Author: Oluseyi Oyebisi

Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi to give keynote at NNNGO’s 15th Annual Conference

Lagos, Nigeria, 05 October 2015/– The Nigeria Network of NGOs (www.nnngo.org ) will host the 15th annual NNNGO conference in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 December 2015.

The conference will bring together not-for-profit organisations working in Nigeria to discuss topics ranging from NGO regulations, to the importance of a self regulatory framework and the necessity of adequate compliance mechanisms on NGO regulations in Nigeria. Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, former first lady and one of the 20 most influential African women on the continent as named by New African Magazine will give a keynote address centred on theme of the conference ‘’global good practices in NGO regulations’’.

Nigeria Network of NGOs’ Executive Director Oyebisi Oluseyi said ‘’we are honoured to have Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi join us at the 15th annual conference of the Network, she is an industry expert with years of experience, working within civil society, government, donor community and multilateral organisations, her experience will be useful to the theme of the conference’’ The 15th annual NNNGO conference offers huge potential for the growth of the not-for-profit sector in Nigeria including opportunities for participants to network, share experience and showcase their work.

Some participants already confirmed for the conference include:

Abia North Industrial Development Initiative | Olumide Emmanuel Foundation | HillCity Foundation | African Youth Animation Network | Dynamic Women International Association | Global Community Health Foundation | Education for all initiative | Dewdrops Care Development Foundation | Dahiel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial (DOAM) Foundation| The Irede Foundation | Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA) | Less privileged children Encouragement Initiative | Reconciliation Trainers Africa (RETA) | Sesôr Empowerment Foundation | Steps to Life Nigeria |Centre for Citizens Emancipation and Empowerment (CFCEE) | Global Healthplus Initiative | All Nigeria United Nations Students and Youths Association ( ANUNSA) | Women’s Board – ECS | Morgan Smart Development Foundation.| Sanitation and Hygiene Education Initiative | Hope Builders Skill Devp & Acq. Foundation | Dove Generation International Youths Organisation | Association of Women Professional Financial Managers (AWPFM) | Centre for Alternative, Development and Self-Enhancement | The Youth Future Savers Initiative | Act Of Random Kindness Foundation International | Women & Children’s Rights Development Centre (WOCHRID) | Community Women Progressive Association | Apiri Hallowed Foundation | Life-Skills Initiative For Youth Empowerment And Development | Global Hindu Charity Foundation (GHCF) | Glorious Child of Hope Foundation | Foster Paradise Orphanage

Oyebisi noted further that ‘’the long term growth of the Nigerian 3rd sector space ultimately depends on an effective self regulation mechanism backed by adequate legislation. There is so much energy around NGO regulations in our county at the moment, one which can and should be tapped into by both government and the civil society community. That is why we are so committed to engaging with government and NGO stakeholders, to share a vision of a potentially self regulatory environment for Nigerian NGOs’’

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FfD 3: Global Day of Action Round Up

FROM Egbeda, Maryland, Yaba to Akoka in Lagos, Ita Fia in Osogbo through to Bannet Plaza in Abuja and Dugbe Alawo in Ibadan, the Nigeria Network of NGOs FfD mobilisation team were at public places in these areas where we sensitised Nigerians on the FfD process and asked them in joining their voices with ours to call on ‘’our government and other world leaders to Finance the Future by taking action in the days, weeks and months ahead’’

Interested citizens had the opportunity of posing for pictures while holding a board with the inscription ‘’we call on our government and other world leaders to Finance the Future by taking action in the days, weeks and months ahead’’ those who are camera shy or who do not want their face to be seen can then use the board to cover their face. Flyers explaining what the FfD is and the global day of action were produced and circulated with 5000 copies distributed in Lagos, Osogbo, Ibadan and Abuja.

The Global Day of Action would not have ended well without some ‘’shakiti bobo and shoki dance steps at the Action 2015 National Coalition’s day of action with 15 year olds. The floor was shaking and the room was filled with fun as celebrities and children added their voices to the call on world leaders to ‘’finance our future’’. Declarations by children and speeches by different speakers also graced the day.

Asked what she is taking away from the meeting, a 15 year old said ‘’I know my future is now being planned and I will monitor it, I will also tell my parents not steal from my future’’. Also in attendance at the event are our colleagues from the media.

In improving the domestic resources mobilisation component of the financing plan, we encourage the African Government to support goals and targets aimed at increasing efforts of African Governments to strengthen tax systems by taxing ‘’justly and spending fairly’’ Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, National Focal Point, action2015 Nigeria stated while addressing newsmen at the event.

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.

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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 (www.nnngo.org ) 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 http://nnngo.org/the-yemisi-ransome-kuti-leadership-award/ and http://nnngo.org/executive-mentoring-and-coaching-for-nigerian-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. 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. www.nnngo.org

Executive Mentoring and Coaching for Nigerian NGOs

Background

The success of the Nigerian NGO sector depends substantially on the quality of its leadership. The communities we serve vary widely and are rapidly changing. In these extraordinary times of constant change, Nigerian NGOs must be able to exercise effective leadership at both the organizational and community level. Not-for-profits in Nigeria must therefore equip themselves with a talent pool of capable leaders who are skilful, creative, forward thinking and efficient.

The Nigeria Network of NGO’s Executive Mentoring and Coaching initiative is 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. This initiative aims to through mentoring and coaching facilitate exclusive learning opportunities for NGO leaders in order to influence their organizational mission accomplishment, outcomes and operational strategies.

Over the course of the year, NNNGO will attach NGOs to carefully selected professionals locally and abroad who will mentor and coach Nigerian NGOs. The initiative will also feature specifically designed leadership learning resources, engagement with thought leaders to develop solutions to organizational and sectoral challenges, and the promotion of peer connectedness.

Process

Mentees are selected from the NNNGO membership and attached to well sought-out sector leaders who are professionals and brands in their own rights. For a period of 3 months, 10 selected NGOs will undergo direct mentoring and coaching including visits by Mentors to their offices where possible. Workshops and thought leadership seminars will also form a part of the mentoring and coaching process. The first batch of this initiative is expected to start in June and end in August. The 2nd batch is expected to be from October to December 2015.

Criteria

Participants in the mentoring and coaching programme will be leaders of small and medium sized NGOs within the membership of the Nigeria Network of NGOs. We will aim, through this initiative to build a pool of NGO leaders who represent the diversity of our sector spanning a range of gender-based, geographic and organizational characteristics. Participants demonstrate that they can exercise leadership in a range of contexts.

The selection criteria will encompass the following:

1. Be employed as Senior Executive or Founder of a NNNGO member organization at the time of application
2. Be available to participate in all elements of the program
3. Participant organization must have an established track record of impact and contribution to the community or sector they serve
4. Demonstrate a commitment to advancing personal growth and development
5. Commit to send to NNNGO a monthly report detailing their experience within the programme

Selection Process

In order to ensure equal opportunity a strict deadline for the submission of applications will be enforced. An online application form will be created and circulated widely amongst the NNNGO membership. Applications will be reviewed by the NNNGO Secretariat with the support of carefully selected sector leaders. Only selected participants will be contacted directly. The selection committee will be lead by NNNGO’s Membership Manager. NNNGO’s Executive Director will not play any role in the selection process.

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Report from the African regional workshop on Protecting Civic Space

Report from the African regional workshop on Protecting Civic Space

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted 47 African heads of state in Washington, DC on August 4-6, 2014 for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Civil society’s contributions to development and the trend of closing civic space in Africa were among the topics addressed during side events such as the Civil Society Forum. Convening a regional workshop focused on protecting civic space was among the key recommendations coming out of the Forum.

Participants in the Forum identified the need to deepen conversations, foster collaboration among key actors and to translate broader principles into actionable strategies for protecting civic space.  To  address  this,  the  co-conveners held  an  African  regional  workshop  on  “Protecting  Civic Space” on November 17-18, 2014 at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The workshop included 48  participants,  including  19  African civil society representatives from 14 countries in East, West, Central and Southern Africa and 9 Africans representing international organizations and donor agencies. One third of workshop participants  are  women.  Participants were chosen based on their knowledge of key issue areas, experience  in  mobilizing civil society, history of  engaging with government actors, influence on other civil society actors within their own  countries  and  the  region,  and  success  in  defending  and/or  expanding  civic  space.

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Next president and post-2015 development agenda

Culled from Punch Newspaper: http://www.punchng.com/opinion/next-president-and-post-2015-development-agenda/

FOR nearly 15 years, Nigerians watched their government at the federal, state and local government levels as it makes efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Set in 2000, the MDGs are globally accepted development frameworks aimed at achieving eight important goals, the first of which is the reduction of poverty by half by 2015. Read More

Poll: Majority of Civil Society Organizations have Confidence in Professor Jega

Poll: Majority of Civil Society Organizations have Confidence in Professor Jega

(NNNGO)- A new NNNGO poll shows many civil society organizations still have confidence in Professor Attahiru Jega’s leadership to deliver a free and fair election come March and April 2015?. These results come as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the general elections few days to the initially announced date of 14th and 28th February 2015.

The poll, conducted February 9-24, 2015, found 73% of the respondents still have confidence in the leadership of Professor Jega to conduct free and fair elections following the postponement of elections; only 27% had no confidence in his leadership. 58% of respondents to the survey responded as an organization while another 42% responded in their individual capacity.

According to NNNGO’s Executive Director, Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi, ‘’it is important to gauge civil society’s confidence in INEC and its leadership as we go through a defining moment in our democratic experience as a Nation’’. The poll has served to feel the pulse of civil society organizations across the country in form of a straw poll.

The poll was conducted by the NNNGO research team online. Respondents where asked to answer ‘’yes’’ or ‘’no’’ to this question: ‘’Given the recent election postponement by INEC, do you have confidence in INEC under Professor Attahiru Jega’s leadership to deliver a free and fair election come March and April 2015?’’

Outcomes of this poll clearly shows us the direction the wind of confidence in INEC and its leadership is blowing amongst civil society organizations in Nigeria concluded Oyebisi.

Deadline Extended: Get listed in the Directory of Nigerian NGOs

The Nigeria Network of NGOs with the support of the European Union and ACTED within the framework of the project to support Networks in West and Central Africa is producing a directory of NGOs in Nigeria which is to be published in print and online and distributed widely amongst all development stakeholders.

This is a unique opportunity to get your organization listed. Please visit http://bit.ly/1zCwxiL to complete the NGO directory form. Deadline for completing the online form is now 27th February 2015 by 5pm.

Please circulate widely amongst your contacts.