• North-east Nigeria: An overlooked protection crisis

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  • North-East Nigeria: An overlooked protection crisis

    This short brief provides a snapshot of critical concerns from operational NGOs in the north–east and presents key recommendations to the Federal Government of Nigeria, to urgently prioritise and effectively ensure, with support from the international community, the protection of civilians in north-east Nigeria. RECOMMENDATIONS Commending the Federal Government of Nigeria (GoN) on their dedication to provide assistance to civilians and wanting to further strengthen our collective response, the operational NGOs in north-east Nigeria call on the GoN to: Explore immediately alternatives to military solutions for stabilising communities including through consolidating peace dialogues and rebuilding trust with communities. Re-deploy civilian authorities to government controlled Local Government Areas (LGAs), including police, judiciary, civil registry officials and teachers. Support the humanitarian community to expand access, including recognising the importance of negotiated access with all conflict parties and lifting heavy civilian movement restrictions (where appropriate). Work closely with mine action partners to ensure access for surveying outside government controlled areas, marking hazardous areas and clearing explosives. Sign Communique with the Humanitarian Coordinator to address the regulatory challenges impeding our operations. Work with the humanitarian community, State government, security forces and traditional leaders to identify, allocate and secure land to decongest camps and enable building of critical services in key locations. This includes investing resources in exploring expansion of perimeters of ‘garrison towns’. Ensure all civilians, especially women, children and groups with specific vulnerabilities, are protected through the development and implementation of accountability policies, including the endorsement of the National Policy on Protection of Civilians and Civilian Harm Mitigation and the Child Rights Act. Ensure screening processes are in accordance with international standards including increasing female personnel, transferring children to specialised authorities, publishing a registry of all detainees, and allowing immediate access by protection monitors. Domesticate the Kampala Convention and ensure full support to the Borno State Government to implement the endorsed Borno Returns Strategy. Strengthen civil-military coordination and increase commitment to protection of civilians by integrating protection principles into training and immediately release the findings of the Report of Presidential Investigative Panel on Human Rights Abuses in the Military. Download Document


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  • Exploring Concrete Ways to Improve the North-East Nigeria Response in 2019

    In a frank discussion organised by the Nigeria INGO Forum, and moderated by Myrta Kaulard, the Head of World Food Programme (WFP) Nigeria, panelists from government, OCHA, donors and national and international civil society addressed key challenges within the north-east Nigeria response with the aim of developing concrete ways forward. The discussion focused on many areas including but not limited to coordination; community engagement; access; protection; needs and partnerships. This short report outlines the main discussion with the aim of developing key recommendations and practical action for taking forward at the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and Operational Humanitarian Country Team (OHCT) level. After consultation with the panelists it has been agreed that the recommendations will be agreed upon separately involving a wider range of actors including senior leadership to ensure concrete action. Download Report


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  • Returning refugees faced with a lack of services, security and protection in Rann, north-east Nigeria

    Tuesday, 12 March 2019 – The Nigeria INGO Forum, an umbrella body comprised of 51 international non-government organisations (INGOs), is deeply concerned over the grave humanitarian situation facing approximately…


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  • Statement of condolence for those who lost colleagues, friends and loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302

    ABUJA, 11 March 2019 – As the Nigeria INGO Forum, with a membership of 51 international NGOs, we wish to express our deepest condolences to everyone, including the humanitarian…


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