Who We Are

Voice to the People is funded by UK aid will be delivered by a partnership of state-level and national organisations led by Christian Aid.

Voice to the People is part of the UK aid’s Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) programme which seeks to reform how governments organise their core business of making, implementing, tracking (and accounting for) policies, plans and budgets used in delivering public goods and services to the citizenry, and how citizens themselves engage with these processes.

Sitting under the ‘Engaged Citizens’ pillar of PERL, Voice to the People is delivered by a consortium of national, state and community based organisations led by international development agency, Christian Aid. It is funded by UK aid from the UK government.

Christian Aid began work in Nigeria in 2003, and in the last few years, it has moved towards a more structural approach, incorporating governance and advocacy into all its work.

Christian Aid has a reputation in Nigeria as an organisation which respects its local partners, delivers quality and cost-effective programmes, and is willing to learn from, and share its learning with, others.

Christian Aid Nigeria believes society changes through people’s increased knowledge and capacity to make informed and empowered decisions about their lives, take collective action which challenges the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty, inequality and injustice, and develop their own solutions to the problems they face.

Our partners on the project are:

Christian Aid is an international organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.

We have an integrated approach to poverty eradication, working worldwide on humanitarian relief, long-term development, specific advocacy issues and campaigns to expose the scandal of poverty by challenging and changing systems and institutions that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities, supporting projects on the basis of need, not religion, ethnicity or nationality.

We work with, and through, partners including civil society organisations, research institutions, churches, faith groups and social movements, as well as governments, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

In 2011/12, Christian Aid gave grants to 578 partner organisations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean. Our total income was £95.5m ($b998m), including £36.7m ($b384m) in funding from governments and other institutions.

Our new global strategy
At Christian Aid, we believe human action is responsible for the underlying causes of poverty and that when people work together, the world can be changed. This thinking has framed our new corporate strategy, Partnership for Change.

We believe that at the root of poverty is a lack of power – the power to have your say and be heard, or to know your rights and demand them. It is clear to us that poverty can be eradicated only through helping people secure power to help themselves.

Christian Aid in Nigeria

Since Christian Aid began work in Nigeria in 2003, our focus has been on community health and HIV, accountable governance and conflict reduction, climate change and pro-poor energy. Working largely through church partners, the programme has had a strong emphasis on service delivery.

But we have now moved towards a more structural approach, incorporating governance and advocacy into all of our work, and seeking to integrate our programmatic areas.

Our achievements include:

  • The ongoing Department for International Development-funded Strengthening Community Health and HIV programme, which through community-based volunteers reaches a million people with integrated health education interventions.
  • The ongoing Nets for Life programme, which since 2008 has provided education on malaria prevention and distributed 930,000 bed nets to more than 475,000 households.
  • The ongoing Power to the People project in Anambra State, part of DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) work, which alongside interfaith governance work in Kaduna State has built the capacity of marginalised communities to claim their rights and hold government accountable.
  • The USAID-funded Community Care in Nigeria orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project (2007-2010), which provided a comprehensive support package to more than 15,000 OVCs and caregivers.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded Copenhagen and Beyond project (2009-2011), which supported the formulation of Nigeria’s position on climate change, including development of the first African Climate Change Commission Bill.

Christian Aid has a reputation in Nigeria as an organisation which respects its local partners, delivers quality and cost-effective programmes, and is willing to learn from, and share its learning with, others.

Building a movement for change

Christian Aid Nigeria believes society changes through people’s increased knowledge and capacity to make choices which influence their beliefs and behaviours, alongside collective action which challenges the systems and structures that perpetuate poverty and inequality.

We believe our new strategy will contribute to:

  • Poor and marginalised people making informed and empowered decisions about their lives and engaging meaningfully in their own development
  • Civil society acting as an effective counterweight to government and the private sector
  • Greater accountability and responsiveness of government and greater inclusion of women and marginalised groups in traditional decision making structures

Click here for more information about Christian Aid Nigeria.

  • National

    African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development

    The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) is a leading national NGO in Nigeria building strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa. They focus on research, capacity building and advocacy and campaigns. The centre’s main programme areas are leadership training, strategy and development and they have worked on national development strategies (National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) and Vision 20:2020), sectoral strategies, policy briefs and media advocacy and have supported several international and national organisations to develop strategic plans. Centre LSD implements development programmes across Nigeria at community, state, national and international levels.

    Development in Practice

    DiP is a development organisation working across Nigeria to support the work of development actors, governments, communities and organisations in achieving positive social change. Its work includes research, incubating new development organisations, consulting around the programme cycle and most importantly, building the capacity of citizens and institutions and strengthening systems which ensure people-centred development and human rights for excluded groups, especially women.

  • Anambra

    Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Awka Diocese

    JDPC Awka is a Catholic faith-based, not for profit organisation based in the state capital of Anambra. It has offices in 168 parishes, giving it a wide reach and presence. JDPC Awka works in the areas of democracy and good governance, civil education, advocacy, community mobilisation and sensitisation.

    Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Nnewi Diocese

    JDPC Nnewi, part of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, promotes and upholds respect and dignity for women and men. Its work covers four local government areas in Nnewi and includes women’s empowerment through micro credit, strengthening women’s voices through advocacy and providing loans to farmers for food security.

    Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Onitsha Diocese 

    Justice, Development and Peace Commission Onitsha (JDPC Onitsha) is an organisation of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha which works through social and human development programmes with a focus on democracy and good governance. In Nigeria, UK aid’s Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) project was successfully implemented by JDPC Onitsha in Anambra. JDPC’s key achievements include: national accreditation as domestic election observers; access to communities, local and state MDAs; establishing a network of volunteer community-based monitors in all its target communities; use of power analysis to build inclusive decision making at community, local and state levels; institutionalisation of town hall meetings and other interfaces between communities and state actors; and the development and use of a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach to government projects.

  • South-East

    Hope Givers Initiative (HOG-I)

    Hope Givers Initiative (HOG-I) is an indigenous NGO based in Enugu, with offices in Ebonyi and Anambra state. The organization’s vision is to see a society where children, women and youths are treated equally with access to the basic necessities of life regardless, of status or social background. Its thematic areas are: gender, human rights and governance, peer education programme in schools and communities and FLHE, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support of PLWHA, OVC and PABAs.

    Justice Development and Peace/Caritas Commission (JDPC) Enugu Diocese

    JDPC Enugu is a faith-based organization whose main purpose is to promote social justice, equality and development of the human persons. Established in 1986, JDPC Enugu has a wide reach and presence within communities in the state.

    Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) 

    WACOL is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation dedicated and committed to helping women and young people whose rights are threatened and / or have been denied and who are subjected to physical, mental, and/or sexual abuse.  Founded in 1997, WACOL aims to increase legal protection and fight for better choices for abused women and children. The organisation is gender conscious and work towards gender equality and human rights for all.

    Youth Education on Human Rights and Civil Responsibilities (YEHRCR)

    With its head office located in Enugu, YEHRCR is focused civic education and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups. One of its key strategies is ensuring that young people have access to education. It also has extensive experience in working with the media and facilitating platforms for citizens and vulnerable groups to speak and be heard by their leaders.

  • Kaduna

    Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LEADS)

    Formed in 1996 as League of Democratic Women and registered as LEADS NIGERIA and Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LAWN) the organisation seeks to address gaps in interventions on issues affecting women and other marginalized groups fundamental rights and capacity to participate in governance and human development. LEADS uses  legal empowerment, capacity strengthening, social mobilization for policy reforms, Legislative advocacy, free legal assistance, mentoring youths, counselling and representation, research and publications to achieve these objectives.

    Gender Awareness Trust (GAT)

    GAT previously known as Gender Action Team is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-partisan and non-profit organization established in 2000. Its vision is to see an innovative, just and developed society free from all forms of discrimination.

V2P is funded by UK aid, from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). UK aid helps the world’s poorest people to change their lives and the poorest countries to grow their way out of poverty.

DFID is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid, working in partnership with developing countries to promote development and reduce extreme poverty. DFID works with governments of developing countries, as well as NGOs, businesses and international bodies, including the World Bank, UN agencies and the European Commission.

DFID supports long-term programmes to help tackle the underlying causes of poverty. In 2008/09, the department provided £5.5 billion aid to poorer countries. By 2013, the equivalent of 0.7% of the UK’s gross national income will be dedicated to development assistance, from 0.36% in 2007/08.

DFID works in Nigeria to help the country meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015. Nigeria has a quarter of Africa’s extreme poor, with about 100 million of a population of 158 million living on less than $1.50 (£1) a day.

More than 100 women die every day from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Over 2,000 children under 5 die every day from preventable diseases, and 8.5 million children do not go to school (the most of any country in the world).

Unless progress is made in Nigeria, the MDGs will not be met in Africa.