Covid 19 Nonprofit Advisory

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.


How will COVID-19 affect our work?

The pandemic will affect organisations differently and we must all prepare for it. To do this, organisations must develop a robust understanding of what will happen to their activities or projects during and after the pandemic. The following checklist provides guidance on steps an organisation can take to reflect on the effect of COVID-19 to its operations.


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Nonprofit governance has been in the spotlight in the last few years with increased interest in regulatory compliance. The Part F of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) is the law guiding the formation and governance of nonprofits in Nigeria. This document is our attempt to provide a framework for improving nonprofit compliance with the Part F of CAMA. Our theory of change is centered on the assumption that good nonprofit governance serves as a strong foundation for an eficient nonprofit sector. In this document we have placed strong emphasis on how nonprofits can achieve each clause in the law, rationale for meeting them and key outcomes for the nonprofit sector.


This document is an important piece of guidance that nonprofit trustees and managers need to be familiar with. It draws on the legal requirements, established best practices and principles designed to challenge nonprofits to improve their governance and to ensure necessary systems and processes are in place in their various organisations to comply with regulations guiding the operations of nonprofits in the country, thereby helping them keep a focus on their purpose (objects).


We have developed this document as a tool to support continuous improvement in line with each organisations
size, activities and circumstances. This is our first attempt at creating a tool that can help nonprofits in complying with regulatory requirements, we welcome your comments and suggestions in making the document better.


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First Quarter Report of Year 2019


In the first quarter of 2019, the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) kickstarted activities by conducting needs assessments and review meetings of 2018 activities in relation to organisation development and growth of member organisations. The outcome of these meetings and assessments was the production of an annual report guide for nonprofit organisations titled “Practical Guide on Writing Annual Reports for Nigerian Nonprofits”. This publication was produced to aid nonprofits in their reportage of activities, outcomes and successes achieved during the year with the aim of improving communication with their different audiences while promoting transparency and accountability within the nonprofit sector.


The Nigeria Network of NGOs also worked to encourage creativity and innovative use of technology within the third sector to improve nonprofit work and put Nigerian CSOs on the global map by partnering organisations that provide technological tools and services to CSOs, across the world, at subsidized costs. This was done through the introduction Techsoup West Africa, a program supported by WASCI with the aim of giving all nonprofits that form part of NNNGO’s membership,  the opportunity of easily accessing technological advancements.


NNNGO also actively worked to improve its book-keeping and accounting systems by employing the use of electronic accounting softwares. The use of these softwares have hitherto helped to eliminate human error, improve transparency and accountability. Meanwhile, work commenced on the 2019 phases of ongoing projects which had been undergoing implementation by the Network in previous years.

Overview of “Strengthening Statutory Regulations for Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria: Amending Part C of CAMA” Supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.


Activities for the third and final phase of the commonwealth foundation project began on January 9, 2019 with the publishing of a newsletter titled; “The Part F of CAMA and its implications for Nigerian NGOs” This newsletter was produced to sensitize the civil society community on the new and efficient way of registering organisations with ease, minimizing compliance burden of non-profits as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to bring Nigeria’s foremost commercial law in line with international best practices.


The second newsletter published in February focused on how NGOs incorporate trustees and their board of directors; it also stated the governing role of the board of trustees to ensure smooth operations and running of their non-profits. This learning was important in order to help nonprofits understand the role of their board and how best to appoint appropriate persons to form their board.


The third newsletter published in March paid particular attention to the filing of annual returns; stating the need to file and the advantage a nonprofit enjoys by filing annual returns with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Part of what was included in this newsletter were penalties attached to noncompliance and non-filing of annual returns as and when due.


In the next quarter, compliance workshops will be organised by NNNGO in different geopolitical zones across the country. The “Compliance Trainings on the Part F of CAMA” are a set of workshops designed to provide a comprehensive grounding on how to set up systems and procedures for complying with nonprofit regulatory requirements and holistically drive organisation wide-performance. The workshops will hold in four locations in different parts of Nigeria and provide a thorough grounding on how governance and financial systems are developed, implemented and comprehensively utilized to drive compliance across organisations. Attendees will benefit from case study examples of how this process can be achieved. This interactive workshop format will enable a combination of learning and peer-to-peer experience sharing among our members.


Part of activities for the second quarter include correspondence with newly-elected legislators while focusing on the need to create relationships based on mutual understanding and commitment towards providing an enabling environment for Nigerian nonprofits.

Overview of “Improving Engagement and Communication between NNNGO and its Members” Supported by Forus.


The Nigeria Network of NGOs embarked on a communication needs assessment consultation with members of the Network to ascertain their preferred communication tools in receiving updates from the network. This was done with an aim to engage, inform and share information, as well as build capacities based on the communication tools that can be easily accessed. This will further enable the Network to ensure that information shared with its members are received and read with necessary actions taken and also members are able to provide feedback, inputs and make enquiries with ease.


372 members of the network were reached and subsequently provided valid responses, with a coverage on the 6 geo-political zones -34 states and the FCT. Results show that member organisations preferred the use of EMAIL as a primary media for information dissemination.


Awareness on the Istanbul Principle has started among members of the Network with the development and circulation of info-graphics on the principles. Also, four newsletters have been published focused on issues ranging from the need to effectively understand the Istanbul Principle to grants and opportunities for Nigerian nonprofits. The design and deployment of the NNNGO App is ongoing and advancing towards the grand launch by May 2019.


A capacity needs assessment survey questions; the Nonprofit Assessment Tool (NOPSAT) was developed in the first quarter. The aim of this assessment is to identify the areas of non-profit member organisations that needs strengthening and tailor their needs in the Networks capacity building workshops and toolkits.


NOPSAT is a tool that helps non-profits analyse their strengths and weaknesses to know the capacity needs of their organisation. It measures the governance strategy and structure, human resources and administration, programme management, monitoring and reporting along with its financial management and sustainability of your organisation.


Plans for the validation workshop based on the need’s assessment is ongoing as the Network collates more responses from member non-profits.

Grants and Opportunities for Nigerian Nonprofits (April, 2019)

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Grant
Deadline: April 20, 2019.


OSIWA seeks proposals aimed at achieving the following specific themes; economic governance and advancement, justice reform and the rule of law, free, quality and independent, media equality and anti-discrimination, democratic practice. See here for details.


OHCHR Seeks Proposals for Minorities Fellowship Programme 2019      
Deadline: April 20, 2019.


The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) is OHCHR’s most comprehensive training programme for human rights and minority rights defenders belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. See more  here.

TY Danjuma Foundation seeks Applications for Health and Education Projects in Nigeria
Deadline: April 30, 2019.


Civil Society Organisations are invited to submit applications to fund health and education  projects in under-served and hard-to-reach communities across Nigeria. The call focuses on the following key areas: Preventable Blindness Maternal and Child Health Upgrading Teachers’ quality. See more here. 

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan. Washington, DC
Deadline: May 1, 2019.


EVAWI is inviting workshop proposals for their 2020 International Conference. The conference promotes innovative techniques, unique approaches, and promising practices in responding to gender-based violence. See more here. 


Proposals for NGOs Small Grant Opportunity 2019
Began on 1 April 2019, 9:00 AM GMT and ends 3 May 2019, 23:59 GMT.

See more here.


Apply for Commonwealth Digital Challenge 2019 Media Tech Accelerator
Deadline: May 3, 2019.


The Media Tech Accelerator challenge is now open and aims to help young, aspiring and tech-savvy entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth to develop an app, digital idea or tool to improve the work or solve challenges encountered by, journalists, communicators and media organisations within the Commonwealth. See more here.  


Applications Open for Trust Conference Change Makers Programme 2019
Deadline: May 3, 2019.


Trust Conference Changemakers Programme is inviting all applicants working in the areas of modern slavery, women’s rights, economic empowerment, refugee support and other human rights areas. See more here.


Future Leaders Connect

Deadline: May 6, 2019.     

Visit here to connect with a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe, who want to change the world through policy making. As a member of Future Leaders Connect, you will travel to the UK for ten days of advanced policy and leadership development programme at leading institutions to discuss big global challenges, in the UK Houses of Parliament, meet inspirational leaders and the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge.


2019 D-Prize Grant to Recognise New Entrepreneurs who Increase Access to Proven Poverty Interventions
Deadline: May 12, 2019.


The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves distribution challenges? See more here.


Key Population Community HIV Services Action and Response (KP-CARE 1)
Deadline: May 13, 2019.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria) seeks applications from organisations working on HIV services, action and response in Nigeria. See more here. 

Orange Social Venture Prize Africa & Middle East 2019
Deadline: May 30, 2019.


This contest aims to reward the best innovative and socially responsible projects in Africa and the Middle East. See more here.

Call for Proposal for Climate Chance Summit Africa 2019
Deadline: May 31, 2019.


Applicants are invited to apply for “Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019” which will take place in Accra from October 16th until October 18th at the International Conference Center in Accra. See more here.


Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards 2019 are now open
Deadline: May 31, 2019.


Skål International is an Affiliate Member of the UNWTO whose mission is to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. See more here.

This newsletter is supported by Forus. However, the ideas and opinions presented in this document do not necessarily represent those of Forus, NNNGO or any other organisation mentioned.

Newsletter – Understanding the Companies and Allied Matters Act

January, 2019


Corporate and nonprofit organisations in Nigeria and beyond have for many years supported and/or engaged in charitable causes, which have met the yearnings of individuals, groups and the society in general- in carrying out these charitable activities however, there are regulations nonprofits need to adhere to in order to ensure smooth operations within their organisations.


One of such regulations is the repealed and enacted Part C of Companies Allied Matters Act (CAMA) which is now Part F of CAMA in the newly amended version, released in May 2018 by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. CAMA is the legislation that established the Corporate Affairs Commission, the body charged with the formation, regulation and management of all companies in Nigeria. The Part C now part F, provides for incorporated trustees which nonprofit organisations are referred to. Therefore, the CAMA is a regulatory manual on how  Nigerian NGOs should be established, run and regulated. 


It was the determination of the Nigerian Federal Government to reform the law regulating the affairs of companies and its administration in Nigeria following concerns and calls from stakeholders over the obsolete nature of some of its provisions and penalties. 


The Part F of CAMA applies to nonprofit and charitable organisations specifically in matters relating to incorporation of trusteeship, filing annual returns, creation of a common seal, preservation of accounting records, developing an organisational constitution and processes that aids the smooth running of nonprofits. This law also guides nonprofits in setting up their governing bodies, sometimes referred to as “Board of Directors”, “Board of Trustees” or simply, “Trustees”. 


The implications of the new amendment “Part F” is that it seeks to establish an even more efficient way of registering organisations, minimizing compliance burdens of nonprofits as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to bring Nigeria’s foremost commercial law in line with international best practices. The eighteen (18) clauses contained in the Part C of the CAMA, now combined with ten (10) new clauses to make the Part F , in theory provides a more robust document for which Nigerian nonprofits can digest and readily access for information on what the Corporate Affairs Commission requires of a standard civil society. It is hoped that this trend will aid the provision and promotion of a more enabling operational environment for Nigerian nonprofit organisations. 


Further Reading


This newsletter is supported by the Commonwealth Foundation. However, the ideas and opinions presented in this document do not necessarily represent those of Commonwealth Foundation, NNNGO or any other organisations mentioned. 

Copy of the Amendments Made to Part C of CAMA as Seen on the CAC Website


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BE IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows –
1. Establishment of the Corporate Affairs Commission
(1) There is hereby established under this Act, a body to be known as the Corporate Affairs Commission (in this Act referred to as “the Commission”).

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The Nigeria Network of Non- Governmental Organizations (NNNGO) in collaboration with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML) organised two regional workshops themed, Effective Implementation AML/CFT Requirements in the NPO Sector in Nigeria.


The first of the workshops was held in Lagos; Vantage Hub: Mosesola House on 19th February 2018 and gathered 67 participants from across the southern region. The second workshop, organised at Den is Hotel, Abuja on 26th February, 2018 was attended by 68 participants from
the northern region.


In attendance were the Directors of NFIU, Mr Francis Usani and SCUML, Mr Bamanga Bello, as well as officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), SCUML, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).


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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