Nigeria

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$454,664
To improve the organizing and collective bargaining capability of Nigerian labor unions. The Solidarity Center will help the Nigerian Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress organize platforms that will ensure their survival in a political climate that has increasingly worked against labor interests in recent years. In particular, the Solidarity Center aims to increase the transparency and organizing capacity of Nigeria’s largest labor federation and the Petroleum & Natural Gas Senior Staff Association.

Campaign for Democracy (CD)
$24,700
To promote increased dialogue between civil society and government at the local level. CD will hold a series of workshops for members of community-based organizations on democracy, good governance, government budgeting, citizens' social and economic rights, community mobilization strategies, and government budgeting practices. The trained community members will become budget monitors, tracking and reporting on government spending.

Centre for Constitutional Government (CCG)
$39,900
To strengthen the relationship between state governments and their constituencies, allowing for greater civil society input into policy decisions. CCG will convene capacity-building workshops in Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo states for its civil society partners. Participants will establish monitoring teams comprised of representatives from each civil society partner group, which will be tasked with monitoring civil society engagement with government development projects and fiscal and legislative activities.

Center for Constitutionalism and Demilitarization (CENCOD)
$38,000
To educate lawmakers on parliamentary ethics and procedures and promote a culture of debate and consensus-building around the constitution. CENCOD will continue to produce the quarterly publication of The Constitution: A Journal of Constitutional Development and to hold the next installment of its Annual Democracy Lecture series.

Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)
$30,700
To promote women’s participation in the electoral process, both as voters and as candidates for office. CDD will identify civil society groups and activists in Kano State who are poised to play a key role in the preparations and conduct of the 2007 elections. CDD will then hold a two-day strategy session for 30 identified civil society groups and activists to train them on civic action and the importance and feasibility of popular participation in the electoral process.

Center for Development Research and Advocacy (CDRA)
$30,100
To strengthen civil society and religious and governmental institutions' capacity to increase accountability and transparency in electoral procedures as well as after the elections. CDRA will organize a one-day “road show” in the capital city of each state to spread information and mobilize the local population for the upcoming electoral process.

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
$43,000
To enhance the capacity of community-based organizations in Jigawa State to hold their elected representatives accountable through monitoring and tracking of local government spending in Jigawa State. CITAD will hold a training program focusing on strategies for consensus-building, the role of local government in community development, constitutional provisions relevant to local government, development project analysis, and advocacy skills. A second training will focus on tracking and analyzing local government expenditure.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
$112,416
To build the capacity of small enterprise groups to participate in the government budget process at the state level. CIPE will support each Nigerian Association of Small-Scale Industrialists state branch to analyze state government budget allocations related to SME promotion and will review actual government expenditure, highlighting abnormalities discovered in the budget implementation process.

Centre for Law and Social Action (CLASA)
$35,400
To promote the establishment of an effective political finance regulatory regime in Nigeria. CLASA will launch a legislative and media advocacy campaign consisting of workshops, meetings, and interactive sessions with officials of the federal and state electoral agencies, political party leaders and activists, civil society, members of the media, legislators, and representatives of the executive branch of government.

Center for Mobilization and Empowerment of Women (CMEW)
$18,800
To promote a democratic consciousness among women and girls and encourage women’s participation in community decision making in northern Nigeria. CMEW will visit secondary schools, nomadic education centers, federal government girls’ colleges, local universities, and women living in seclusion, to educate them about democracy and women’s rights.

Committee for the Protection of People’s Dignity (COPPED)
$25,800
To provide a forum for Nigerian youth to discuss national problems and develop the leadership skills to address them in a democratic way. COPPED will host two four-day camps, one each in the northern and southern regions of the country. Each camp will draw 25 participants from civil society organizations, schools, youth groups and neighborhood groups from across the country, and will reflect a balance of religious, ethnic, and gender identity.

Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP)
$47,200
To promote popular participation in governance and policy making and mobilize communities to take part in the upcoming elections. CAPP will gather data from both primary and secondary sources at the local, state, and federal levels to be edited into a video documentary on the plight of the dam-affected communities in Niger, Kwara, Kogi, and Kebbi states and present the finished video documentary to federal and state governments at four public rallies to be held in each state capital.

Connecting Gender for Development (COGEN)
$29,800
To promote gender equality and provide a means for addressing discriminatory practices in Kaduna State through passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill. COGEN will review and revise the terms of the bill to address criticisms and recommendations made during earlier readings in the legislature. COGEN will also convene strategy meetings with civil society organizations throughout the state to form advocacy groups to lobby legislators to support the bill.

Environmental Rights Action (ERA)
$25,000
To educate the wider Nigerian society on the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP) and its effect on local communities and encourage public debate on WAGP-related issues. ERA will conduct town hall meetings, each with six communities at a time, to assess their current needs, review the successes achieved and challenges encountered during the last several years of working with WAGP, and discuss strategies for future action.

Gender and Human Values Proactive (HUVAP)
$36,200
To improve the capacity of Zamfara State legislators to generate high-impact legislation that will address the needs of its citizens. HUVAP will train 24 state legislators on the importance of transparency, accountability, and the participation of the citizenry in the law-making process. A second workshop will enable civil society organizations to interact effectively with law makers and lobby for high-impact legislation.

Human Rights Justice and Peace Program (HRJPF)
$35,300
To encourage the development of civil society organizations and their capacity to promote democracy, transparency, and accountability in government. HRJPF will conduct one-day election trainings for traders in three marketplaces each in Abia and Anambra states, which are the commercial centers of the southeast.

Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS)
$48,000
To strengthen the electoral petition legal process as a means of arbitrating and improving the conduct of elections in Nigeria. Working in close partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association, HURILAWS will monitor, report, and evaluate the proceedings of election petition cases at the state tribunals for the National Assembly, governorship, and legislative elections in 12 states where such petitions are likely to be particularly contentious.

Human Rights Monitor (HRM)
$45,000
To contribute positively to the public electoral discourse and promote the peaceful, legal resolution of electoral petitions in Nigeria. HRM will convene meetings of the Northern Coalition for Constitutionalism and Legislative Advocacy to evaluate the conduct of the 2007 elections; set the Coalition's agenda for the post-election period; and publish copies of a quarterly journal, Equal Justice, which will include analysis and scrutiny of the electoral process.

Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL)
$50,000
To enhance political consciousness and raise awareness on issues of government accountability in the Niger Delta. IHRHL will hold public democracy forums and publish a weekly newspaper on human rights and good governance. The newspaper will include investigative pieces, editorials written by civil society activists, and input from rural communities of the Niger Delta.

League of Democratic Women (LEADS)
$48,300
To educate the public on the state of women's and children's rights and to keep the government informed on the electorate's needs and opinions of government policies in Jigawa, Kebbi, and Kaduna states. LEADS will encourage political candidates to disclose their position on each of the key issues relevant to their constituency. LEADS will publish a key issues report and the responses from politicians regarding their platform into brochures that will be disseminated within each state.

League for Human Rights (LHR)
$26,500
To encourage greater participation of civil society and individual citizens in the administration of justice in Plateau State. LHR will conduct a state-wide field study to assess the quality of justice administration in the state. LHR will also produce a training manual on the criminal justice system to train all branches of justice administration, including the judiciary, the police, the Ministry of Justice, legal aid counsel and prison personnel.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
$150,000
To strengthen the capacity of National Assembly staff to serve as a resource to legislators in researching and drafting legislation. NDI will provide technical assistance to the National Assembly leadership and staff through a series of workshops and “guided practice” aimed at increasing the skills of legislative staff in self-identified areas. NDI will also assist staff and legislators to organize activities such as public hearings and develop briefing materials or position papers on key issues or initiatives.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
$300,000
To evaluate the implementation of recommendations issued by domestic and international observers on Nigeria’s state and national elections. NDI will monitor and issue reports on the post-election dispute process. NDI will compile the recommendations issued by all domestic and international groups that observed the April elections and create a comprehensive tool to be used as an action agenda by potential reformers, as well as a list of anticipated accomplishments or benchmarks to which reformers could be held accountable.

Niger Delta Environment and Relief Foundation (NIDEREF)
$30,400
To promote financial accountability and transparency, particularly relating to the delivery of public services, development initiatives, and conflict reduction by the local government administrations in Rivers State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. NIDEREF will launch an extensive media campaign, train civil society actors, and monitor local government expenditures in one Local Government Area.

Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA)
$30,000
To encourage networking and collaboration among organizations representing informal sector workers as well as with other civil society groups. NATA will continue to produce and distribute the quarterly tabloid newspaper Grassroots Democracy Digest.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
$25,000
To expand and strengthen the anti-corruption legal framework at the federal level in Nigeria. SERAP will draft and publish a simplified version of the UN Convention Against Corruption; launch a media campaign to raise public awareness on the Convention and promote its incorporation into federal law; and host a stakeholder workshop for members of the National Assembly, relevant commissions, representatives from the NGO community, and journalists.

Women Advocates and Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)
$35,000
To build consensus among women’s groups in the Niger Delta region and empower them to more effectively and broadly engage their communities, oil companies, and other stakeholders on the issue of peace. WARDC will develop advocacy messages and materials, and continue to work with leaders of community peace advocacy groups to further build their capacity to liaise with local government authorities and resolve conflict in their communities.

Youngstars Foundation
$46,800
To educate Nigerian youth on their constitutional and civic responsibilities and the principles of human rights. Youngstars will organize a three-part interactive training series whose components include a step-down training requirement, an internship program at the national assembly, an international learning visit, and a service award event.

Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices (YOSPIS)
$25,700
To build youth capacity to advocate for their rights, network with each other, reduce political violence, and promote democracy and human rights in their communities. YOSPIS will conduct peer-educator trainings for youth leaders on good governance, interpersonal communication skills, human rights and conflict resolution and convene democratic town hall meetings to promote debate on issues of democracy and governance.