• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Forum Post: Nigeria INGO Forum Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 8 (October – December 2017)

    The 8th edition of NIF newsletter comes in a newly improved look and highlights how NIF and partners developed a Common Terminology Document setting out key language 'do's and don'ts', efforts by CSOs against the NGO bill, the training of front-line humanitarian staff in the deep fields of Borno state, high level engagements with key traditional and government agencies on regulatory challenges, among others. In addition, the contribution and achievements of four NIF members, namely ALIMA, Christian Aid, Plan International and the Nigeria Joint Response (NJR) were also highlighted. Download Newsletter


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