Nigeria Humanitarian Fund Strengthens Skills of 30 Emergency Local Organisations in North-East
Thirty staff members of Nigerian CSOs providing life-saving assistance in crisis-affected Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states were trained on 26 February by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in project monitoring and reporting for the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF). The workshop aimed to build the skills of Nigerian organisations that play a vital role in responding to the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
“The workshop provided us with the skills needed for narrative and financial reporting, including data collection, monitoring and evaluation. It is great to partner with such a fund, as it is a window for us to provide the most urgent basic services to people most in need,” said James Tizhe Siggi, Programme Manager at the Nigerian non-governmental organisation Agaji Global Unity Foundation (AGUF), and a board member of the National Association of NGOs (NANGO), in Adamawa State. “The international community, and especially the United Nations, are extremely supportive of the national NGOs in Nigeria.”
The NHF national partner workshops, though focusing primarily on the NHF’s processes, are intended to more broadly expand their technical expertise, knowledge, and capacity.
“This was the first in a series of capacity support workshops for NHF national partners. While international NGOs can draw on the technical expertise and knowledge of a regional or headquarters office, national partners do not have access to such re-sources,” explained Elizabeth Whitehead, Pooled Fund Manager at OCHA Nigeria. “By including participants working on both programme and finance aspects of their organization, this workshop enabled the two technical areas to understand more clearly how their work is related.”
In 2019, the NHF prioritized strengthening and elevating engagement of national civil society organizations. A total of 41 organisations are now eligible partners for the NHF, among which 44 per cent are national NGOs. The NHF funded 19 national NGO partner projects in 2019.
“NHF is a really important source of funding for us as local organizations. It gives us the opportunity to strengthen ourselves as organisations as it allows us to include organizational development in our budget lines, unlike some other funds,” highlighted Kingsley Okbapi, Programme Manager for Jireh Doo Foundation (JDF). “The OCHA Nigeria team managing the fund has really done a lot of work to give local organisations a chance to access funding. This has a direct and positive effect on people in need as we directly implement projects and provide assistance, being the closest to the most vulnerable people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.”
In 2019, the NHF prioritized life-saving assistance to people arriving from areas where violent attacks regularly occur, and to internally displaced persons as well as host communities. In October 2019, the NHF announced a supplementary funding allocation of US$18.2 million to provide urgent aid in significantly under-funded areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene or protection.
Seventeen donor countries and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) have contributed $99 million to the NHF since it became operational in May 2017. This generous support enabled $24 mil-lion in 2017; $36 million in 2018 and $28.1 million in 2019 to be allocated to provide urgent and life-saving humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.