Practical Guide on Writing Annual Reports For Nonprofits

This guide has been developed to help nonprofits who are new to writing annual reports to easily get the process started while staying transparent. Developed and based on our experience at the Nigeria Network of NGOs, this guide offers information on how to plan and create a valuable and engaging annual report that you can submit to regulators and one that your friends, donors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders would want to read.

CSO Comprehensive Self-Assessment Tool for Nigerian Non-Profit Organisations

The self-assessment tool is an iterative survey that allows CSOs in Nigeria to reflect on and evaluate their capacity in a number of areas which measure accountability and transparency. This includes indicators assessing human resources, programme management, and financial management. The indicators were developed based on governance resources, sector best practice, and regulatory frameworks in Nigeria. The indicators are rated based on their importance to the operation of effective and accountable CSOs ranging from E (essential), R (recommended), and A (additional).

The self-assessment tool was accompanied by toolkits, guides, individual coaching, and workshops for members across the 36 states in Nigeria, specifically related to areas members identified as weaknesses.

The self-assessment tool can be found here .

A Code of Conduct for West African Civil Society Actors

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) face internal governance issues on a daily basis. The legitimacy challenge that affects the effectiveness of CSOs forces Réseau des Plates Formes d’ONG D’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (REPAOC) members to adopt a code of conduct. This REPAOC Code of Conduct is intended to set our members on the right track.

All members have collectively adopted this code of conduct. Civil society organizations are not just implementers. They also play an important role according to their role. Vis-à-vis the state, they must be credible and unavoidable actors. REPAOC, a network of national NGO platforms, has a major concern to improve this role through the effectiveness of CSOs.

This code of conduct is under the supervision of an ethics committee of three (3) member platforms (FECONG in Mali, PLATONG in Cape Verde and TANGO in The Gambia) of REPAOC elected at the General Assembly (GA). ) of REPAOC. The members of the Ethics Committee have the mission of identifying the ethical problems encountered within the REPAOC, to manage the litigation and to ensure the function of mediation and to produce opinions or general orientations starting from the particular questions for the credibility and recognition of the network.

To view the Code of Conduct (French), please visit here