Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York


Strengthening Civilian Protection Policy and Practice in Nigeria

07/01/2019 - 16:37
Democracy and Human Rights

CIVIC will continue to promote advancing policies and programs on PoC and civilian harm mitigation (CHM) through sound advocacy; building the capacity of the Nigerian military and community militias to protect civilians and avoid civilian harm in the course of their operations through technical assistance and trainings; and empowering civilians to engage with and pressure the government and security forces to improve protection through self-protection workshops and joint advocacy strategies.

CIVIC will promote different elements that are critical to civilian protection at the national and sub-national level.  

 Expected results:

  • Result 1: Civilian protection policies and programs are strengthened
  • Result 2: CHM is institutionalized within the military and community militias
  • Result 3: Communities have greater confidence that their protection needs will be met
  • Result 4: Civil society puts pressure on the government to protect civilians 

Main activities:

  • High-level champions and influencers within government identified and cultivated.
  • Dialogue between high-level champions and influencers within government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Advocacy and communication strategy developed and deployed (informed by research and efforts to amplify voices of conflict-affected civilians).
  • Technical support for implementation of policies, programs and plans on PoC/CHM.
  • Adapt training curriculum and methodology to needs of recipient institutions
  • Direct delivery of trainings at Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Army War College, and National Army School of Infantry, as CIVIC capacity and strategy allows.
  • Training of trainers at select military training institutes
  • Lectures on PoC and CHM at the National Defence College
  • Training of community militia members.
  • Training of security forces deployed to the Northeast
  • Self-protection workshops in communities organized and held
  • Community dialogues facilitated between civilians and security actors
  • Briefing reports on civilian and military perspectives on protection challenges and opportunities are completed
  • Four short films (3-5 mins each) on civilian protection themes are produced. 



Source of funds:  ICSP

Total budget (EUR):  1.8M

Implementing period:  18 months (from 1st August 2018)

Implementing agency:  Centre for Civilians in Conflict

Geographical region:  Nigeria- focus on North East Nigeria


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