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Guide on Data Protection for Nonprofits

Guide on Data Protection for Nonprofits

Civil society organisations collects a lot of personal data such as names, addresses, emails, telephone numbers, website addresses, social media handles and posts. These data are mostly collected from beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, donors, vendors, board and individuals who are only interested in receiving information (newsletters) about what your organisation does.

 

In developing the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), it is clear that the regulators were not thinking about nonprofits, their primary target seem to be companies in the business of collecting data however a further analysis of the broad scope of the rules capture almost any organisation who touches or processes data.

 

When linked with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which by extension have implications for the work of nonprofits. The GDPR defines personal data as “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”. It applies to any organisation that collects the data of EU residents, irrespective of whether payment is required.

 

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insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

insight from CIVIL SOCIETY suggested amendments to the part C of CAMA

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 25 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. As of June 2017, we have a membership of over 2,400 organisations. In 2016 alone, 442 of these
organisations had a combined budget estimate of over 1billion Naira (N1, 033, 000,000)

This document concentrates on the amendments our membership is suggesting to the Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). These suggestions are informed by the NNNGO’s specialist knowledge of the non-profit sector as well as by non-state actors who deliver development outcomes to communities throughout the Federation.

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ANALYSIS OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE TO COMPLYING WITH THE PART F OF CAMA.

ANALYSIS OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE TO COMPLYING WITH THE PART F OF CAMA.

Regulatory compliance has a major impact on the legitimacy, transparency, and accountability of the nonprofit sector. While there is now a review of the legal framework guiding the operations of organisations within the civil society sector, we need to understand if the sector, can comply and how they are responding through an assessment of their readiness and resources.

The survey provides insights into the trends occurring within the sector to help policymakers and nonprofit actors consider how they might best respond. As conversations on the review of CAMA unfolds, with changing rules and demands on organisations, it is increasingly clear we need to know what is happening with the sectors ability to comply and areas where its capacity needs to be strengthened.

The survey was completed between 30th May and 23rd September. This generated responses from 258 organisations across 4 regions (North Central, South West, North West and South East) of the country.

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What We Heard on Part F of CAMA

What We Heard on Part F of CAMA

Background

More than three weeks ago, on August 17, 2020 precisely, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Bill into law. Trailing the President’s assent are various comments for and against some sections of the Act drawing considerable attention from the media, civil society sector, the private sector, and public alike.

 

As the Nigeria Network of NGOs, we sought to better understand how citizens and citizens-led organisations are interpreting the law. We engaged different stakeholders in the nonprofit sector and collated their opinions on shaping the future of nonprofit regulation through the Part F of CAMA. Through this exercise, we identified key trends, which we anticipate will significantly impact the implementation of CAMA in ways that cannot be ignored.

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Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)

Civil Society Spending on Covid-19 (March-June 2020)

Background

Through a survey of Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) members and the wider civil society community in Nigeria, launched between July and August 2020, we sought to capture COVID-19 related support that civil society organisations gave to communities across the country.

We wanted to hear from them how much they spent in Naira terms between March and June 2020, in which State and Local Government area, activities they spent on and group of beneficiaries. We were interested in hearing first-hand information how their support offered hope and resilience.

We received and analysed 132 responses from a range of organisations in 31 States of the Federation. This summary shows an analysis of their responses and identifies the significant role that nonprofits are playing in the nation’s response to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Situation in Lagos and Other Parts of the Country- -Statement by the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

It is a matter of deep concern that security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lekki and other parts of the country on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 after repeated assurances by the government on the rights of citizens to peaceful protests. The barbaric and unconstructive approach to keeping protesters off the streets by the Nigerian government is even more regrettable at a time when citizens’ trust in the ability of government to address their concerns is at its lowest.

We are deeply concerned by the “military operation” at the Lekki tollgate. We call on President Buhari to reign in all security forces under his control as we do not expect this action from a nation that prides itself as a member of the Community of Democracies. The use of force has undermined the stability of the country, bringing back bad memories of the military era.

We maintain our position that the right to peaceful protest in a democracy is guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and must always be respected. The recent breach of this right is unacceptable and truly disappointing. We want to be clear that the Lagos State and Federal Government of Nigeria will be held responsible for the death of innocent citizens expressing their legitimate displeasure at police brutality that has existed for far too long without meaningful action, on the part of government to address the issue before now.

We continue to urge all the 36 State Governors and Federal Government to ensure the timely release of all protesters, treatment of all wounded protesters, protection of lives and properties. We reaffirm the call by the civil society community across the country and globally on the need to investigate this act we have termed “crime against humanity”. The Federal Government under whose control the military operates must establish a mechanism to identify perpetrators of the heinous act at the Lekki tollgate and across the country. Accountability in this instance is crucial.

ENHANCING THE DIGITAL RIGHTS OF NONPROFITS IN NIGERIA

ENHANCING THE DIGITAL RIGHTS OF NONPROFITS IN NIGERIA

INTRODUCTION
Citizens and citizen organisations work during a period when technology is driving the interdependence that characterises the quest for change. Computers, mobile connectivity, applications, internet are shaping the way civil society organisations address their vision and mission in ways that bring out solutions and opportunities for growth.

Internet and digital technologies are rapidly transforming the way organisations deliver change across Nigerian
communities. Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and big data will change the way civil society organisations carry out their business, given the volume of data generated by the sector.

If civil society organisations must play a critical role in decades to come, they need to understand their digital rights so they can interpret the pros and cons of AI, ML and big data within the civic space. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent times has necessitated the need for nonprofits to be proactive, responsive, and inclusive in using the internet and digital technologies to do their work as we have never seen in times past.

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NNNGO Is Honoured To Provide The Research And Advocacy That Led To The Passage Of The Part F Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act  CAMA.

NNNGO Is Honoured To Provide The Research And Advocacy That Led To The Passage Of The Part F Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act CAMA.

NNNGO On CAMA

Statement attributable to:
Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi
Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs

 

ABOUT NNNGO

Dedicated to improving the operational environment for nonprofits, NNNGO brings together more than 2,700 nonprofits from around the country focused on 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 sector, providing programs that advance civil society legitimacy, transparency, and accountability. For more information, visit www.nnngo.org

 

NNNGO ON CAMA

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.

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.

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