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.