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

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OUR IMMEDIATE THINKING TO THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT

https://www.thecable.ng/ngos-religious-organisation-regulation-bill-smuggled-into-cama-2020

Part F of CAMA, 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 (Part F of CAMA), 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.

Part-F-of-CAMA

 

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!

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

 

Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you, we have spent the last few days and weeks understanding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting the nonprofit sector. For the Nigeria Network of NGOs, that means learning how it affects employees, beneficiaries and communities we serve, including what the necessary adjustments to our work and operations would look like.

As the outbreak escalates, our focus has been on keeping people safe and informed especially nonprofit employees. This going forward will be at the centre of our conversations for days and months to come. We have made several moves in our operations that I would like to share with you.

I have listened to my colleagues individually to understand how the outbreak will affect their productivity and have used this information to decide what measures we need to put in place to support each staff. One of such is the voluntary work from home policy, where I am allowing staff members, especially those with long commute, to work from home should they decide to.

We have ramped up our personal hygiene with hand sanitizers distributed to all staff and hand washing encouraged. We are practicing social distancing while at work and contributing positively to public discourse on the outbreak while serving as a source of calm and sound advice internally and externally.

To do what we can to help stop the spread of the virus, our Lagos and Ibadan offices are closed to visitors from Monday 23, 2020, a strict travel ban for employees is in place and we have cancelled workshops and events with large gatherings in line with government directives. We are closely following the Nigeria Center for Disease Control’s (NCDC) guideline and recommendations on the steps we can take to prevent the spread of the virus.

We also want to help our members everywhere to find help and receive training and support from our team. We are expanding our premium membership benefits to all members and opening up all our electronic channels—email: nnngo@nnngo.org , seyi@nnngo.org , timothy@nnngo.org , adeola.odunsi@nnngo.org , chidinma.okpara@nnngo.org , aramide.oyindamola@nnngo.org ; phone: 0906 946 0107, 0906 948 6207, 0906 946 9197 to pick up your request for support. We are here to help.

We understand the outbreak will have implications for contractual engagement with donors. Please let them know immediately how this is affecting your work as you may have to renegotiate restrictions and timing on grant reporting and explicitly plan for the unexpected.

Whatever happens in the next coming days, weeks and months we will be here to help nonprofits address their challenges. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all we can to provide support and guidance to weather the storm.

Thank you.

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

House of Representatives Rejects Civil Society Bill

House of Representatives Rejects Civil Society Bill

Lagos, Nigeria, March 17, 2020/NNNGO/

 

The 2,719 members of the Nigeria Network of NGOs warmly welcome the resolve of the House of Representatives to reject “A Bill to Establish the Civil Societies Regulatory Commission for Coordinated Regulation of Civil Society Organisations” which happened on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

This resolution results from the commitment of lawmakers particularly those who stood on the floor of the House to uphold fundamental freedoms associated with civic space. We are pleased that the rejection of this bill drew its strength from constitutional provisions of our dear country, which provides the framework for freedom of association and assembly. We are satisfied with Hon. Tajudeen Abbas’ (sponsor of the bill) interest to step down the bill.

A moment of great importance has been accorded to the work of civil society organisations with this singular act by members of the House of Representatives.

With members of the House of Representatives rejecting this bill, there is now real hope that the journey to protecting civic space in Nigeria has started, one if properly embarked upon will lead to opportunities for more inclusive society.

Profiling Feet of Grace Foundation

Profiling Feet of Grace Foundation

For many years now, they have been demonstrating the power of positive attitude and by all means rocketing towards their goals since its inception in November 2014.

Since 2014, The Feet of Grace Foundation has been enriching lives by raising funds to provide both upper and lower extremity prosthesis and wheelchairs to amputees; children under 18 years of age, young ladies and women alike. The Foundation has also been facilitating educational scholarship for needy amputee children while supporting catalytic activities to alleviate poverty for women amputees.

By the end of 2019, 41 amputees would have benefited from the support provided by the Foundation. This support includes 42 prosthetic limbs (3 more to be delivered by the end of the month), and two wheelchairs (including one motorized for a double amputee). Three female amputees received seed funds to reestablish their small scale businesses. Six amputees are currently benefiting from educational scholarship with support from partner-organizations.

The Feet Of Grace Foundation also supports replacement of the prosthetic limbs for the children as they grow, and repairs/maintenance of all limbs provided as they wear out from daily use.

Well-done Dr Irene Olumese and your entire team.

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