Search for Common Ground was founded in 1982 and works to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. SFCG operates in 35 countries worldwide. SFCG has worked for nearly 10 years in Nigeria with offices in Abuja, Jos, Maiduguri and Port-Harcourt.
About the project
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) secured an 18-month cost extension grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) to modify the existing contract “Constructing Coalitions to Reduce Human Rights Abuses by Security Forces in Nigeria” to the project “Expanding Initiatives to Reduce Human Rights Abuse by Security Forces in Northern Nigeria”.
The overall goals of the project is expanding engagement and advocacy processes and enabling local CSOs to effectively address human rights abuses perpetrated by security forces in Borno and Adamawa State. This goal is still supported by three specific objectives, highlighted below with their expected results:
• Strengthen the capacity of CSOs and the NHRC in human rights monitoring, reporting, and advocacy.
1.1 Improved operational capacity of target CSOs and the NHRC in human rights monitoring, reporting and advocacy.
1.2 Increased citizen knowledge on human rights and the work of key stakeholders to promote them.
• Establish a platform between the NHRC, CSOs, and judicial actors for effective action on issues related to human rights.
2.1 Increased collaboration between CSOs in each target state for more effective action on human rights issues.
2.2 Increased collaboration between NHRC, CSOs, and judicial actors in each target state for more effective action on human rights issues
• Improve communication and understanding between affected communities, key stakeholders, and security actors on issues related to human rights.
3.1 Improved behavioral capacity of security forces to understand and respect human rights principles.
3.2 Increased dialogue between affected communities, key stakeholders, and security actors on issues related to human rights.
The objectives are supported by key sets of activities:
Act. 1.1.1 Interactive Radio Programming in Borno, Adamawa and Diffa
Act. 1.2.1 Support Outreach to Displaced Populations
Act. 2.1.1 Forward Looking Dialogues on Protection of Holy Sites and Elections Violence Prevention in Bauchi Town and Jos City
Act. 2.2.2 – Act. 2.2.5: Integrate Borno and Adamawa Actors into DRL CSO Platform
Act. 3.1.1 Resiliency Training Workshops
Act. 3.1.2 Stakeholder Forums in Borno and Adamawa States
The Project aims to extend the geographical scope of SFCGs accountability initiatives and further bolster the CSO platform currently under construction in Plateau and Bauchi States. SFCG aims to leverage forward-looking investments in CSO staff and community leaders through targeted trainings in Borno and Adamawa States in order to build their capacity to own and address human rights issues, while simultaneously drawing relevant regional actors into a burgeoning network of empowered human rights activists spanning four states. The project also aims to bring displaced populations into the networks ambit by assisting partner organizations in extending their programming initiatives across the border to difficult to reach areas like Diffa, Niger.
The project is being implemented in partnership with the NBA and other partners.
To apply, please submit the following information to Nigeria@sfcg.org and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 3, 2015: