Established in 2014, the Nigeria International Non-Governmental Organization Forum (INGO Forum) is a critical platform for ensuring effective information sharing and analysis, advocacy and policy engagement and liaison with government/donor/UN agencies, ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-making processes. The INGO Forum is governed by a core membership of over 31 members (and 5 observers), an elected Executive Committee that works alongside a Secretariat to fulfill the function of the Forum.

The INGO Forum exists with the main purpose of providing an inclusive and consistent space for INGOs to develop and employ collective strategies and approaches to enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response in NE Nigeria, as well as humanitarian and development initiatives throughout Nigeria.

The Forum is complementary to other coordination mechanisms and initiatives, such as those led by the Nigerian Ministries and authorities, United Nations Agencies, and civil society fora in Nigeria. It aims to facilitate constructive relationships and acts as liaison with such existing groups and institutions, as well as other stakeholders. The Forum does not intend to replace any existing mechanism, nor to extend its membership to all NGOs, as it is designed to answer the specific needs of International NGOs active in Nigeria and to act as focal point for the international civil society in Nigeria. The Forum was designed by its Founding Members as a joint tool, allowing them to pool resources in certain areas of cooperation, while building a platform to foster understanding and cooperation with national authorities, national civil society and international stakeholders.

The INGO Forum is grounded on the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Its members commit to maintain the highest level of accountability, responsibility and transparency towards their projects beneficiaries and the general public. Forum Members are respectful of Federal and State Laws of Nigeria, as well as of the regulations and practice of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.  The INGO Forum is an independent non-profit civil society group that represents the collective views of its members. The Forum is not responsible for any individual position expressed by one or several of its members. The Forum does not represent any governmental or intergovernmental interest and does not serve any political, personal, economic or religious agenda.



The INGO Forum is a group of international civil society organisations that come together to:

  1. Foster information exchange and cooperation among humanitarian and development actors and other stakeholders in Nigeria. The INGO Forum works to strengthen relationships and mutual understanding among members, as well as with relevant Nigerian authorities, Nigerian civil society organisations, International organisations and donors;
  2. Promote and strengthen coordination of humanitarian action, utilizing efficient information sharing mechanisms and regular action-oriented meetings (at management and technical levels) as tools to this end;
  3. Actively advocate for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian response in the NE, as well as on behalf of issues of common concern that affect NGO operations, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law throughout Nigeria.



The INGO Forum shall endeavor to:

  1. Information Sharing

– Collect and regularly update information regarding Forum Members’ humanitarian programs and activities for           strategic dissemination to relevant actors;

      2. Coordination

  • Identify and prioritize key issues as related to operational gaps/overlap and challenges, as well as to systemic, bureaucratic and political impediments, negatively impacting the efficient and effective delivery of services to, and/or the rights and general wellbeing of, affected populations;
  • Build capacities of member organizations, Nigerian civil society and other stakeholders through strategic collaborative engagements, as well as through the initiation of trainings and workshops on priority topics.

     3. Representation

  • Strive to ensure continuous and consistent INGO representation and a unified voice at external fora and bodies, as well as at priority ad-hoc engagements deemed constructive to the furtherance of INGO Forum objectives;

     4. Advocacy

  • Maintain NIF advocacy strategy (updated quarterly following review of key issues) and key messages, and facilitate strategic collective action in line with advocacy objectives, including drafting of policy and lobbying at all appropriate levels;
  • Act as liaison between INGOs and external stakeholders aiming to foster productive high-yielding relationships, build trust and enhance the reputation of INGOs in Nigeria;

      5. Working Groups

  • Organize, facilitate and follow up on the action points of regular meetings of Country Directors/Head of Missions, Humanitarian Managers, Logistics Coordinators, Human Resources Coordinators, and any other non-task force technical group initiated by one or more members and supported by Directors (ie. advocacy/policy, public information/communications, finance, etc);



Representation of INGOs in Government and other humanitarian related coordination structures including:

  • The Inter-Ministerial task Force and Humanitarian Coordination working group at the Federal level
  • The Borno State Humanitarian Response Committee
  • The Humanitarian Country Team & INGOs are co-leads in various sector working groups
  • The Operational humanitarian country team

Facilitation/Contribution of talking points to High level Missions to Nigeria

–           Stephen O Brien’s (Emergency Relief Coordinator) visit to Nigeria (May 2016)

–           Interaction ‘s visit to Nigeria (2016)

–           Emergency Directors Group Mission to Nigeria (Dec 2016)

–           UN Security Council visit to NE Nigeria (March 2017)

Collaboration with other humanitarian actors in Nigeria

–           Forum coordinator/ DHC joint visit to Rann, Ngala and Dikwa (March 2017)

–           Joint paper with CSOs on the Oslo conference

Facilitation of workshops and trainings for humanitarian community, military and government actors

  • Humanitarian Access and negotiations trainings targeting participants from local and international NGOs, the Office of the Governor of Borno, senior officers from the Nigerian Armed Forces, officials from SEMA and NEMA.
  • ACAPs scenario building exercise and contingency planning workshop targeting the humanitarian community
  • Local Actors Mapping which identified 160 local actors in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe; and Trainings on Humanitarian Project management targeting some of the identified local actors

Deployment of High level actors to Maiduguri

  • Request for Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator role to be deployed in Maiduguri
  • Request for Civil-Mil Coordinator with experience to be deployed to support N/East response.

High-level Advocacy directed at global conferences/meetings including:

  • the 2017 Oslo Conference on Nigeria and the 2016 Lake Chad Basin and
  • General Assembly Side event on the Lake Chad Basin
  • 2017 InterAction INGO Forum Conference in Washington DC