• Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 19 (July – September 2020)

    NIF latest Forum Post newsletter underlines NIF's efforts in engaging other actors to improve humanitarian and development actions in Nigeria, especially in the north-east where at least 10.6 million people are in urgent need of aid as a result of the combined impact of armed conflict and COVID-19 restrictions. NIF continues to engage towards an inclusive, principled response, also sustainably building local capacity to achieve this goal. With one in every five of the world's out-of-school children living in Nigeria, you will learn how Plan International and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) are supporting education and resilience in vulnerable communities. In addition, this edition highlights how ACTED and FHI 360 are adapting their programmes to meet needs in camps and settlements. ACTED continues to play key role in camp management and provide evidence-based information management. FHI 360 on the other hand is supporting conflict-affected population with health services. Finally, find out why addressing remnants of war matters in conflict-affected areas. Since 2017, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has been in the fore-front supporting at-risk communities through risk education. Download Newsletter


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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 18 (March – June 2020)

    The 18th edition of NIF 'Forum Post' newsletter highlights how the humanitarian community is supporting government-led effort to coordinate a collective humanitarian action in Borno state. In addition, with the heightened community vulnerabilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition further showcases the contributions of Action Against Hunger and WaterAid in supporting communities to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and how ActionAid is working with partners to address the rising cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) since the introduction of the lockdown. Finally, NIF highlighted the INGO workforce in numbers across the country. Download Newsletter


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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 12 & 13 (October 2018 – March 2019)

    In this edition, NIF's effort in keeping international community informed of critical priorities and emerging issues in the north-east response was highlighted. From landmark dialogue between UK Secretary of State for Defence and civil society in Maiduguri to a briefing in Geneva on an overlooked protection situation in the north-east crisis. Others include how NIF and its members are working on collective solutions by setting priority areas for 2019, making progress in addressing bureaucratic challenges, calling for funding of UNHAS' critical services, among others. In addition, this edition touched on how NRC is increasing communities' resilience and DRC is working with conflict-affected communities. Finally, NIF bids farewell to Roisin Mangan, who worked tirelessly in elevating the crisis in-country and with member states. Download Newsletter


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 9 (January – March 2018)

    In the 9th edition of NIF newsletter, NIF engages various media platforms and the traditional leaders in order to improve perceptions and change the narrative about INGOs. In addition, various steps were taken at all levels to elevate the critical priorities and challenges in north-east Nigeria to the global community. Within this period, a sizable number of humanitarians in deep fields were trained on critical humanitarian principles and practice. The edition also highlighted how Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is building local coalition and strengthening community engagement against human rights abuses in north-east Nigeria. This period saw the arrival of the deputy director and policy advisor, endorsement of SoGs in NIF's first annual general assembly and the election of new steering committee members. Download Newsletter


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