Aid workers, programmes, and organizations as a whole face varying levels of risk in carrying out their work globally. Organizations, therefore, must put in place security risk management practices that enable them to effectively reach those most in need while still meeting their duty of care obligations towards staff. The COWACDI security team organized training for staff members with the latest security tips to help ease project implementation at all levels.
Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM) is an Essential knowledge for each and every humanitarian worker, it is mandatory for all humanitarian workers to have at least a considerable knowledge “if not full” of SGBV and CEFM.
As part of our mandate to serve humanity, COWACDI organized SGBV and CEFM Capacity-building training for its staff members so they are sensitive to such cases if come across at all project implementation levels and also to referral to relevant partners.
Concern for Women And Children Development Foundation (COWACDI) in Partnership with Christain Aid (CAID) and Funding from World Food Program (WFP) Set up a community structure such as Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) in Malakyariri Ward of Mafa L.G.A which serve as a medium through which women’s financial capacity can be strengthened and access to simple savings and loan facilities is enhanced closing the gap that existed as a result of the absence of formal financial services within the local community.
COWACDI conducted a rapid needs assessment in the 3 targeted locations of Gwange, Bolori and Modusulumri, Borno State, to inform the program team on how best to implement the project with the rights-based approach that is needed to address the precise nature of SEA. 120 stakeholders were mapped through this activity including community leaders, religious leaders, government agencies, women and youth groups as well as representatives of persons with disabilities. One workshop on the prevention of SEA and available reporting mechanisms was conducted for 120 stakeholders. 19 FGD sessions were also carried out targeting 1,200 participants including women, men, boys and girls, through which the NGO aimed to create awareness and to inform on safe and accessible systems of reporting SEA. To circulate key messages on PSEA, COWACDI produced and distributed more than 25,000 information, education and communication (IEC) materials in English, Hausa, and Kanuri languages which include 10,000 posters, 10,000 handbills, 10,000 leaflets, 30 banners and 3 radio jingles. The IEC materials reached 7,377 persons, of which 3543 women, 2,565 men and 1,239 children.
At COWACDI, our Goal is to see every vulnerable person out there filled with smiles, comfort, dignity, and stability. On this account, COWACDI set up a self-funded NFI distribution activity in Kusheri Camp Damboa road Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria. Our accountability, Complaints and Feedback Mechanism (CFM) team at the distribution site to ensure transparency and accountability to the affected population.
COWACDI Head of Operations with the Chief of Mission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria of IOM (Mr. Laurent M.J. De Boeck) in a one-on-one discussion on COWACDI’s achievement in collaboration with IOM.
Considering the great role women have played in the socio-political development of Nigeria, it was pertinent to make the country’s overall political framework friendly to them. it would be impractical to talk about women’s involvement in politics if obvious political and social impediments were not removed.
COWACDI called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to come up with incentives that would encourage women to take part in political contests, including cutting down the cost of nomination forms for women.
COWACDI also congratulated women who won in the 2023 elections and enjoined them to use their positions to influence positive change.