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A Call for a Forensic Company to Supply & Install Forensics Laboratory Equipment For the Examination of Chemical Samples

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in
1997, and registered in Nigeria in 1999, as an independent, not-for-profit, research training,
advocacy and capacity-building organisation. The purpose was to mobilise global opinion and
resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on
the challenges posed to the democratisation and development processes in West Africa. Our goal
is to serve as the ultimate catalyst in the transformation of the West African sub-continent into an
integrated, economically vibrant and democratically governed community that assures holistic
security to the population and is capable of permanent peaceful conflict management.


Theme: A Call for a Forensic Company to Supply and install Forensics Laboratory
Equipment For the Examination of Chemical Samples under The Nigeria Anti-Corruption
Agencies Strengthening Initiative Project, Phase II (NACASIP II) implemented by CDD.


Location: Abuja-Nigeria
The Project
The Nigeria Anti-Corruption Agencies Strengthening Initiative Project (NACASIP II) seeks to
contribute to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of anti-corruption Agencies (ACAs) in
the fight against corruption, primarily through targeted capacity building, support for forensics
and evidence gathering, peer learning, information sharing, forging synergy and coordination
amongst the ACAs. The support focuses on five core ACAs amongst the over twenty-four
institutions with an anti-corruption mandate in Nigeria. The support will strengthen the ACAs to
perform their core duties of investigation, enforcement and prevention.


Key Responsibilities
 The Consulting company will be responsible for planning, designing, supplying,
configuring, installation of hard/software, setting up a chemical forensic laboratory, and
transfer of technical expertise to the anti-corruption agency by providing adequate
training and maintenance of equipment.
 Based on the need of the respective ACA, the consulting company will purchase, supply
and set up key project forensics chemical laboratory equipment for the organization in
line with the manufacturer’s specification
Training of personnel: Identify and train key relevant staff members of the selected
ACA on the use and maintenance of the equipment which must be accompanied with
detailed training manuals/tools and modules to be used and a post-installation and
maintenance mentoring program
 Lead in the installations of hardware and software and other key forensic chemical
laboratory equipment.
Reporting: Prepare and submit periodic activities, delivery and installation reports to
CDD on the ACA.

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Impact Assessment: The consulting company shall prepare periodic impact assessment
progress reports and activity reports in line with guidelines from the ACA.

Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The Consultant shall possess competencies in the following areas:
CDD hereby request the following information with relevant supporting documents, among
others:
i. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission
(CAC) including the most current status of Forms CAC2 and CAC7;
ii. Evidence of Company Income’s Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years
valid till 31st December 2021;
iii. Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December 2022;
iv. Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st
December 2022;
v. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate
valid till 31st December 2022;
vi. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants
and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on
31/12/2022 or valid Certificate issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
vii. Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the
Economic & Financial Crimes Commission or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a
former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to
confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars;
viii. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years – 2019, 2020 & 2021;
ix. Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter
from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating a willingness to provide credit
facility for the execution of the project when needed;
x. Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project,
including copies of their Academic/Professional qualifications (relevant document
showing evidence of dealings with manufacturers, permit to operate as oil industry
service company in the relevant bid area etc.)
xi. Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last ten
(10) years including Letters of Awards, Valuation Certificates of Job Completion and
photographs of the projects;
xii. List of Plants/Equipment with proof of Ownership/Lease (where applicable);

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xiii. Any other information deemed necessary by your good office e.g. work with any
defense or security organization


Application Closing Date
The closing date for the application is 22nd July, 2022
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should forward a proposal and budget to:
recruitment@cddwestafrica.org using “PROCUREMENT” in Capital Letters as the Subject.

Below is an updated list of the Proposed Item

ELECTORAL VIOLENCE, NIGERIAS MOST SIGNIFICANT THREAT

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Electoral violence is one of Nigeria’s most significant threats to free, fair, and credible elections. The effects of violence during elections include low voter turnout, the
emergence of an unpopular government and ultimately, the loss of lives and
properties. In the 2021 governorship elections in Anambra, the state witnessed a
spiraling of pre-election violence.

Therefore, under its Strengthening the Delivery of
Peace and Security (SDPS) Project funded by the UK AID, the Centre for Democracy and
Development implemented peace messaging in election contexts in English, Pidgin and Igbo
on radio and television stations in Anambra State

The Politics and Effectiveness of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria has been instrumental in charging and prosecuting senior political leaders and businessmen with political links, as well as in recovering and repatriating significant stolen resources for the Nigerian state. Yet it is also subject to frequent political interference, which reduces its effectiveness and means that it is often seen as an arm of the incumbent government, without an independent mandate.
Senior level officials of the EFCC, especially the chairman, are not immune from political pressures and prosecution rates have been falling as a result. These political links have become an obstacle to the credible and efficient functioning of the EFCC. In the over 400 convictions the EFCC has secured in the ten years of its existence, only about
four members of the political class have been successfully prosecuted, through dubious plea bargain deals. The organization has also recently started investigating fraud in the private sector and in some high-profile cases has been acting almost like a debt collection agency. This allows us to examine how bigger corporations interact with the EFCC and will enable us to interrogate the role of the private sector in entrenching political corruption.
The EFCC has seen significant success, which must be built upon. This project uses a combination of jurisprudence and political economy analysis, alongside focus groups with lawyers, to analyse the political processes that can influence the workings of the EFCC and identify the most feasible ways of insulating it for policy consideration.

Increasing Agricultural Productivity through Fertiliser use

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The importance of increasing inorganic fertiliser use in subSaharan Africa is generally accepted and fertiliser subsidy schemes have existed in Nigeria since the 1970s. These have typically been both expensive and unsuccessful, using up to 40% of the agricultural budget. In recent years, Nigerian governments have attempted two approaches: the first, the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme from 2012-2016, was an e-voucher scheme which entitled farmers to a 50% reduction on bags of fertiliser purchased from agro-dealers, who then recouped the subsidy amount from the state, receiving 25% each from the Federal and State governments. While seen as innovative, this scheme was very expensive, and reports of corruption indicated that fertiliser bags were frequently tampered with, reducing the quantity of effective ingredients and bag weights. This scheme was replaced by the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI), intended in part to deal with reports of corruption and increase volumes of fertiliser reaching farmers. Selected fertiliser blenders have been commissioned to mix 50kg bags according to a specific ratio of ingredients, including cheaper raw materials
negotiated through a bi-lateral deal with the Moroccan government. While this effective subsidy to fertiliser producer companies, and clear marking of the price on the fertiliser bags seems to reduce resource leakages, reports suggest that the new bags of fertiliser are not reaching farmers, and instead an active black market trade has been established. Without agro-dealers acting as middlemen, corruption is reduced but the subsidy is not effective in reaching farmers and increasing agricultural productivity.
This ACE project will seek to identify anti-corruption strategies that increase productivity through fertiliser use by conducting a close comparative evaluation of the two schemes. We are working with the national fertiliser producers organisation (FEPSAN) and other national agricultural associations to understand how pricing and incentives can be realigned in order to make the current fertiliser regime self-sustaining, reduce its vulnerability to black-market trading and smuggling and increase uptake by farmers. To do this we will explore the political economy

Download: https://www.cddwestafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ACE-NI-Fertilisers-2pp-A4-Leaflet-Jun19-Proof02.pdf

PRESS RELEASE: THE 2019 BUHARIMETER SURVEY

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Focus on the Jobs, Economy and Security – Nigerians urge President Buhari

 

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) has recently released the 2019 Buharimeter Survey report. The report amongst other findings identified Job creation, economy, security and poverty alleviation as the most important policy priorities that Nigerians want President Buhari’s administration to address over the next four years of his 2nd democratically elected tenure. Overall, the two broad themes seeking critical attention from public opinion are: the revamping of the country’s economy and improving the state of security.

Buharimeter 2019 Survey Report

The past surveys by CDD appraised the performance of President Buhari’s administration and track achievements against campaign promises. However, this latest survey, which marks the 4th in the series of annual perception surveys by the Centre, sought to provide the government with a Citizens’ Road Map of key policy priorities that Nigerians expect the president and his administration to address over the next four years. The survey was conducted on behalf of CDD by Africa Polling Institute (API), and fieldwork was undertaken between the 24th April and 20th May 2019. A total of 5,019 Citizens above 18 years were interviewed from a nationally representative sample covering the 36 states and the FCT. We also interviewed experts on economy and security.

Buharimeter 2019 Survey Report

From the survey, Nigerians were asked to identify the 1st, 2nd and 3rd most important policy priorities. The findings clearly revealed that job creation (35 percent) and security (24 percent) are the top two 1st most important policy priorities that Nigerians across gender, age group, locality and geopolitical region want President Buhari to focus on in the next 4 years. On average, emphasis on job creation was stronger in the South (38 percent) than the North (33 percent), while emphasis on security is stronger in the North (33 percent) than the South (14 percent). The highest demand for job creation was from the South-West and North-Central (42 percent for both), while the highest demands for security were from North-East (40 percent) and North West (37 percent).

The 2nd most important policy priorities are, likewise, job creation (17 percent) and security (15 percent) and the ranking holds across gender and age group with exception of the elderly above 64 years whose policy priorities are healthcare (28 percent) and security (15 percent). Also, while job creation (20 percent) and security (16 percent) are uniformly top priorities in the Northern zones, the leading priorities are job creation and economy (15 percent for each priority) in South East and South South; and security (21 percent) and job creation (12 percent) in the South West. In terms of locality, job creation (19 percent) is ranked above security (13 percent) in rural areas; security (18 percent) was ranked above job creation (15 percent) in semi-urban areas; while the two are ranked equally (16 percent each) in urban areas.

The findings show that poverty eradication (13 percent) and economy (12 percent) are the 3rd most important policy priorities on aggregate. While the aggregate priority ranking holds among women, men ranked poverty eradication and electricity (12 percent for both) as top priorities. The top priorities also vary across geopolitical zone: education (19 percent) and job creation (16 percent) in North East; economy (13 percent) and security (12 percent) in North West; electricity (14 percent) and economy (13 percent) in North central; corruption (14 percent) and poverty eradication (13 percent) in South East; electricity (13 percent) and a mix of infrastructure, economy and poverty eradication (12 percent each) in South South; while education and electricity are ranked equally (16 percent each) in South West.

On the issue of security, the leading and most prevalent security challenge affecting Nigerians is kidnapping (24 percent). Next is book haram and other insurgencies (19 percent), cultism, political thuggery, hooliganism and terrorism (18 percent), armed robbery, theft or burglary (17 percent) and the farmers-Fulani herdsmen crisis (12 percent). While most attention is currently focused on insurgency, it is very clear from the findings that Nigerians are besieged by a multifaceted security crisis

Given the prominence of job creation, which is a derivative of a strong economy, and security as top most important policy priorities that Nigerians want President Buhari to address, the survey also sought policy recommendations to tackle those issues from survey respondents and experts in the areas of economy and security.

On the issue of job creation, the top recommendations elicited by survey respondents require the government to pursue a youth-sensitive job creation program (39 percent), stimulate industrial expansion through both local investments and foreign direct investments (15 percent), and take steps to revive companies that closed down during the recent recession (7 percent). Given that the unemployment problem has both demand and supply side dimensions, experts are of the opinion that supply-side challenges must also be addressed head-on. They recommend urgent steps to overhaul the education system in order to make it more responsive to the needs of industry and improve the quantity and quality of the workforce being pushed into the labor markets every year.

To tackle the security challenges, experts recommend that Government comes up with a clearly defined national security strategy that is both comprehensive and effective in responding to the country’s security challenges. They recommend the need for the President to urgently formulate and implement comprehensive reform of the security and rule of law sectors. This needs to be complemented by constitutional and administrative reforms that will guarantee citizens’ rights, curb corruption, improve transparency and accountability, and enhance service delivery. They recommend the President to establish an intelligence-led security infrastructure with the following elements: i) a more responsive security system that involves redeployment of all security personnel into smaller bases (more spread out) such that every area in the regions can be reached within a short time; ii) use of drones to provide 24hrs sky level coverage of trouble spots and regions; iii) development of security teams that recruit ordinary people in each local government area in the regions with the teams including farmers, market sellers, traders, etc, equipped with an analogue phone, whose charge can last weeks, with pre-programmed numbers to call. The human agents will become a key part of an early warning system that will alert the control room of a problem in their area or of the presence of attackers.

When asked about options to curb corruption, most of the respondents (25%) advised the government to arrest, jail and possibly apply the death penalty to offenders of the country’s anti-corruption code as a strategy to tackle the deep-rooted problem of corruption. The option to put in place measures to bring bribery of officials to a halt and apply the policy of zero tolerance for corruption was advocated by 12% of the respondents. One-in-ten (10%) of respondents advised the government to focus on job creation, poverty reduction and economic development while a similar percentage advocated for good governance, justice and fairness to all citizens.

When asked about the legacy they would like President Buhari to leave behind after his tenure comes to an end, 23 percent of Nigerians want the president to leave a legacy of good governance, good leadership and fulfilment of promises made; 17 percent wants a country with strong and stable economy; and 13 percent wants a legacy of jobs and business opportunities. Given the links between jobs and business opportunities and the strength and stability of the economy, it implies that a combined 30% of respondents desire a legacy of sustained economy growth and stability. In effect, the leading legacy that Nigerians want from President Buhari is a strong and stable economy that is creating jobs and economic opportunities. Others include a legacy of improved security (10 percent); corruption-free country (9 percent); peaceful and united country (6 percent); constant power supply (5 percent); infrastructural improvement (5 percent), improved educational system at reduced costs (3 percent); food sufficiency (2 percent), improved healthcare (2 percent).

Idayat Hassan

Director, CDD-West Africa

Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in Nigeria

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is implementing a project named: Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in Nigeria: The project is sponsored by Trust Africa, basically aimed to increase public debate and discussion on the phenomenon of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in Nigeria also, bring to public awareness the conduit at which illicit financial flows is being perpetrated in Nigeria.
Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) is globally defined as the unrecorded and mostly untaxed illicit leakage of capital and resources out of a country. In conceptualizing IFFs ‘illicit’ can be equated with ‘illegal’, so that IFFs are the illegal movements of cash or assets from one country to another. The World Bank used similar descriptions of IFFs in their publications. Broadly, GFI defines IFFs as funds crossing borders that are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilized.  It is illicit, if the flow breaks a law at any point.
Simply the broader definition of IFFs encompasses tax evasion, particularly by multinational corporations (MNCs). This is because the strong corporate lobby has largely shaped the very design of tax laws around the world. Exercising their economic and political influence on countries, they can define what type of tax avoidance is considered legal or illegal in different countries according to their profit interests.
Three Main Types of IFFs:
Proceeds from corrupt dealings: For example, bribes by corporations to secure public contracts/permits or false declaration of corporate profits in order to evade tax payment, especially by extractive industries such as mining and oil exploration.
Proceeds from criminal activities: A system of bank secrecy is necessary to conceal the origins of illegally obtained money (e.g. from human trafficking or sale of illegal arms), typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses – a process known as “money laundering”.
Proceeds from commercial tax abuse: tax abuse includes both tax evasion and tax avoidance by corporations and wealthy elites by using, for example, anonymous shell companies in secrecy jurisdictions that hide who the beneficial owners really are and/or obscure information from tax authorities. Another form of commercial tax abuse is to over quote imports or under quote exports, to hide the real value of products, and therefore profits – a process known as “trade mispricing”.
The project, leverage on Vision Fm radio frequency coverage in other to disseminate issues around illicit financial flows.

De-Radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration in Northern Nigeria (DCM)

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with financial support from the government of Japan through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is implementing a project named: De-Radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration in Northern Nigeria (DCM). The project aims at supporting the security agencies and civil society organizations in developing and disseminating counter-radical narratives to radical ideologies of fundamentalist groups in Nigeria.  It intends to address increasing distrust between the security agencies and the communities which has further accentuated the emergence of extremists and rendered ineffective government’s counter-terrorism measures, including the prevention of irregular migration. This Project will therefore focus on capacity-building and networking first for critical security institutions involve in stabilising the geographical areas recovered by Nigerian government through its security institutions. The activities will be carried out across ten communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe who have been to be viable communities for the project. The concerned Agencies are: The Nigeria Police Force (NPF); Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Force (NSCDF); National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

Strengthening Citizens’ Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project

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  1. Strengthening Citizens’ Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project was an initiative of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), commenced a project called anti-corruption in Nigeria called ‘ACORN’. These have three pillars which include System, sanctions (government policies and society (Public sector involvement). The UK government wants to ambitiously contribute to the Nigerian anti-corruption campaign, in which the project will run for 5 years 2017-2022. These also fall between the theory of change and better livelihood of citizens. These are patronage and nepotism among the elite which promotes rent based politics settlement, weak legal framework and institutions etc. Therefore, UK government take an approach to engaged CSOs and other public institutes, which the government engaged 3 consortiums ActionAid, CDD and CCPL.  In other to contribute to a reduction in corruption within Nigeria etc. this project is expected to build public demands and attitudes for anticorruption through a lot of means. He said there has not been a plain ground between supply and demand options, where supply is government making policies and making after corrupt individuals and demand is the people thinking of shouting on the policymaker to act.

Corruption prospers due to the poor legal framework to implement sanctions. Discussing issues related to anti-corruption on the corridor of power makes government officials see civil society as an enemy. Who is out on a witch-hunting mission? There is no meeting point between governments and civil societies Innovations: this is to have a collective action which requires that people attitudes change to ending corruption. No more government, CSOs, Women group and Media fighting from different ends. He stated that already SCRAP-C is in six states namely Borno, Kaduna, Lagos, Kano/Jigawa, Enugu and FCT.

Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Project

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 CDD is a member of Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium. The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) research programme – led by SOAS, University of London – takes an innovative approach to anti-corruption policy and practice. ACE is responding to the serious challenges facing people and economies affected by corruption by generating evidence that makes anti-corruption real and using those findings to help policymakers, business and civil society adopt new, feasible, high-impact strategies to tackle corruption. The Centre is working on three major research areas focusing rent-seeking in power sector (https://ace.soas.ac.uk/?p=2136), fertilizer subsidy   (https://ace.soas.ac.uk/?p=419)   and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (https://ace.soas.ac.uk/?p=416) in Nigeria.
The project is supported by the Department for International Development (DfID)

Regional Workshop on ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy

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The Centre with support through the Access Nigeria Project implemented a series of activities to build efforts and cohesion to tackle the scourge of violent extremism in Nigeria and beyond. The Project trained selected civil society and media experts from Nigeria and countries of the ECOWAS and the Sahel on their role in tackling terrorism and rising insecurity in the region. The goal was to equip them with requisite knowledge and skills on the regional frameworks on terrorism and facilitate networking for enhanced media and civil society contribution to the prevention and combating of terrorism in the region. The project also engages key stakeholders involved in combating terror and insurgent groups in the North East Nigeria on dialogues. These dialogues addressed human rights issues, civilian protection and social security among other things.

WEST AFRICA TRENDS: MONITORING TO INFLUENCE POSITIVELY

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The overall objective of the project is to enhance knowledge and information flows among the policy community, civil society, the academia, government and other stakeholders in West Africa on future trends, horizon scanning and scenario building for the purpose of anticipating problems and adapting measures that would promote democracy consolidation and people-centred development.
A key component of the project is the “ West Africa Insight” published bi-monthly..

MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECOWAS COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY

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An active terrorist group is not a new phenomenon for many countries in West Africa but what is new is the increasing threat in the Sub-region. It has become one of the biggest threats to peace and security within the West Africa region. In north eastern Nigeria alone, over 17,000 people have been killed and 1,538,982 displaced as at April 2015. In Mali, terrorist onslaught has displaced 102,000 with 136,000 seeking refuge in Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Currently, most countries within the ECOWAS block are drained of security infrastructure. In response, affected countries have resorted to the use of national Army who are often ill-equiped and ill-trained in asymmetric warfare or human rights observation in operation. For instance, Mali’s national government forces were almost overwhelmed in field battle against insurgents in 2012 until the establishment of an Africa-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).
Particularly in Nigeria where the insurgency has reached advanced levels; spreading into neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, the observance of human rights abuses by the parties involved has become necessary. Often time, these abuses are neither reported nor heard of. Fortunately, there are codes of conduct, rules of engagement, strategies and laws that government security forces are often expected to observe in battle field, again, little or no monitoring and enforcement has given room for impunity.
More so, the people who are most affected by these excesses of government forces and insurgents, have not been able to register abuses or seek redress owing to ignorance of extant laws and policies within Nigeria and the region. While resort to human rights abuses may be the product of frustration owing to lack of requisite skills and equipment, many government troops have not been trained on human rights issues. In Nigeria, the National Human Rights Commission alone has indicted the military on two occasions (the Baga Killing in 2012 and the Apo killing in 2014). This is couple with various international reports from Amnesty International, the United States Department of States, among other reports.
Although the ECOWAS and various member states have attempted policies and laws to approach the threat of insurgency within the region and to ensure state obligations in observance of human rights, the level of state implementation of the ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy for instance is largely unknown owing to lack of public information. Again, there is a seemly nonexistence of data around these issues of casualties, perpetrators and location. While these abuses abounds, there are slim engagements between the civil society and security forces on the one hand and on the other hand, monitoring, advocacy, training and enforcement of relevant national and regional policies and laws of the ECOWAS by Member and Observer States.
The objective of the project is increase civil society’s credibility by building a sustainable multi-country, civil society network in West Africa of “best practices sharing” and peer learning. The project is poised towards bridging these gaps. These gaps namely data gathering and documentation, monitoring of the level of implementation of the ECOWAS CTS, training CSOs and the Media to monitor and report compliance with ECOWAS CTS and advocacy to push for further implementation of the CTS. In many ways, this project would help to enlighten the larger world through a global reporting platform on incidences, casualties, perpetrators and responses. In turn, the information that will come with the platform is expected to provoke discussions that will enhance regional commitment to the CTS at levels..

Buharimeter

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#Buharimeter (www.buharimeter.ng) is a monitoring tool that enables Nigerians around the globe to keep tab on the status of implementation of over 200 campaign promises of President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The initiative aims to address the challenges of governance, civic participation and effective service delivery in Nigeria by ensuring that the current government is held accountable to its campaign promises. It is an independent, unbiased and non-political monitoring platform and provides alternative opinion about government policy, where necessary. By analysing data gathered through tracking of media reports; policy analysis; opinion polling; and rating government performance, we hope to empower Nigerians to take an active role in making the APC-led government live up to its campaign promises. Kindly visit www.buharimeter.ng/report to read about our reports on the performance of present administration..

Open Minds

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The Open Minds Nigeria Project is a program initiated to engage youth in schools and vocational centres with sustainable skills through training, mentoring and training of trainers, reaching the broader population of Nigerian youths through public debate and substantial media outputs. The project uses the tools of civic education, instruction in critical thinking, media production and public debate to help young people – girls and boys – navigate their own way to positive futures: thus thinking constructively about social issues, engaging in supportive networks, and developing their skills for future employability. In the short and long term, the project is intended to equip the beneficiaries with knowledge and capacity that will ensure they do not become easy recruit of violent ideologies and doctrines.
This project is being implemented with the International Peace and War Reporting (IWPR), Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). As the hub of research and training, CDD is implementing the research component/field work of the project which is design to enrich other activities on the project.