14th NNNGO Annual Conference

The 14th NNNGO Annual Conference will be back to Lagos on December 3, 2014. Last year, attendees of the Annual  Conference    came from the six geopolitical zones of the country. A major civil society gathering in Nigeria, the NNNGO Annual  Conference    provides opportunity for civil society organizations in Nigeria to discuss and highlight effective ways of  strengthening the 3rd   sector space.

The 2012 Annual Conference of the Network was about reviewing past relationships and partnerships with government/private sector, present and future opportunities. Participants at this year’s event will include representatives of NGOs, grassroots constituencies, media, private sector, donors, government agencies and other significant stakeholders.

In 2013, the Conference highlighted effective ways in which civil society organizations in partnership with other actors (government, donors and the private sector) can evolve alternative sources of funding for development under the theme: Evolving with our Sector: Finding Alternatives to Funding our Work.

The 2014 edition of the Conference is set against the backdrop of recent happenings in the country as it relates to civil society regulation and different Bills in the National Assembly seeking to regulate the work of Nigerian NGOs. In April and June 2014, two Bills (Foreign Contributions Bill and NGO Regulatory Agency Bill) were read on the floor of the National Assembly, with both Bills seeking to regulate the work of NGOs. The Bills as conceived remain a threat to the work of NGOs and the wider civil society community.

Purpose: The 14th Annual Conference will take place at a critical time in the history of our work as the National Assembly seeks to regulate how Nigerian NGOs receive and utilize funds including how to coordinate and monitor NGOs. Beyond the Bills there has been an increased call for NGO transparency and accountability by various stakeholders.

The purpose of the 14th Annual Conference is to expand knowledge of civil society organizations and governments on CSO regulations, best practices and innovations in order to spark a healthy debate on improving the regulatory environment for Nigerian CSOs. A conference report capturing an ambitious plan for improving CSO legitimacy, transparency and accountability will be produced.

Keynote address at the Conference will be delivered by Dr. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, Minister of National Planning, followed by a panel discussion comprising of the Registrar General-Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Executive Chairman-Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Director- Special Control Unit on Money Laundering (SCUML).

71% of participants at the Conference will be Executive Director’s of Non-Governmental Organizations drawn from the six geo-political zones of the Country. 17% are Programme Managers and another 11% Administrative Staff’s.  The 14th Annual Conference will provide a valuable network-building opportunity and a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and engage NGOs, policy makers, government agencies in charge of NGO regulations, diverse experts, and organizations on best practices and innovations for regulating the work of NGOs.

The Conference is organized by the Nigeria Network of NGOs in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).  Registration is required, to register please email nnngo@nnngo.org with “Conference” as your subject line.

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