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International Development / Non Profits

Despite rapid economic growth, relative political stability and rising income levels, Nigeria is still faced with a number of systemic social problems like poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, lack of access to capital by entrepreneurs, and international trade limitations. International development organizations have developed programs and interventions to solve these problems and we collaborate with them to make these programs work.

Sawubona works with international development organizations and other private development organisations to achieve their objectives. With a robust understanding of the Nigerian society and the Nigerian culture and a network of high-value partners, Sawubona collaborates with international organizations to deliver high impact solutions and interventions to the communities in which they operate.

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), working with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments (FMITI) decided to develop the Nigerian National Accreditation Services (NINAS), the governing body for the establishment of the Nigerian National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP). The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and was established to improve the competitiveness of Nigerian exports.

Organisational (Human Resource and Financial) Planning: Sawubona was engaged to develop a human resource and financial plan for the NINAS. Benchmarking global and domestic practices, Consultants developed a pay position for the NINAS, job classification and gradation guidelines, a manning plan, and a total reward system. Consultants validated job descriptions and developed key performance indicators for staff of the NINAS. Consultants also developed a financial plan for the NINAS, identifying forecast startup costs, revenue and cost model, seven year forecasts statements of comprehensive income, financial position and cashflows. Consultants also developed capital structure scenarios and recommended a preferred structure based on the scenarios built from the financial model.

“It has been a pleasure working with you and your team over the past couple of months on the business plan (financials) and human resource planning aspects for the Nigerian National Accreditation Service. Sawubona has put a lot of effort into the analysis as well as making and fine tuning the projections for this new institution which will be very important to help us secure talent, short-term financing and medium-term sustainability. Your knowledge and effort have been very helpful.”

Stephen Cross, Lead Expert, Accreditation, UNIDO.

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United for Education (U4E) Foundation was established to reduce the level of education inequity in public primary schools in Nigeria, through the deployment of a very effective employee volunteering programme.

Strategy Consulting: U4E Foundation engaged Sawubona to advice on strategy. Sawubona developed a strategic plan for the organisation which focused on quality volunteer engagement, efficient internal processes and close collaborations with public primary schools. Sawubona is working closely with the Foundation in the implementation of this strategy and has collaborated with the organisation in engaging volunteers from Stanbic IBTC Bank and Seven Up Bottling Company.

The organisation is currently working with staff of corporate organisations who volunteer an hour a week in teaching numeracy and literacy and providing inspiration for the pupils to be the best they can be.

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Pink Pearl Foundation is a cancer prevention advocacy organisation working with communities across Nigeria to deal with the challenge of Breast and Cervical Cancer and advocate healthy lifestyles for young ladies.

Media Engagement: Sawubona provided traditional and social media relations services for the Foundation’s anniversary and fundraising event.

The event had coverage across media platforms like The Guardian, Vanguard, The Punch, to mention a few. Also engagement levels and followership on social media channels increased during the engagement period.

Expert View

Nigerian NGOs can Position For Post-MDG Opoortunities

Dr Prosper OkonkwoIn this interview with Sawubona, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, CEO of AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), one of Africa’s largest AIDS prevention programmes, explores growth opportunities for NGOs in Nigeria in the aftermath of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

What is your assessment of Nigeria’s performance so far in meeting the MDG goals with particular emphasis on the country’s performance in 2014?

My sincere impression is that Nigeria is trying its best, but even with these best efforts, we are not likely to meet many of the goals.

The coming year will signal the official end of the MDG agenda and the commencement of the new post-2015 agenda. What are your perspectives on this new agenda?

The new agenda builds on the successes and lessons learned from the initial MDG agenda. For example, because many countries will meet their health MDGs, the emphasis in the health sub sector focuses on non-communicable diseases like cancer, mental health, etc. Countries like Nigeria that still have high burdens of communicable and maternal and child health problems will suffer. This is because as the emphasis shifts, so will the funding, and countries that still drive their health programs with donor funding like Nigeria will likely experience further negative dip in the indicators.

To what extent do you think Africa is positioned to benefit from the post 2015 agenda on a needs-based perspective?

Speaking from the health sector perspective, the first point to note is that the African region can no longer be grouped together as one homogenous group. There are a few countries such as Botswana and Namibia that have invested smartly and will definitely benefit from the post 2015 agenda. Other countries in sub Saharan Africa, still unable to meet the 2015 agenda will not benefit as much, since these post 2015 agenda will not align to the prevailing needs of these nations. If innovative approaches are not quickly thought out by these nations, they will remain in a catch up position for many years to come.

Since the commencement of the MDGs in 2002, Africa has attracted a significant amount of funding for development. To what extent do you think Africa’s NGO funding will be affected given the conclusion of the MDG agenda in 2015?

Initiatives will be affected severely if the post 2015 agenda are not relevant to the national priority. For example, HIV/AIDS funding will decrease substantially.

How can African NGOs evolve their models and what alternative resources can they seek to access in funding their developmental activities in a post-MDGs world?

NGOs with functional systems and technical capacities will survive. Monitoring and Evaluation skills and systems built for a HIV/AIDS program can be deployed to reproductive health or cancers for example. Advocacy to African conglomerates as well as more emphasis on social enterprises will help.

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