INTRODUCTIONThe Civil Organisation Research Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development(CORAFID) is a Non-governmental and non-profit organisation,contributing to sustainable grassroots development since 2002. WHEN IT WAS ESTABLISHEDEnvisioned 1999 and registered 28th February, 2002 in Benue State, Nigeria. ADDRESS AND ACCESSIBILITY MAPCivil Organisations Research Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development (CORAFID)No.7 Agagbe Road, Naka Gwer West LGA; P.O Box 1298, Makirdi, Benue State. This route is cost effective for travelers from Northern Nigeria Elsewhere in Nigeria Makurdi Township Makurdi Modern Market Ankpa Road To the right Leftwards NAKA No 7 Agagbe Road Leftwards Turn left Naka Rou ndabout CORAFID Via Adoka OFFICE Ankpa Makurdi Park Elsewhere in Nigeria This route is cost effective for travelers in Western Eastern and Southern Nigeria CONTACT PERSONNathaniel Msen Awuapila MIAM,Executive Facilitator. TELEPHONE+2348066559669; +2348024131087
BANK ACCOUNTCivil Organisations Research Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development (CORAFID) 2011851657(First Bank of Nigeria) WEBSITE/E-MAIL/FACEBOOK/SLIDESHARE/YAHOOGROUPngo.email@example.com://facebok/Corafid Nigeriahttp://www.slideshare.net/Awuapila/http://LetsTalkDevelopment@yahoogroups.com OUR FOUNDINGCORAFID was conceived in 1999 and first registered as an association on February 28 2002, in BenueState, Nigeria, by the Gwer West Local Council, under the name of Civil Organisations Research,Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development (CORAFID). Its registration with the Benue StateGovernment and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria began almost simultaneously in2003 under the name of Civil Organisations Research, Advocacy, and Funding Network (CORAF-NETWORK). However, institutional restructuring further necessitated a change of name. Theorganisation continued to operate under its first name until late 2010 when an executive decision wastaken to re-start incorporation of the NGO under the name of CORAFID International. OUR BASIC INSPIRATIONThe task of establishing CORAFID by its Initiator had been a pressing heart-yearning that stretchedback to 1999. The initiator was inspired by the strong conviction that: Every (Nigerian) citizen deserves to live a noble and happy life since each person is of the living God whose spirit is in us. The United Nations Universal Declaration also professes the fundamental rights of all humans. Every (Nigerian) child deserves the warmth and love of parents, who should not have to slave under inhuman conditions daily before they can secure a decent meal and secured shelter for the family. Excessive energy expended on earning a living threatens family stability and portends an ill- cultivated community and nation. Children below employment age should not have to work under unduly strenuous conditions. They should have access to education and professional training and allowed to grow up at their own pace into thriving youthfulness, rather than forced prematurely into the job market. (Nigerian) citizens should be assured of viable employment opportunities and their work environment adequately protected against conditions that threaten their human dignity, because how well one works and how much one produces are only equal to the nature of environment in which the work is done. Families should be assured of safe, free, friendly, supportive work and home environment, such atmosphere of mutuality where rights meet responsibilities, thus directly eliciting the felt commitment to participate in collective community building practices and processes where each person plays their roles as they could, to contribute toward achieving the collective good.
An appropriate civil society platform requires to be created to bring to fore, gaps in civil society interventions touching on the foregoing pertinent areas, and to galvanise collaborative effort toward addressing such gaps in an effective and timely manner, based on the principles of sustainable development. VISIONCORAFID envisions a society that is well coordinated to support the needs and aspirations of ordinarycitizens and communities, a society that integrates them all in each national development programme. MISSIONOur mission is to enhance civil society effort at mainstreaming the grassroots on national agendathrough innovation and cooperation with appropriate stakeholders.OUR MOTTOSustainable development first! AIMS/OBJECTIVES1. To represent the best interest of civil society in its quest for socio-economic prosperity and sustainable development;2. To generate and/or utilize appropriate networks and other instruments for enhanced civil society awareness of its situations, challenges, problems, and opportunities;3. To create and/or utilize mechanisms that shall guarantee satisfaction of the lawful aspirations of the ordinary citizens;4. To advocate for organised grassroots-driven development funding initiatives;5. To support initiatives that address core development problems to do with the root causes of disease, ignorance, injustice and poverty;6. To collaborate with relevant bodies to promote sustainable development practices and structures;7. To investigate the direction of local and national institutional activities and programmes, based on global sustainable development principles and standards. OUR PROGRAMMES AND INTEREST AREASCORAFID has three (3) program areas, including:1. Citizenship and Governance Program (CiGoP), promotes 1.1. Civic and peace education for in-school and out-of-school youth 1.2. Grassroots engagement in governance 1.3. Social protection2. Resource Development and Education Program (ReDEP), supports 2.1. Education of the girl-child, OVC, and other vulnerable groups, especially youth 2.2. Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and wealth-building 2.3. Community funding initiatives 2.4. Entrepreneurship training and development3. Women Action Strategy Program (WASP), concerned with 3.1. Gender and Social Justice 3.2. Conflict transformation 3.3. Women and governance 3.4. Maternal and child health 3.5. Environmental wellbeing
OUR APPROACH TO ISSUES AND CONCERNSFounded on February 28 2002 in Benue State, CORAFID has over the past several years workedmainly at the grassroots level, being registered also at the local level, and has promoted the participationof community-based groups in development activities through joint needs appraisal and action planning,training, mentoring, and collaboration, has partnered with stakeholders in the educational and socialsectors to improve the lot of OVCs through resource access measures to benefit caregivers, has offeredor secured scholarships to educate and train OVCs, has established school-based and out-of-schoolyouth clubs to mentor children and the youth on matters of personal integrity and commitment topeaceful living, as well as has supported institutional strengthening projects to benefit our partners.CORAFID is member of several coalitions and networks including West Africa Network forPeacebuilding (WANEP) Nigeria, of which CORAFID’s Executive Facilitator serves as North CentralZonal Early Warning Analyst; Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL); BenueState Child Protection Network (BnSCPN), of which CORAFID is a founding member plus our ExecutiveFacilitator serves as pioneer Chairman; Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), of whichCORAFID serves as Gwer West L.G.A. Coordinator, having previously served as Assistant Secretary tothe State Coordinating Committee. CORAFID has longstanding partnership relations with Justice,Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), currently serving on JDPC’s Core Team for MakurdiDiocese, as well as has worked with various NGOs on issue-specific projects. Over the past years wehave organized a sensitization forum on Nigeria’s Micro-finance policy for CBOs and Government at theLocal Level in Gwer West L.G.A. of Benue State (2007); we partnered with OLAM/USAID MARKETSNigeria Ltd, Makurdi, to achieve credit access and then assured product market for our rice producinggroups from our member-CBOs (since 2007); we have partnered with the Women EnvironmentalProgram (WEP) to train grassroots women groups on soil conservation and water harvesting, as well asserved on their consultancy teams to train high-level representatives on Nigeria’s National GenderPolicy (Feb. 2008) as well as provided several capacity building services to their subsidiary organization,the Federation of Urban Poor (FEDUP), Abuja (since 2008).CORAFID has partnered with over 40 CBOs since inception and has established, in 2010, an auxiliaryplatform known as Nigeria CBO Forum (NCBOF is a coalition platform for community-based actors) toensure ongoing experience sharing among CBOs in Nigeria as well as joint initiatives with other NGOsand development partners to support capacity building of local actors toward viable participation ingovernance and sustainable development and to promote community-driven approaches todevelopment projects. Nigeria CBO Forum is currently being incorporated by the Corporate AffairsCommission of Nigeria under the name of Association for Human Advancement (AHA). Earlier in2006, the CORAFID Cooperative Society Ltd was established to achieve ongoing economicempowerment support to our member CBOs. The cooperative, which was registered by the Benue StateMinistry for Commerce and Industries, is CORAFID’s first auxiliary platform and regularlydesigns/implements initiatives to promote income generating activities among our members, developsoptions for further growth of enterprise initiatives and supports agro-processing, credit access, marketdevelopment, and general capacity development. Our children and youth participating in our school-based and out-of-school clubs, upon graduation, have an opportunity to continue contributing to social
development through our third auxiliary platform known as Project Zero Redundancy (PZR, PZRNetwork), also created in 2010. PZR Network, however, also leverages on the commitment ofprofessional and self-employed youths across the country that enroll on our mentoring schedule, toserve as competent mentors to fellow Nigerian youths. As at February 2011 we have 4 Peer MentoringTeams (PMTs) on the platform of PZR Network in Abuja FCT. CORAFID also has established a fourthauxiliary platform to coordinate our key partnerships with stakeholders in the social sector includingeducational and other professional institutions. This platform, known as Br Dominic Erhmantraut FSCCentre for Learning and Development (DECLeD), named after the Initiator’s highly cherished mentor,Br Dominic Erhmantraut FSC, currently is key implementer of a partnership understanding with De LaSalle Brothers, otherwise known as Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Parents’, Teachers’Association of Mt La Salle College, Naka, Benue State, Nigeria. The partnership seeks to supportdevelopment initiatives of De La Salle Brothers, through targeted capacity development, institutionbuilding, and resource mobilization. Through DECLeD we have initiated an organization to promote thecause of De La Salle Brothers in Nigeria by the name of St John (Baptist) de la Salle Foundation andthe process of its incorporation by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (CAC) is ongoing sinceJuly 2011. DECLeD is also set for incorporation under a name to be approved by the Corporation AffairsCommission of NigeriaIn December 2010 CORAFID also initiated the CORAFID Savings and Internal Lending Scheme(CSILS) as part of widening opportunities by our members to step up their capacities for incomegenerating and wealth building initiatives. Note that CORAFID has 3 program lines/interests includingCitizenship and Governance Programme (CiGoP), Resource Development and Education Programme(ReDEP), and Women Action Strategy Programme (WASP). CSILS addresses ReDEP’s 2 nd coreobjective, which is to support income generating activities (IGAs) and wealth-building. CSILS alsopromotes CiGoP’s 3rd core objective, which is promotion of social protection among target communities.Whereas CORAFID Cooperative Society Ltd has intervened to date by way of partnership, mainly withOLAM/USAID MARKETS, to promote agricultural activities among our members, CSILS shall be thesociety’s second arm, providing savings and loaning opportunities to member CBOs that are affiliated toNigeria CBO Forum now being reconstituted under the name of Association for Human Advancement. SOME OF OUR PARTNERS SINCE 2002 Gwer-West Local Government, Benue State Justice Development and Peace Commission[JDPC], Makurdi diocese, Benue PATHS Benue (now in Abuja) Central Bank of Nigeria, North Central Zonal HQ OLAM/USAID Nig. Ltd. Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Abuja SWAAN Benue West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria (WANEP Nigeria) Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) Benue State Child Protection Network (BnSCPN) 23 partner member CBOs/CDAs of the Grassroots Forum and CORAFID cooperative.
OUR TARGET GROUPS WASP targets women and children ReDEP targets children and youths CGP targets women and youth.OUR MEMBERSHIP OF NETWORKS AND COALITIONS Benue State Child Protection Network (BnSCPN), Rm 21, Benue State Secretariat, Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD), Makurdi Benue State. +2348066559669 Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), 1st Floor, NACRDB, Otukpo Road, Makurdi. Telephone: +2348065574167 Nigeria Youth Network on HIV/AIDS, Population and Development Activities (NYNETHA), EVA Secretariat, Beside Ashby Investment House, Wurukum Makurdi. West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria (WANEP Nigeria) Telephone: +2348038306615 Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) Telephone: +2348052730312 The Justice Development and Peace Commission Peace Team (currently supported by Misereor Germany). Ahmadu Commasse Road, Demekpe, Makurdi. Telephone: +2347030355221OUR CURRENT ROLES IN THE VARIOUS NETWORKS AND COALITIONS On the Benue State Child Protection Network (BnSCPN), CORAFID is a founding member and CORAFID’s Executive Facilitator, Mr Nathaniel Msen Awuapila, currently chairs the network, which comprises 25 NGOs and CBOs drawn from across the state, July 28 2011. On the Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), CORAFID served as Assistant State Secretary during the previous administration and now has responsibility for coordinating Gwer West L.G.A. on behalf of the Network. Gwer West is one of 23 L.G.As. in the State, since March 2011. On West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria (WANEP Nigeria), CORAFID’s Executive Facilitator serves as the Network’s Early Warning Analyst with responsibility over North Central Nigeria, since June 2011. On Justice Development and Peace Commission partnership platform, CORAFID serves on a 5-member Core Team for the Commission and has responsibility for monitoring and reporting on conflict situations in Gwer East, Gwer West, and Konshisha L.G.As., since June 2009. Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL). CORAFID is a member organization. Nigeria Youth Network on HIV/AIDS, Population and Development Activities (NYNETHA). CORAFID is a member organization.LINE OF AUTHORITY The Board of Trustees(BOT) provides strategic direction Decision by the board is streamlined through the Executive Facilitator who takes administrative and programme decisions The Head of Programming oversees the organization’s programmes. The General Secretary conveys administrative decisions The Accounts Office, Volunteers and Office Assistants reports to the EF via General Secretary. The Project Office coordinates project implementation Project ideas generated from any internal sources are channeled via the Projects Appraisal and Evaluation Committee (PAEC), chaired by Head of Programming. END