The Harmonized Nonprofit Code of Conduct

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.

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.

How The National Census Will Boost Widows Welfare in Nigeria

How The National Census Will Boost Widows Welfare in Nigeriaphranklin Audu, Executive Director, HOGWIN (Member organization – Nigeria Network of NGOs)

The announcement by the Federal Government to conduct a national population census has since been met with mixed feelings. While some question the timing, others simply express concerns about the budget, especially at a time when the nation is obviously grappling with a severe financial dilemma. These concerns mainly push the argument that given the huge financial strain following the just concluded general elections that cost over 350 billion naira, conducting a population census barely a few weeks after the elections which require another 869 billion naira would certainly dent huge financial pressure on the already depleted financial status of the federation. Earlier in the year, it was reported that the Federal Government planned to establish a basket fund to collect donations for the 2023 national census.

The United Nations estimates the global population of widows at 258 million while stating that one in ten of these widows live in extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, while there are no actual verifiable statistics, some put Nigeria’s widow population at between 15-21 million. Given the recent spate of insecurity, increased rate of banditry, and communal attacks, with the military highly engaged in quelling this unrest across Nigeria, these figures may be far less than the actual. These deadly conflicts are undoubtedly leaving behind a tragic cohort of widows who may often have the fewest defenses against the hardships of crises but remain almost invisible and neglected in many societies.

Although the Violence against prohibitions of Persons (VAPP)Law was passed recently, not too many states have done much to domesticate this law particularly where it affects the protection of widows in local communities. In some cultures, widows are required to spend days in isolation, drink the bath water of their dead husbands, and undergo certain inhumane conditions to prove their innocence upon the demise of their husbands.  Many cultures confer culpability on the widow and therefore subject them to harsh trials during the period of mourning. In many African cultures, a widow has no right to inheritance. She is in fact considered an asset to be inherited by her late husband’s family. She is therefore stripped of her human dignity and all economic means.

Around the world, cultural practices and legal barriers can mean that widows are cut off from pensions and unable to inherit money or property. Generally, single-mother families and single older women are particularly at risk of poverty, while many widows experience stigma and gender-based violence. If Nigeria is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, then we cannot afford to leave widows behind.

It is new very necessary to invest in expanded gender-responsive public services and universal social protection, such as cash transfers and social pensions, so widows are not left destitute, and to overturn the discriminatory laws and policies that strip widows of equal inheritance, pension, and property rights. We believe that the national census will help to collect quality data on widows’ lives, track progress and create accountability, and ensure that women have access to full and meaningful participation as well as leadership roles so that widows’ rights can be brought into decision-making spaces.

In many cases, widows are left to their immediate society or well-spirited individuals to depend on for their survival. Widowhood being a natural consequence of death, is unfortunately treated with so much bias and indignity. As such widows often become victims of social stigmatization. While it is clearly established that widowhood is a natural experience, sadly not too many economic planners consider this necessary but significant members of society in their economic planning. We believe that the 2023 national population census gives Nigeria the opportunity to lead the charge in shaping the path for economic planning to cater appropriately to widows as vital members of her national population. The national population census offers the opportunity for governments at national and subnational levels to focus on this vulnerable demography while planning adequately for their well-being, and social and economic reintegration into society. It is important that national action plans include actions to count, map, and profile widows so that their needs are addressed, and they have access to restorative justice, support, pensions, and resettlement. One wonders how there can ever be meaningful development, reconciliation, justice, an end to violence against women, and sustainable peace without the inclusion of widows.

Hands of God Widows Support Initiative (HOGWIN) calls on well-meaning Nigerians to support the government as it plans to conduct the national headcount. We believe that this also helps work towards better planning and recognition of the underserved and underrepresented in our society. We also encourage development partners to continue to provide technical support toward ensuring an equitable and just society where resources are evenly distributed across all strata of the economy regardless of status

Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust

We remember a Brave Doctor who lost her life fighting on the Frontline.

From HIV/AIDS to Bird Flu to Measles to Ebola and to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to several other contagious diseases, the world continues to witness countless heroes – emerging daily, putting their lives on the line to save others.

One of these heroes is Nigeria’s own who worked tirelessly to care for those affected by the virus that crept into Nigeria in 2014. Unfortunately, she fell victim to the very illness she was fighting. EBOLA!

The heroic doctor who diagnosed and contained Nigeria’s first case of Ebola in 2014, prevented a major outbreak and saved millions of lives.

Her name – Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.  Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was more than just a doctor, she was a true hero in the face of adversity. Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh dedicated her life to saving mankind.

By way of her selflessness, courage, and unwavering dedication to her patients, these conjoined abilities have inspired a new generation of fronliners to follow in her footsteps.

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh footprints is not washing off and her legacy – DRASA (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust) has therefore been erected to carry on from where she dropped her medical gadgets on 19 August, 2014.

DRASA Health Trust, a member of the Nigeria Network of NGOs was established in honor and memory of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh in 2015 with the purpose of building a network of health champions who will prevent diseases and save lives through education and training, community engagement, emergency planning, and policy change work.

With the large cases of vulnerable populations across the country, discomfort and sufferings from inadequate hygiene and sanitation, preventable diseases, and a weak health system that cannot deliver quality care or contain public health threats, DRASA Health Trust is actively participating in solving public health challenges, providing solution by building a network of health champions who take responsibility for the health of the common man and improving healthy behaviors, and building a safer, healthier country.

Part of what DRASA is doing to effect their mission is to train, and equip health workers, students, and border health/security officials on proper hygiene and sanitation, controlling infections, and the detection and management of public health emergencies. In addition, DRASA has supported the government to create, review and adopt health policies, guidelines and procedures and disseminating targeted health information to improve knowledge and change the behaviors of children, religious leaders and community leaders.

Currently working in ten states of the Federation, DRASA’s technical program areas include:

* Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Ensuring safe and proper use of effective medications totreat infections and diseases.

* Infection Prevention and Control (IPC): Identifying and stopping the spread of preventable infections in hospitals and communities

* Health Security and Emergency Preparedness: Building people and systems to protect and minimize the impact of events that endanger health across our borders and region

* Community Health and Hygiene: Promoting good health and hygiene activities and behaviors especially in vulnerable communities.


* Trained 4,019 clinical and non-clinical health workers.

* Supported development of 21infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines and SOPs

* Assessed construction and set up of 39 isolation and quarantine facilities

* Prepared 1,803 personnel from religious, nonprofit, education, hospitality and aviation sectors as they resumed operations post-lockdown.


51,645 – Beneficiaries engaged through capacity building programs

31,845 – Items of personal protective equipment (PPE) distributed

9,118 – Clinical and non-clinical health workers trained

30 -Nigerian states reached

10 – Countries reached

In recognition of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s role and sacrifice in containing the first case of the West African Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in Nigeria, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (OON), received the first Africa CDC-DRASA Health Trust Continental Award for Emergency Health Workers – 2022.

* National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Posthumous Award and National Honor of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) conferred by President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) – 2022.

* Public Advocacy in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control – 2021.

* Antibiotic Guardian Award – 2020.

* ECOWAS Posthumous Award of Excellence – 2019.

* Lagos University Teaching Hospital Inaugural Amity Award – 2017.

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust envisions a healthy society supported by a network of health champions who are equipped to detect, prevent and contain infections and manage public health emergencies.

Press Release: NNNGO Launches SDGs Manifesto Index

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

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Nigeria Network of NGOs

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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

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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.


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 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.

EFCC SCUML Regulations 2022

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.

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

Watch our ED’s Exclusive Invitation to this year’s dialogue:

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.


The NNNGO Security in the Field Team

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. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 3495 organisations ranging from small groups working

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