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) 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.




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.



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.



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.


   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.

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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.

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Closing date: Monday 15 June 2020 at 5pm

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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


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Oyindamola Aramide


+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.