Our Members

  • CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNMENT The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organization. The purpose was to mobilize global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development processes in West Africa.
  • GLOBAL RIGHTS    Founded in 1978, Global Rights is a human rights organization working in partnership with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to build the grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations. Through teaching and training individual organizations and coalitions, we strengthen partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services.

 

  • BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights (BAOBAB) is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental women’s human rights organization, which focuses on women’s legal rights issues under the three systems of law – customary, statutory and religious laws – in Nigeria. The organization operates from a national office in Lagos, with outreach teams in 14 states across Nigeria. BAOBAB’s stated mission is “to promote women’s human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws.

 

  • SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS ACTION CENTER (SERAC) Established in May 1995, the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) is a Lagos-based non-governmental and nonpartisan organization concerned with the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights) in Nigeria. Through its four mutually reinforcing programs, SERAC seeks to build awareness about economic, social and cultural rights and explore strategies for securing their realization. In addition, SERAC aims at broadening individuals’ and communities’ access to, and strengthening their participation in the design and implementation of social and economic policies and programs that affect them.

 

  • WEST AFRICA NETWORK FOR PEACE BUILDING ;The West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) is a leading Regional Peace building organization founded in 1998 in response to civil wars that plagued West Africa in the 1990s. Over the years, WANEP has succeeded in establishing strong national networks in every Member State of ECOWAS with over 500 member organizations across West Africa.WANEP places special focus on collaborative approaches to conflict prevention, and peace building, working with diverse actors from civil society, governments, intergovernmental bodies, women groups and other partners in a bid to establish a platform for dialogue, experience sharing and learning, thereby complementing efforts at ensuring sustainable peace and development in West Africa and beyond.

 

  • GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT ACTION NIGERIA (GADA); Gender and Development Action (GADA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to gender equality and pursuit of sustainable development and social justice in Nigeria. Our work promotes greater understanding and proactive responses to gender and development issues through research, information documentation and dissemination, training, consultation, dialogue, advocacy and mobilization.

 

  • SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL; Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across six UN Centres, where our UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Our membership work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.

 

  • CATHOLIC INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT, JUSTICE AND PEACE; CIDJAP is a social organ of the Catholic Church, committed to the implementation of Catholic social teaching. It was founded in 1986 by Professor Monsignor Obiora Ike, who is still the institute’s director. CIDJAP implements its vision of empowerment, development and combating injustice through a vast range of activities and programme. CIDJAP’s work includes: prison and human rights work, primary and secondary health care, housing, community development, micro-credit schemes and many other activities targeted at those living in poverty in Nigeria.
  • LEGAL DEFENCE AND ASSISTANCE PROJECT ;The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) is a non-governmental organization of lawyers and Law professionals, engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has observer status with the Africa commission on human and peoples’ Rights and was established in 1997 by a group of pro-bono lawyers working to support political prisoners.
  • THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NBA) is a non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria. It is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
  • THE WEST AFRICAN NGO NETWORK (WANGONET) The West African NGO Network (WANGONET) was established in 2000 to harness and bring the benefits of the steadily evolving information and Communication Technology sector to Non-Governmental Organizations, Government Parastatals, Educational and Cultural Institutions and the Private Sector.

 

  • NIGERIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION; The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the enjoyment of human rights. Its establishment is aimed at creating an enabling environment for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights. It also provides avenues for public enlightenment, research and dialogue in order to raise awareness on human rights issues.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS LAW SERVICE; The Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) started in 1997 as a specialist provider of human rights legal services. Today, HURILAWS is also a public policy think-tank and pressure group working in partnership with multi-sector development and change actors to promote accountable and transparent governance in Nigeria.
  • FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL FEMALE LAWYERS; FIDA Nigeria is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organization made up of women lawyers called to the practice of Law in Nigeria. The organisation was formed in 1964 by Mrs. (Lady) Aduke Alakija in Nigeria, and is a member of FIDA International founded in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers from Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Unites States of America.
  • CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTER (CISLAC); Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research, and capacity building organisation. Its purpose is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues.
  • WOMEN ADVOCACY RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION CENTRE (WARDC); Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) is a non profit civil rights organization established in the year 2000 to promote respect for Human Rights, Gender Equality, Equity, Rule of Law, Accountability and Social Justice in Nigeria.
  • CIVIL RESOURCE AND DOCUMENTATION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CIRDDOC); The Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) Nigeria is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation established in 1996 for the protection and promotion of human rights and women’s human rights and the strengthening of civil society. CIRDDOC is also committed to the institutionalization of good governance, gender equality and the rule of law in Nigeria. CIRDDOC is registered under Part C of Companies and Allied Matters Act laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. (RC 10,928).
  • WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT AND PROTECTION ALTERNATIVE (WRAPA); Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) seeks to advance and protect the rights of women as provided by national laws and policies, regional and international treaties and agreement through an integrated approach that entrenches respect for the human dignity of the woman as well as her inclusion in decisions that affect her life and the development of her community.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION; The Human Rights Social Development Environmental Foundation is a leading Human Rights organisation whose vision is to be the foremost human and environmental right activist in a clean, green environmental conscious Nigeria where the rights and privileges of every one, irrespective of class, creed, social status or age is respected.
  • CENTER FOR WOMEN, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY ; The Centre for Women, Youth and Community Action (NACWYCA) is a Non-profit, Non-religious, Non-political and Non-governmental organization focused on the mobilization and empowerment of women, youth and communities for National development. It began operations on the 1st February 1999 and is presently registered with the Nasarawa State Government and the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja. The Centre has a Board of Directors made up of seven members who determine the policy directions of the Centre while the day-to-day administration of the Centre which lies with the management team (please refer to the organizational chart below).

 

  • PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITY ACTION NETWORK (PENDANET); Persons with Disabilities Action Network (PEDANET) Nigeria, Nigeria – Benin City, Edo State. Non-governmental, non-profit, organization that works at the national level and is mainly run by disabled people. To promote the rights, health and social well-being of Nigerians living with Disabilities in a sustainable environment.

 

  • CENTER FOR WOMEN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY ACTION (NACWYCA) Is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political and a non-governmental organization focused on the mobilization and empowerment of women, youth and communities to enhance their full participation in the process of development. It began operations on the 1st of February 1999 an is presently registered with the Nassarawa state government and the corporate affairs commission.

 

  • FOUNDATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS, ADVOCACY & DEVELOPMENT- FENRAD ; Foundation For Environmental Rights Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), an NGO whose focus are on environment, Human rights, community development, social justice, Good Governance, Education, Anti-corruption, Budget network and Tracking.

 

  • HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION (HURSDEF) is an independent non-governmental organization devoted to the enthronement and promotion of human rights, social justice and the emancipation of the less privileged and the down trodden in the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

 

  • INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW (IHRHL), established in August 1988, focuses on structural human rights education, conflict resolution, conflict prevention, research, public interest advocacy and documentation in Nigeria.  IHRHL works through a variety of approaches, such as conflict management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, with the overall aim to transform the existing conflict in the Niger Delta into sustainable peace by transforming the situation from the bottom up. As part of this programme

 

  • SOCIO ECONOMIC RIGHTS INITIATIVE (SERI) is a non-governmental organization whose objective is to promote the protection, respect, fulfillment and realization of human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights for all. The organization seeks to advance non-discrimination, adequate access to information, popular participation, gender and class equality, poverty reduction, and pro-poor concerns.

 

  •  PARTNERSHIP FOR JUSTICE: Partnership for Justice (PJ) is a non-profit membership organization of professionals who share a commitment to equality, justice and globalization of human rights standards. PJ works at all levels to offer services to victims of human rights violations and create linkages for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria.

 

  • ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND INFORMATION PROJECT AHIP – Is a youth focused non-governmental organization, was established in 1989 and commenced implementation of young people’s programme in 1992. The organisation later expanded its focus to include women. AHIP concentrates on development, health, social and economic issues as it relates to young people and women. … AHIP works to empower women and youth in Northern Nigeria through information, knowledge and life skills, which allow them to make responsible decisions about their health and well-being.

 

  • PRAWA is a Non-governmental organization aimed at promoting Security, Justice and Development in Africa. It was established in 1994 and in 1998 it secured observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

 

  • CITIZENS CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL RIGHTS (CCIDESOR) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan, non-ethnic and non–religious organization established to facilitate the attainment of social freedom, Human Rights, good governance and sustainable grassroots development in Nigeria
  • CHILDS RIGHT PROTECTIVE INITIATIVE (CRPI); The Child Rights Protection Initiative is a non-governmental organization working to promote Child Survival, Growth and Development by providing unique advocacy services in the area of Child Rights
  • CLEEN FOUNDATION; The CLEEN Foundation (formerly known as Centre for Law Enforcement Education) is  non-governmental organization established in January 1998 with the mission of promoting public safety, security and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications, in partnership with government, civil society and the private sector.

 

  • HEDA RESOURCE CENTRE; HEDA is a non-governmental , human rights and development organization  that advocates for the enforcement  of the socio-economic rights, presently regarded as fundamental objectives and directive  principles.

 

  • THE SOCIOECONOMIC RIGHTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT (SERAP) is a Nigerian nonprofit established in 2004 to promote human rights, transparency, and accountability in governance, using training, strategic litigation, and advocacy.

 

  • ECHOES OF WOMEN IN AFRICA INITIATIVE is a Nigerian Non-Governmental Women Human Rights Organization working to promote Peace and Security for African Women and Girls through social justice education, research and policy advocacy, survivors supports and regional partnership.

 

  • MEDIA CONCERN INITIATIVE -(MediaCon) is a Non – Governmental Organization working in the field of sexual violence prevention and crisis response in Nigeria and Africa. MediaCon was founded in 2000 by Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode, a survivor of Child Sexual abuse.

 

  • HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR is an independent, non-profit organization focused on defending and protecting human rights for all individuals with no discrimination based on ethnic, religion, origin, political opinion, colour, sex or race.

 

  •  AVOCATS SANS FRONTIÈRES (ASF), also known as Advocaten Zonder Grenzen, is an international NGO, active in the human rights and development sector. Created in 1992 by a group of Belgian lawyers, ASF’s main objective is the realization of institutions and mechanisms that facilitate access to independent and fair justice.

 

  • ACCESS TO JUSTICE (AJ) is a Nigeria-focused human rights organization based in Lagos founded in 1999. “AJ is a justice advocacy group working to defend the rights of equal and non-discriminatory access to courts of law, expand access of marginalized people to equal and impartial justice, etc.

 

  •  Kano State Civil Society Forum is a platform which brings together all Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations in Kano to address matters of common concern to the wellbeing of Kano People in particular.

 

  • NIGERIA NETWORK OF NGO’S (NNGO) was established in 1992 as a membership body to facilitate effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues.

 

  • The Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), established in 2009, is a leading nonprofit in Nigeria that promotes citizens’ access to public policy. It has a track record of successful policy advocacy initiatives and programs that facilitate civil society organizations’ engagement with public institutions.

 

  • The Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC), is a coalition of civil society organizations working to promote transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption in Nigeria

 

  • DEMOCRATIC ACTION GROUP (DAG) is a non-profit, non-religious and non-discriminatory  organization  based in Kano. Promoting the use of non-violence in conflict resolution. It is also involved in capacity building and skills enhancement projects in youth and women.

 

  • THE JUSTICE, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE CENTRE (JDPC) is an organizational structure of the Catholic Church, through which the Church responds to social issues affecting all men and women created in the image and likeness of God. The manner of this response is based on the Social Teachings of the Church (STC).

 

  • THE CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES (CSLS) is the leading UK institute for the study of law in societies. It is known world-wide for its innovative research and publications. More than a dozen researchers combine expertise to conduct empirical and theoretical studies of law in various social contexts.

 

  •  RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC LAW CENTRE was registered as a Trust in December 2006. Activities of the organization have consisted of advocacy and initiation of strategies for effective criminal justice administration in Nigeria. These activities have been managed by REPLACE in partnership with the Legal Aid Council.
  • OPEN SOCIETY JUSTICE INITIATIVE is an operational program of the Open Society grant, the justice initiative team of human rights lawyers and staff pursue legal wok that supports the broader mission and values of thr Open Society foundation since 2007, justice initiatives  have represented scores of individuals before domestic and international courts. In cases that have sought not only to vindicate individual claims but to establish and strengthen the laws protection.