonprofit sector, providing programs that advance national development, civil society legitimacy, transparency, accountability with the inclusion of technology affordability and accessibility.


Guide on Data Protection for Nonprofits

Guide on Data Protection for Nonprofits

Civil society organisations collects a lot of personal data such as names, addresses, emails, telephone numbers, website addresses, social media handles and posts. These data are mostly collected from beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, donors, vendors, board and individuals who are only interested in receiving information (newsletters) about what your organisation does.


In developing the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), it is clear that the regulators were not thinking about nonprofits, their primary target seem to be companies in the business of collecting data however a further analysis of the broad scope of the rules capture almost any organisation who touches or processes data.


When linked with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which by extension have implications for the work of nonprofits. The GDPR defines personal data as “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”. It applies to any organisation that collects the data of EU residents, irrespective of whether payment is required.


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insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

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 25 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. As of June 2017, we have a membership of over 2,400 organisations. In 2016 alone, 442 of these
organisations had a combined budget estimate of over 1billion Naira (N1, 033, 000,000)

This document concentrates on the amendments our membership is suggesting to the Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). These suggestions are informed by the NNNGO’s specialist knowledge of the non-profit sector as well as by non-state actors who deliver development outcomes to communities throughout the Federation.

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Regulatory compliance has a major impact on the legitimacy, transparency, and accountability of the nonprofit sector. While there is now a review of the legal framework guiding the operations of organisations within the civil society sector, we need to understand if the sector, can comply and how they are responding through an assessment of their readiness and resources.

The survey provides insights into the trends occurring within the sector to help policymakers and nonprofit actors consider how they might best respond. As conversations on the review of CAMA unfolds, with changing rules and demands on organisations, it is increasingly clear we need to know what is happening with the sectors ability to comply and areas where its capacity needs to be strengthened.

The survey was completed between 30th May and 23rd September. This generated responses from 258 organisations across 4 regions (North Central, South West, North West and South East) of the country.

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What We Heard on Part F of CAMA

What We Heard on Part F of CAMA


More than three weeks ago, on August 17, 2020 precisely, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Bill into law. Trailing the President’s assent are various comments for and against some sections of the Act drawing considerable attention from the media, civil society sector, the private sector, and public alike.


As the Nigeria Network of NGOs, we sought to better understand how citizens and citizens-led organisations are interpreting the law. We engaged different stakeholders in the nonprofit sector and collated their opinions on shaping the future of nonprofit regulation through the Part F of CAMA. Through this exercise, we identified key trends, which we anticipate will significantly impact the implementation of CAMA in ways that cannot be ignored.

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Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)

Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)


Through a survey of Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) members and the wider civil society community in Nigeria, launched between July and August 2020, we sought to capture COVID-19 related support that civil society organisations gave to communities across the country.

We wanted to hear from them how much they spent in Naira terms between March and June 2020, in which State and Local Government area, activities they spent on and group of beneficiaries. We were interested in hearing first-hand information how their support offered hope and resilience.

We received and analysed 132 responses from a range of organisations in 31 States of the Federation. This summary shows an analysis of their responses and identifies the significant role that nonprofits are playing in the nation’s response to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

It is a matter of deep concern that security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lekki and other parts of the country on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 after repeated assurances by the government on the rights of citizens to peaceful protests. The barbaric and unconstructive approach to keeping protesters off the streets by the Nigerian government is even more regrettable at a time when citizens’ trust in the ability of government to address their concerns is at its lowest.

We are deeply concerned by the “military operation” at the Lekki tollgate. We call on President Buhari to reign in all security forces under his control as we do not expect this action from a nation that prides itself as a member of the Community of Democracies. The use of force has undermined the stability of the country, bringing back bad memories of the military era.

We maintain our position that the right to peaceful protest in a democracy is guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and must always be respected. The recent breach of this right is unacceptable and truly disappointing. We want to be clear that the Lagos State and Federal Government of Nigeria will be held responsible for the death of innocent citizens expressing their legitimate displeasure at police brutality that has existed for far too long without meaningful action, on the part of government to address the issue before now.

We continue to urge all the 36 State Governors and Federal Government to ensure the timely release of all protesters, treatment of all wounded protesters, protection of lives and properties. We reaffirm the call by the civil society community across the country and globally on the need to investigate this act we have termed “crime against humanity”. The Federal Government under whose control the military operates must establish a mechanism to identify perpetrators of the heinous act at the Lekki tollgate and across the country. Accountability in this instance is crucial.