• 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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  • Lake Chad Basin Crisis: Struggles and Hopes

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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 11 (July – September 2018)

    The 11th edition of NIF's "Forum Post" newsletter highlights key advocacy effort and contribution to the LCB crisis at the global level. From NIF's engagement with UK's State Secretary of Defence in London to the outcome of the Berlin conference held in Germany. Others include the efforts made in improving understanding of the upcoming elections in 2019 and prioritizing the quality and effectiveness of the north-east response. Members achievements were highlighted from SI and SOS CV. Finally, the edition also touched on the inaugural INGO football tournament in Maiduguri, won by DRC. Download Newsletter


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  • Nigeria INGO community stand in solidarity with ICRC

    Abuja, 17 October 2018 – We, the international NGO community, stand in solidarity with our colleagues of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). We are deeply saddened…


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  • Sexual Violence in Conflict: Reclaiming women’s agency through law, policy and practice

    The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women, Peace and Security in collaboration with the Nigeria INGO Forum and the Somalia NGO Consortium organised the high level panel discussion 'Sexual violence in conflict: Reclaiming women's agency through law, policy and practice' to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June). Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE chaired the discussion with representatives from Somalia and Nigeria civil society, a global legal expert and the United Kingdom (UK) government constituting the excellent panel. Using north-east Nigeria and Somalia as key examples of protracted conflicts, global and field expert panelists explored and discussed best practices of programming and legislation which stop paying lip service to buzzwords such as inclusion, participation and protection and actually genuinely empower women to be their own agents of change. Welcoming the continuous efforts of the UK government to globally address sexual violence in conflict and their global penholder role for the women, peace and security agenda, the panelists focused their key asks to the UK Government. Overall, the discussion was lively and informative with Rosy Cave from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) keenly taking stock of the needs and gaps as highlighted by the field colleagues and reiterated the UK's openness and willingness to engage all actors and continue prioritising women within protracted conflicts in a real and genuine way. Download Report


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  • Supporting Lake Chad Basin Communities on the Path Towards Peace and Sustainable Development

    With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, 10.8 million people continue to be in urgent need of life- saving assistance across north-east Nigeria, far-north Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Nearly 2.4 million people are displaced with fresh waves of violence and human rights abuses resulting in thousands arriving into congested sites on a weekly basis. Destruction of infrastructure and limited access to basic services due to insecurity have resulted in people having limited or no access to food, water, shelter, health, education and protection leaving them dependent on aid and in need of assistance to rebuild their communities and their ability to provide for their families. Political attention must remain focused on the ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. Despite efforts to date, the level of acute emergency needs continues to exceed available resources. Renewed support is needed to empower affected communities as agents of their own change and build on existing coping mechanisms. In order to bend the vulnerability curve and bring communities on to the path of sustainable development, community led resilience and development-orientated activities need to be scaled up in parallel to urgent life-saving assistance. Therefore, we the undersigned, request the Lake Chad Basin Governments to: Recognise affected communities as their own agents of change and enable a genuine shift to a community-centred approach ensuring accountability through the promotion of inclusive dialogue, inclusion and feedback. Explore immediately collective alternatives to military solutions for stabilising communities and set a precedent for rebuilding trust through the genuine engagement of communities to own solutions to the challenges they are facing. Reinforce the critical role of youth and women in reconciliation and reintegration processes and commit to promoting social cohesion programming. Programming for reintegration of vigilantes and former combatants, including through increasing economic opportunities, training and education, must involve the community. Refrain from harming civilians and ensure all civilians, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups, are protected through the development and implementation of accountability policies and frameworks. Further, all military activities, including military screening centres, must be in line with international law and norms. Lift excessive military restrictions on freedom of movement and enable safe passage so that communities can access their livelihoods, including fishing, farming and markets, and so that cross border trade can resume. Ensure all organised movement, including return, whether within borders or cross border, is voluntary, safe, dignified and informed. This includes implementing existing national coordination systems and frameworks, such as the Tripartite Agreement, and strengthening information sharing and consultations with affected communities. Uphold the rights of all citizens and safeguard their right to vote in a free and fair manner by ensuring all citizens are able to obtain civil documentation or, in cases where it has been lost, stolen or confiscated, replace necessary documentation. Provide leadership for deliberate action and ensure transparent and accountable allocation of resources to address the root causes of the crisis whilst also addressing the increasing humanitarian needs. Further, all levels of government must take the lead in monitoring the activities of their state and federal counterparts to ensure funds are used effectively to address the needs of the most vulnerable. Develop basic services, including schools and health facilities, and ensure as well as sustain an increased presence of civilian authorities and local government structures in rural areas. Establish regular platforms for exchange between government and civil society in order to address regulatory challenges and the use of violent security measures as well as to ensure legislation and frameworks are inclusive of the needs of all citizens. Download Document


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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 10 (April – June 2019)

    The 10th edition of NIF's Forum Post newsletter underline how NIF is ensuring the operational realities in north-east Nigeria continue to remain central to all global and regional agendas. Furthermore, to have a better response, NIF contributed in various capacity building efforts including Conflicts Dynamic International (CDI) facilitated training on humanitarian access and negotiation, effective communications and advocacy training for national NGOs, among others. In an effort to increase trust and strengthen relationship between INGOs and the community, NIF engages the media and the religious leaders in the north-east to address misperceptions in an open and frank way. This edition also highlighted how a rural community of 473 households in Borno state was certified free from open defaecation through ACF's efforts. Finally, NIF bids farewell to Hailu Teka, NIF Cash Advisor and Yannick Pouchalan, NIF Chair and ACF Country Director. Download Newsletter


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  • CHRISTIAN AID: Partnering with WFP in Food Assistance

    Mai Bunu Mustapha was once a beans trader who had about 40 apprentices under his supervision. He had big clients in Lagos and other parts of the country. The 60-year-old…


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  • MORE THAN A TEACHER – Education in the midst of chaos: The Inspiring Story of Hassan

    There is tension in the air and people are restless. There are rumours that something is going to happen so the school is closed early. As Hassan Modu steps…


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