NIGERIA 2020

Advancing Women’s Political Leadership in Nigeria through Impact Storytelling

Women in Leadership Advancement Network

$50,000

To foster an environment in which women can equitably participate in politics, the organization will produce and disseminate a variety of media and artistic content that normalizes women in leadership positions and mobilizes women to run for office. The organization will host an online talk-show, organize an art symposium, and produce a documentary with this messaging. It will also facilitate small stakeholder consultations to cultivate allies in political parties, government, and business committed to advancing women’s political participation and combatting restrictive gender norms. 

A Regional Approach to Access to Justice for the Urban Poor through Growing an Inter-City Network of Paralegals from the Slums

Incorporated Trustees of Community Legal Support Initiative

Supplement$15,000

To equip marginalized urban communities with local legal aid solutions and community-based support networks to promote inclusive governance. The organization will provide paralegal training and support to marginalized urban populations so that they can use their respective legal systems and inter-community solidarity to defend their basic rights, while demanding for improved government accountability. While paralegals will provide support for a range of legal needs, they will focus on protecting communities’ land rights, human rights, and access to justice.

Beyond Voting: Increasing Women’s Participation in the Political Process III

Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (Partners West Africa Nigeria)

$90,000

To strengthen women’s capacity to participate in politics and shape government policy. The organization will host a political leadership mentorship program for young women. Through community forums, it will cultivate an environment in which women can politically participate at the state and local government level. It will also pressure and support women in government to advocate for gender inclusive government policies.

Catalyzing Innovation for Strengthening Human Rights and Good Governance in Pandemics (CISAP)

Ventures Platform Startup Foundation

$57,000

To promote government transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services and advance government respect for human rights within the context of the Nigerian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization will tap into Nigeria’s growing innovation community to develop citizen centric initiatives to improve government’s policies and actions to address the crisis. It will launch an innovation challenge to solicit ideas for improved government responses, identify the best candidates, and mentor and guide the winners in implementing their programs.

Dataphyte: Promoting Open Government Data and Data Journalism

Interactive Initiative for Social Impact

$80,000

To foster a community of practice for the advancement of open government data and data journalism to promote accountability in Nigeria. The organization will work with government to improve capacity to document and share data, and to allay political opposition to sharing government data. Through its own data gathering, analysis, and dissemination, it will demonstrate the value of data journalism for media and civil society stakeholders working to deepen public sector accountability, strengthen civic engagement, and promote democratic governance in Nigeria.

Defending the Fundamental Human Rights of LGBT Nigerians

The Initiative for Equal Rights

$50,000

To protect and advance the fundamental human rights of the LGBT community in Nigeria and Africa. The organization will employ evidenced-based human rights advocacy to shape government laws and policies. It will continue its national LGBT rights support hotline; document and report on LGBT rights violations; and conduct advocacy campaigns that call on regional human rights bodies, the Nigerian state and public to uphold the human rights of the LGBT community.

Enabling Access to Government Policies & COVID-19 Response Tracking

Policy Vault Inc

$72,000

To make government policies accessible to civil society and the public to advance democratic, accountable, and transparent governance. The organization will compile, verify, and analyze government policies before disseminating them on its online platform, which it will upgrade with this grant. It will conduct civil society policy usage capacity building trainings. It will also create a COVID-19 dashboard to centralize information on government policy responses to the pandemic.

YMonitor Accountability Project

The Future Generation Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (Future Project)

$67,675

To provide citizens with sustained policy monitoring and debate to strengthen government transparency and accountability. Through its website dedicated to providing credible, accessible, and timely information on crucial policy debates and governance issues, the grantee will promote public discourse on government performance. It will also facilitate a series of public forums and employ diverse media platforms to facilitate public debate and education on policy discussions. Through these processes, it will continue to cultivate a network of engaged citizens who demand governance reform.

Institutionalizing a Culture of Fact-Checking in the Nigerian Media Space

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism

$50,515

To combat disinformation and misinformation and promote credible democratic discourse in Nigeria. The organization will host a fact-checking fellowship for journalists. It will then incorporate these journalists and their respective media institutions into its collaborative fact-checking platform. It will also train government officials on fact-checking and launch public media literacy campaigns to increase awareness about and resilience to fake news.

Investigative Reporting for Government Accountability

International Centre for Investigative Reporting

$50,000

To foster a culture of investigative and data driven journalism to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance in Nigeria. The organization will conduct investigative reporting on government policies and programs. Through this reporting, the grantee will educate civil society and the public on political challenges and mobilize a constituency for reform. The organization will also facilitate networking among investigative journalists across numerous media houses.

MyLG Project

The EiE Project Ltd/Gte

$49,385

To promote transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in local government. As recent legislation seeks to bolster local government autonomy, the organization will prepare citizens to engage local government authorities to shape local governance policy priorities. It will also educate local government officials on their roles and responsibilities. To achieve these aims, the organization will mobilize citizen journalists, train administrators, launch information campaigns, and facilitate community-government conversations to achieve these objectives.

Nothing about Us without Us

Leadtots and Human Development Services

$50,500

To foster youth and  women leadership networks with the requisite leadership and advocacy skills to shape government policy and demand government transparency and accountability; and to promote young women’s participation in the political process  The organization will mobilize youth into youth hubs that will launch advocacy and engagement campaigns to encourage government and political parties to address the under-representation of youth and women in politics in Northeast Nigeria. The organization will also host a series of summits to address barriers preventing women’s political participation.

Participate Today

Inclusive Friends Association

$75,500

To strengthen the capacity of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to advance their rights and participate in political processes and to improve government inclusion of and responsiveness to persons with disabilities. The organization will work with the electoral commission to improve voter accessibility and conduct voter education and mobilization campaigns for PWDs. It will also facilitate community-government dialogues on PWD political inclusion and policy priorities.

Promoting Civic Space & Accountability

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project

$100,000

To defend and advance civic space, and to increase government transparency and accountability, the organization will document abuses against activists and journalists. It will provide legal services to those under threat for freely expressing themselves and pursue public interest litigation to promote these freedoms. The organization will also conduct public education campaigns on freedom of information, government accountability and transparency, and the importance of civic space.

SDG 16 Innovation Challenge: Improving Access to Justice, Accountability, and Inclusion

Accountability Lab Nigeria

Supplement$56,000

To promote the participation of youth, especially young women, in governance, and to improve access to justice, accountability, and the rule of law in Nigeria. The organization will launch a youth focused innovation challenge to solicit ideas for creative approaches to promote Social Development Goal 16. The competition will support youth to develop ideas, build skills, and connect with other individuals and stakeholders working toward these shared goals.

Strengthening Inclusive Party Politics in Nigeria

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$500,000

To strengthen internal governance documents of major political parties at the national level in Nigeria, emphasizing the gap in representation for marginalized groups in decision making roles. The Institute will conduct an assessment of parties’ internal governance documents looking specifically at provisions related to inclusion of marginalized groups, and host strategy sessions with party leaderships to agree on steps to take to guarantee increased representation for marginalized groups. It will seek out opportunities for  marginalized populations in political parties to demonstrate leadership skills.

Strengthening Public Confidence in Nigeria’s Elections

Anvarie Tech (The Election Network)

$68,900

To strengthen citizens’ access to reliable election information, advance electoral reform, and build public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria. The organization will assess social media trends and in-house political analysis to assess electoral processes before, during, and after elections. It will use information from these two streams to deliver informative narratives on the conduct of elections to the Nigerian public. It will use its analysis and narratives to mobilize support for electoral reform.

Strengthening the Open Alliance Engagement in the Open Government Partnership

BudgIT Foundation for Promotion of Information Technology in Nigeria

$75,000

To strengthen civil society’s capacity to promote government transparency and accountability through the Open Government Process (OGP) in Nigeria. The organization will commission a case study on civil society’s role in engaging in the OGP process; conduct civil society capacity building trainings; monitor and assess implementation of the current OGP implementation framework; and conduct civic education campaigns on OGP for the public.

Strengthening the Voice of Informal Sector Workers

Solidarity Center (SC)

$178,000

To build the capacity of Nigerian unions, the center will expand the scope of their ability to organize, represent, and mobilize informal sector workers.  The project will provide the two largest trade unions with affiliates from the informal sector with technical assistance to expand their relationships with informal workers. The project will also improve the effectiveness of workers from the informal sector in conducting advocacy with authorities and other decision-makers to address workplace and governance issues prioritized by informal workers.  

Strengthening Youth Participation in Northern Nigeria

Young Leaders Network

Supplement$50,000

To strengthen the capacity of youth to participate in politics in northern Nigeria. The organization will foster an enabling environment in which youth and political leaders can engage in dialogue on good governance, accountability, and the need for political inclusion. The organization will educate and mobilize young democracy activists, leading them through civic and political party engagements aimed at opening up space for young men and young women in five constituencies located in Bauchi and Nasarawa states.

Strengthening Youth Political Participation in Northwest Nigeria

Organization for Community Civic Engagement

Supplement$50,000

To strengthen the capacity of youth to engage with political actors to promote political inclusion and public accountability in Northwest Nigeria. The organization will foster an enabling environment in which young Nigerians and political leaders can interact and engage in dialogues to discuss good governance, political accountability, and youth priorities with newly elected and appointed government officials. The grantee will conduct youth organization capacity building trainings, town hall meetings with government officials, advocacy campaigns, and media programs.

The Grassroots Newsroom Project

Sahara Reporters

$86,000

To strengthen the capacity of journalists and newsrooms at the state and local level to produce and publish investigative stories that advance government accountability. The organization will conduct investigative journalism trainings for local partners. It will then establish a journalist network to provide mentorship, editorial support, and peer learning to network members. Additionally, it will cross publish any stories that network members produce.