The VPs Accountability project funded by the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) is a one year project (October2013-September 2014) with an overall goal to strengthen the Nigeria CSO Coalition on Business and Human Rights to build and enforce measures of corporate accountability, including increasing state practices on business and human rights principles and standards and ensuring the Nigerian government and Oil companies commits to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. The major Objectives of the project are:
- To Increase the awareness of the VPs and provide a platform for engagement in Nigeria through trainings and workshops
- To enhance advocacy skills of community members and CSOs to persuade oil companies and the Federal Government to sign up to and operationalize the VPs.
LITE-Africa as part of its Oxfam Novib Livelihood and Governance (ONLAG) project has commissioned three cassava and one oil processing facility in Aviara and Enwhe community in Isokoh LGA and Ayama and Zarama community in Yenegoa LGA to provide alternate source of livelihood to women in these communities. This was made possible through a generous support from Oxfam Novib as part of the 5 year efforts in enhancing socio economic and political participation of women in decision making in the Niger Delta.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by representatives of Oxfam Novib, Chairman of Yenegoa LGA, Programme Manager Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Women Cooperative Members as well as other Community leaders.
This report presents the outcome and results of the VPs Call to Action Conference hosted by the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa) in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) titled ‘Promoting Investment and Security in the Extractive Sector through multi-stakeholder initiatives’ held in Abuja, Nigeria on 26 February, 2014. This event attracted over 50 participants comprising of representatives of strategic government agencies, CSOs, members of diplomatic community, trade union associations, representatives of oil bearing communities and the media. It was the first ever VPs national advocacy event of this scale at which oil producing community members were invited and participated actively. Read an article in CODE- The Voluntary Principles: A Panacea for Human Rights and Security Issues in Nigeria
LITE-Africa as an organisation is evolving to meet the needs of our beneficiaries. LITE-Africa envisions a world in which principles of democracy and human rights guide the vision and actions of governance in heightening peace and development. Its mission is to facilitate community and human development, foster good governance and create inclusive and diverse networks and collaborations within the Niger Delta and beyond.
LITE-Africa with a team of experts in business and human rights are facilitating this 3-Day International Certificate Courses for individuals interested in increasing their knowledge of business and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. LITE-Africa has many years of experience of conducting trainings on Business and Human Rights in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria and has specifically designed this training course to address how businesses should operate under a Human Rights Framework in sub-Saharan Africa.
Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) has been involved in the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) processes with Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) providing mentoring and oversight support to two Regional Development Councils (RDC); Egbema Gbramatu Community Development Council (EGCDC) and KEFFES Regional Development Council (KRDC).
The official unveiling of LITE-Africa’s Corporate Office took place on October, 31, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Uti Street Extension, Opp. Little Paradise Homes and Suites, By Winners Chapel, Ugbolokposo, off DSC Expressway, Effurun Warri Delta State.
At right: Comrade Gloria Okolugbo, Commissioner for Special Duties, Delta State cutting the ribbon at LITE-Africa’s Corporate Office
LITE Africa recently partnered with the Australian Aid (AUSAID) to increase the awareness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) in Nigeria. This 12-month national project, through trainings, workshops and advocacy meetings will help persuade the Nigerian Federal Government to sign on to the VPs through a VP Call to Action and will target the military, police, community residents in Delta, Rivers and Akwa- Ibom states, and government officials that are willing to champion this cause. The implementation of this project by LITE Africa will not only persuade the Nigerian government to sign on to the VPs but facilitate businesses to operate with a human rights perspective, which will help improve relationships amongst all stakeholders.
Read the VPSHR Basic Reader
Sign on to persuade the Nigerian Government to sign on the the VPs
Following the inaugural meeting of the Nigerian CSO Coalition on Business and Human Rights held in March 2013, it became imperative to call for a second meeting to follow up with CSO activities on promotion of VPS, strengthen the membership and seek more ways of collaborations in the attainment to the objective of the coalition. This meeting was convened courtesy of the AUSAid funded project entitled “A Call to Action: Engaging all Stakeholders on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in Nigeria", to sensitize and educate the CSOs on the project objectives. This report has been written to document the discussion, insights and outcome from the CSO Coalition meeting held in Port Harcourt, River State on the 26th of June 2013 (at right- group photo after 2nd meeting).
This report has been written to document the discussions, insights and outcomes from the inaugural Nigerian CSO Coalition on Business and Human Rights held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on the 12th of March 2013. The event brought together approximately 13 participants including CSOs working on issues of environment, transparency and accountability, corporate social responsibility, human rights, peace and conflicts, and community development. The event was convened by Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment in Africa (LITE-Africa) with partnership from Search for Common Ground who provided the space for the meeting to take place.