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Civil society groups must speak up against the shrinking civic space in Nigeria after National Assembly invasion

The time has come for the civil society community in Nigeria and world over to speak up against the shrinking civic space in Nigeria, Spaces for Change [S4C] and Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) said today, after the National Assembly invasion. Heavily–armed security operatives of Nigeria’s Department of State Security Services (DSS) barricaded the entrance of the Nigerian federal parliament on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, preventing federal lawmakers from accessing their offices to carry out their lawful legislative duties.

“The civil society community must strongly resist these undemocratic tendencies. Nigerian authorities must end this trend of shrinking civic space and weakening of democratic institutions in the country”, said Ms. Yemisi Ramsome-Kuti, Nigeria Network of NGOs Trustee.

DSS’ Tuesday invasion of the National Assembly is the height of closing civic space any country could witness in a democracy, said Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director at Spaces for Change.

Nigeria’s Vice-President ordered the sack of the Director General of the DSS following the intense public outrage that greeted the invasion. While we applaud and welcome the sack of the Director General of the DSS, it must be noted that there are several cases of attacks by the DSS on civil society activists, journalists and human rights defenders in the country. Spaces for Change has has tracked 103 incidents of governmental restrictions on free speech, association, religious and assembly rights that occurred between May 2015 – May 2017. See www.closingspaces.org.

In its March 2018 United Nations Universal Periodic Review Report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the NNNGO and Civicus are “alarmed by attacks on and intimidation of human right defenders, civil society activists and journalists in Nigeria, predominantly carried out by operatives of the Department of State Security”.

The civil society community cannot continue to look the other way as DSS’ role in the closing of civic space in the country continues.  With the invasion of the National Assembly, Spaces for Change and the NNNGO are concerned the attack and intimidation by the DSS on citizens will continue to grow if not properly checked.

We are very alarmed that a revered institution such as the National Assembly can be invaded by the DSS in a democracy. Spaces for Change and the Nigeria Network of NGOs stand together with the National Assembly in this difficult time and we continue to call for the protection of civic space by all democratic associations, movements and institutions in the country.

The DSS reports directly to the Presidency. Accordingly, President Mohammadu Buhari must make good his commitment to the rule of law by not only ordering all security forces in the country to respect the rights of citizens to freedom of assembly, speech and association, but also by restraining the DSS from continuing its vicious campaign of intimidation and suppression of the rights of citizens under the guise of state security.

The new DSS boss must show true leadership and heed the demands of citizens and citizen organisations to release citizens detained by DSS for exercising their rights to the freedom of peaceful assembly, speech and association and review their cases to prevent continued harassment.

“Nothing can ever wipe out the unimaginable trauma our democracy and civic space witnessed yesterday in the hands of the DSS. The minimum the government of Nigeria can do at this time is to provide restorative measures capable of reassuring the National Assembly and the over 170 million Nigerians who elected them that their rights to freedom of association, speech and assembly is guaranteed.

 

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About Spaces for Change

Established in May 2011, Spaces for Change (S4C) is a research and advocacy organization working to infuse human rights into social and economic decision-making processes in Nigeria. The organization works to increase the participation of Nigerian youth, women and communities in the development of social and economic policy, and also help public authorities and corporate entities to put a human rights approach at the heart of their decision-making. (www.spacesforchange.org)

 

About 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. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 2,400 organizations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level. Read more at www.nnngo.org.

DOCUMENTS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY YOUR ORGANIZATION – NGO

DOCUMENTS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY YOUR ORGANIZATION – NGO

Nonprofits across the country have begun to witness a trend of routine inspection by officials of the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, SCUML and Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. These visits are part of the mandate of SCUML and EFCC to determine the compliance rate of Nigerian NPOs with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Finance of Terrorism, AML/CFT regime and serve as a way for government to better keep track of the activities of NPOs. Ultimately, they help to ensure that NPOs are not vulnerable to risks of being used as conduits for Money Laundering, ML and Terrorism Financing, TF.

A routine inspection by SCUML is often heralded by an official letter stating the dates and time the visit will occur; along with a list of documents they would like to see during their visit (Below is the list). The Executive Director or whoever is the head of the organisation is expected to be available to receive them.

DOCUMENTS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY YOUR ORGANIZATION – NGO

  1. General/Sales transaction ledger (2014 to date)
  2. Statement of accounts for the last 12 months
  3. Organisational chart (Organogram)
  4. AML/CFT related policies/manual for staff training
  5. Summary of litigation by and against your institution, including current status and the potential impact upon conclusion
  6. List of your institution’s affiliated companies/subsidiaries
  7. Breakdown of all grants, donations, contributions and gifts made to your organisation (including material donations) above N1million from 2014 to date
  8. Summary of all completed and ongoing programmes/projects from 2014 to date
  9. List of beneficiaries of your programmes/projects in tune of N160,000 and above from 2014 to date

Note that the team will sight the originals of the documents listed above.

[INFOGRAPHIC] How NGOs in Nigeria Use Technology

Two hundred and nineteen Nigerian NGOs, nonprofits, and charities participated in the survey for the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report. Their responses are summarized below. The data is meant to provide benchmarks for organizations in Nigeria so that they can gauge whether they are ahead or behind in their use technology.


14 Stats About How NGOs in Nigeria Use Technology

2018 Nigerian Partner: Nigeria Network of NGOs

 71% of NGOs in Nigeria have a website. Of those, 90% are mobile compatible.

 76% use the .ORG domain. 11% use .COM. 3% use .NET. 3% use .NGO. 1% use country codes. 6% use other domains.

★ 38% use WordPress as their Content Management System for their website. 4%use Joomla. 16% use another CMS and 42% don’t know.

52% of NGOs in Nigeria accept online donations on their website. Of those, 78% accept direct debit payments. 51% accept credit card payments. 14% accept PayPal. 3% accept digital wallet payments.

★ 30% utilize an online peer-to-peer fundraising service.

★ 17% participate in #GivingTuesday.

★ 55% of NGOs in Nigeria regularly send email updates and fundraising appeals to supporters and donors. Of those, 48% use an email marketing service. 18% send email via BCC. 4% send email via their CRM. 20% send email through another method and 10% don’t know.

 58% regularly send text messages to supporters and donors. Of those, 42% also utilize a text-to-give service for SMS fundraising.

 86% of NGOs in Nigeria have a Facebook Page and 28% have a Facebook Group. 64% have a Twitter Profile. 51% have a LinkedIn Page and 16% have a LinkedIn Group. 38% have an Instagram Profile. Other social media used are: 31% YouTube, 24% Google+, 5% Pinterest, 2% Vimeo, 1% Flickr, 1% Tumblr, and 1% Reddit.

47% use messaging apps to communicate with supporters and donors. Of those, 86% use WhatsApp. 48% use Facebook Messenger. 3% use Viber. 3% use Viber. 1% use Snapchat. 1% use WeChat.

 85% of NGOs in Nigeria use Microsoft Windows as their operating system on desktop and laptop computers. 9% use Google Chrome OS. 2% use Apple macOS. 1% use Linux OS. 1% use another operating system and 2% don’t know.

70% use Google Android as their operating system on smartphones and tablets. 19% use Windows Phone. 4% use Apple iOS. 1% use another operating system and 6% don’t know.

★ 10% use a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) software to track donations and manage communications with supporters and donors. Of those, 59% use a cloud-based CRM.

★ 35% use encryption technology to protect data and communications. Of those, 24% to protect the privacy of email communications. 20% to protect organization information. 12% to protect donor information. 12% to protect the privacy of mobile communications.


Source: NGO Technology Report

 

Call for application: 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment

Call for application: 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment

Deadline: 20th June 2018

Interested in helping to save the planet? Interested in helping to save the environment? Are you young with immense capacity to produce result? Are you passionate about environment? Do you have idea(s) that can solve waste management’s issues in Nigeria? Here is your chance to attend 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment

Theme: Waste and Environmental Challenges: The Role of young people in providing solutions

Our Organization, CleanEdge Solutions, as one of its mandates and in collaboration with Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), Development Practice Student Association (DEPSA) and Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGOs) is organizing the 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment

CleanEdge Solutions initiative intends to solve these challenges by utilizing the 3Rs of waste management (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). And in the last couple of months, we have been thoroughly involved in waste education exercise across the Oyo state which we called “Save the Environment Campaign” where we educated secondary school student on waste disposal practices and how best they can save their environment. We have been able to achieve this through our network of over 50 volunteers. And as we write this, the campaign have reached about 50 schools and 20, 000 students.

1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment, which is the first of its kind, is designed to bring about 200 stakeholders together to provide solutions to menace of Environmental Challenges in Nigeria. On summit day, we will build capacity of young people aged 18-40yrs by looking at waste problems, proffer workable solutions, how young people can build smart businesses and provide recommendations on the role of youth inclusion in addressing environmental challenges.

Eligibility

  • This is open application to everyone aged 18 – 40
  • Have fantastic ideas about environment
  • Interested in Tech4Environment Hackathon
  • Passionate about environment, climate change, education and sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a whole

Application

To apply, click here

For more information, click here

For exhibition in our green space which is free, send an email to summit@cleanedge.com.ng and copy info@cleanedge.com.ng

 

Source: CleanEdge
NNNGO Membership Survey Report

NNNGO Membership Survey Report

The annual NNNGO membership survey tracks how well NNNGO is engaging with its members and meeting programme objectives. The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is home to 2,400 nonprofit organisations spread across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

 

It is critical that the Network’s management understands its members satisfaction of services rendered by the organisation and what changes or improvements they would like to see.  In December 2017, the Nigeria Network of NGOs completed a survey of its members across the country. It is designed to indicate the health of the Network’s membership and identify emerging needs of members for planning and retooling of the organisations membership related activities.

 

The NNNGO membership satisfaction survey was taken by 111 organisations across the 6 geo-political zones of the country. We thank the respondents to the survey questions for their role in making the survey and reporting possible.

 

This is not just a report for the shelves, the Network’s management will use this report to make its membership’s voice stronger in its plans and programmes—and in developing and strengthening the organisation as a platform for inspiring, connecting and advocating for the nonprofit sector as an essential contributor to Nigeria’s communities and economy.

 

A copy of the report is available for download here. (1.4MB)

Workshop Materials: Effective Implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Requirements in the NPO Sector in Nigeria

Workshop Materials: Effective Implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Requirements in the NPO Sector in Nigeria

With the support of Open Society Initiative for Western Africa (OSIWA), the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in collaboration with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML), organised two regional workshops in Lagos state and Abuja on 19th and 26th February 2018 respectively.

The workshops with the theme Effective Implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Requirements in the NPO Sector in Nigeria were one-day events respectively and aimed at sensitizing non-profit organisations on the Nigerian anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism regime.

Participants were taken through the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and (GIABA) standards on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) for nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and the compliance requirements; the sectoral risk assessment process, its objectives and NPOs’ role from the perspective of FAFT standards with comparative practices of other countries as well as the mutual evaluation process by GIABA / FATF in Nigeria and how this may affect NPOs.

Inclusive were tools and strategies for preventing terrorist abuse of the NPO sector followed by discussions on future strategy of NPO engagement in the evaluation process in Nigeria.

Click here to access presentations made by speakers at both events;

Overview of International AML/CFT Standards on NPOs By Ms. Ibinabo Mary Amachree, Head of Information and Data Management, SCUML. (Download)

An Overview of the Anti Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism Regime in Nigeria By Mr. George Adebola, Assistant Director, SCUML.(Download)

The Role and Functions of SCUML as it Relates to Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) Under the AML/CFT Regime By Mr. Mathew Enu. (Download)

Vulnerabilities of the Non-Profit Sector in Nigeria to Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing as Identified in the National Risk Assessment (NRA) & Measures to Prevent Misuse of the Sector for Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing By Mr. Temitope Olubunmi Erinomo. (Download)

FATF/GIABA Mutual Evaluation Process and the Role of the NGOs for the Successful Conduct of the Mutual Evaluation Review (MER) By Abdul Rahman Mustapha, Head of Monitoring and Analysis, NFIU. (Download)

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FATF REGIONAL WORKSHOP REPORT

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).

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2018 Annual Letter to the Nonprofit Sector

2018 Annual Letter to the Nonprofit Sector

Dear Nonprofit Leader,

2017 was an upsetting year for the sector. Our resilience was tested by the economic recession and our integrity and togetherness, challenged by the obnoxious House Bill 585. In all, we came out stronger and better. Though the battle is not yet over, we are confident that we will get to the finish line.

2018 presents us with the opportunity to reform our sector and to take our place in national development especially in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is also the year we need to introspect and address the transparency and accountability deficits existing in our fold.

While the debate on the NGO bill rages, we heard a lot about our sector; there were valid concerns, misconceptions, blackmail and misinformation. These must in 2018, inform how we respond to the future of our work as a sector. None of these voices should be missed in our efforts to reform the sector for effectiveness and growth.

Our most cherished value as a sector is accountability. Though many nonprofits are self-funded, there still exists a wide gap in our regulatory compliance; we cannot continue our ways of not reporting to our regulators and stakeholders. Record keeping is a challenge which we must all work together to address in the New Year.

Regulators are expected to step up their regulatory compliance mechanisms in the year. We must work with our regulators as a sector to ensure that their actions enable our operational environment. It is pertinent to be reasonable in our approach to issues bothering on the implementation of existing regulatory frameworks and at the same time, propose necessary reforms to these frameworks.

Each organisation must work out its own transparency and accountability mechanism in line with international best practices and norms. This will entail increasing Board engagement and oversight on their operations, enhancing organisational and operational planning, improving financial management systems, accelerating project implementation, establishing regulatory compliance processes and sustaining transparency and accountability procedures. Bigger nonprofits must be willing to mentor medium and small sized nonprofits, being our brother’s keepers will be the watchword in 2018.

For our sector, 2018 is an important year as it is a pre-election period. We must seize the moment to ensure that we have in place a civil society manifesto that is SDGs-based, one that can serve as a framework for citizens’ demand to individuals seeking elective offices in 2019. Issues already captured in the 17 global goals must form a basis for our national and local election debates.

As the 3rd sector continues to mature, our ability to sit at the table with government and the private sector using evidence from our work is becoming a necessity, we must pay attention to lessons from our activities that can aid policy formulation and implementation. Now is the time to stop agonizing and start organizing for the change we want to see.

For us at the Nigeria Network of NGOs, our work this year will be shaped under 4 strategic pillars—Enabling the operational environment for Nigerian nonprofits, sustaining advocacy on the attainment of the SDGs, strengthening sector-wide organisational capacity and improving knowledge on the Nigerian 3rd sector space. I am counting on your support to make this happen.

May 2018 be the sector’s best year yet!

Your colleague,

Oyebisi B. Oluseyi

Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs.