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  • Context

    Nigeria, formally known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is one of the thee Voice focus countries in West Africa. It has more than 500 ethnic groups, languages, and cultures which makes it a diverse country. Other than its rich culture, it is known to have the largest economy in Africa. The “Giant of Africa” has a mixed economy with abundant supply of natural resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, and transportation sectors.

    Albeit all economic progress Nigeria is experiencing, social exclusion and discrimination towards the Voice target groups persist. This 2017 Context Analysis summarises the struggles faced by people living with disabilities, LGBTIs, women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence, age-discriminated vulnerable groups, and indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities.

    Civic space

    In order to fully grasp the situation of the Voice marginalised and discriminated groups, it is crucial to discuss civic space in Nigeria. According to Civicus Monitor, Nigeria has an obstructed civic space. This implies that a dynamic civil society exists, but activism is heavily monitored by the State.

    Civil society organisations can be the catalyst of equality and inclusion in Nigeria. With their bottom-up approach in advocacy, they can build linkages with community-based groups within their coalitions and networks. They can represent the needs of the marginalised and discrminated groups to key stakeholders in the government side. However in 2016, regulations pertaining to civil society registration and funding limits the space openly available to CSOs.

    Status Quo of Voice target groups

    People with disabilities are among the poorest and socially excluded groups in Nigeria. Certain regions in the country have various notions about them, yet they are deprived on accessing services enjoyed by their able-bodied counterparts. They lack access to quality education, healthcare and community support, spatial rights, economic opportunities, and services tailormade in their special needs.

    Policy-makers and the general public still has this misconception about people with disabilities as those needing charity. Despite the passage of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, there still lacks social protection schemes for them. The exclusion is intensified with the continuous dispelling myths about them perpetuated by the media.

    Similar to some other African countries, Nigeria criminalises consensual same-sex relationships and activities especially among men. The lives of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Intersex (LGBTI) peoples are under constant threat: they are prone to harassment, violence, and discrimination. It is dangerous for them to be open as it leads to intense exclusion in all spheres of life.

    The Nigerian law is intolerant of LGBTIs. Notwithstanding declarations of collective democracy, political parties still exclude LGBTI rights in their agendas. These indecencies are also reflected on the religious and cultural leaders in the country. They hold strong moral standpoints that promotes violations on the fundamental human rights of LGBTIs.

    The country has ratified numerous international conventions protecting women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence. While policies and laws are existing in the Nigerian government, full implementation of such laws are weak which makes women and girls on a dangerous situation. Traditional practices and customs are still being practiced towards girls. There is still male preference within households. The heteronormative ideals imbibed by the Nigerian society limits women’s full political participation.

    Nigeria is no exemption in marginalising age-discriminated vulnerable groups such as the youth and elderly. For elderly people, they only benefit from pension schemes only if they had formal and government employment. Corruption makes it difficult for them to claim their pensions.

    They struggle for survival. There is limited government-owned homes for old people and some elderly ended up on streets. Younger family members are known to take over the lands of their elderly parents.

    Children living in poorest households are prone to child labour. They are also most likely to experience malnutrition and deprivation of basic needs. Their situation likely leads them to be out of school. Socially, in some parts of Nigeria, children are branded as witches which leads to high cases of deaths.

    Indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities are synonymous in Nigeria. They are always at the middle of conflict due to their ancestral domains and resources. They have been deprived of their territories, economic and political autonomy, and customary beliefs which makes them unique in their own ways.

    The summary of the context analysis is available here.

  • Priorities


    You spoke, and we listened. The Enugu workshop on 14th May 2018 was an informative step towards a more inclusive and targeted Calls for Proposals for 2018.  To this end, Voice in Nigeria invites Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Networks of Non-Governmental Organisations, Informal groups- artivists and activists, working with the most marginalised and discriminated members of the society to explore opportunities within its 4 grant categories in responding to this year’s call to empower silent voices, amplify lone voices and challenge policies to action.


    The objective of this year’s calls aligns with the 3 thematic focus of Voice generally:

    Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment: A barrier to economic inclusion particularly for women, youth and indigenous groups; many are in exploitative or vulnerable employment. People with disabilities face barriers to decent work.

    Improved access to social services, health and education in particular: Quality services are often inaccessible for marginalised and discriminated groups because of language barriers (e.g. ethnic minorities), distance (rural populations) or neglect. Particularly affects youth and women, who often lack the information and tools to demand better services

    Space for political participation: Civil society space is under threat, and marginalised and discriminated groups often face obstacles to participation in public debate, e.g. lack of information or organisation. Thus, this can also be linked to access to information, active citizenship.

    Proposed interventions should therefore be able to respond to one or more of these 3 thematic focus.


    The target groups of Voice Programme at global level are:

    1. Age Discriminated vulnerable groups: Youths and Elderly
    2. Ethnic Minority and Indigenous People
    3. LGBTI (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) group
    4. Women facing Exploitation, Abuse and/or Violence (WEAV)
    5. People living with Disabilities (PWD)

    Voice remains committed to the principle of Leaving No One Behind. Thus, while this call targets WEAV & PWD specifically, applications that are able to demonstrate credible instances of intersectionality with at least one or two other target beneficiaries identified above stand better chance. Note further:

    • Intervention targeting youth has become a priority for Voice at global level. Thus, for this call, Voice Nigeria will focus on youth both as a stand-alone interest and also as a cross- cutting component of our intersectionality requirement;
    • Target group-led applications are strongly advised for empowerment grant applications. Applications by organisations only representing the target beneficiaries will therefore be strongly scrutinised to determine inclusion of the target, and such applications will only be considered as an alternative where target group-led applications received are not adequate.

    OUR FOCAL STATES:  Abuja and Enugu

    Applicants registered outside these States are nevertheless eligible to apply as far as they have a project base/office in the focal States and can provide the intervention there without undue travel cost on Voice. Note however that for Empowerment activities, Enugu remains the preferred State; and sudden opportunity grant is not bound by State as eligibility for this grant is determined solely by the presence of requisite sudden circumstance/situation.




    For more information on Voice grant and type of intervention expected, please click on the relevant links below.

    Important Notes:

    • Activities identified under each grant type is not exhaustive, thus applicants are invited to come up with their own innovative ideas that respond to the grant type, so long as its overall goal will help to reach one or two of the thematic focus of Voice listed above.
    • Voice is not focused on service delivery and so interventions of that nature will be considered ineligible.
    • Applicants can apply for more than one grant, but will be considered for award under only one grant type.




    Our 5 steps to the application process are for all the grant types except the Sudden Opportunity grant:

    Step 1: Carefully read Voice Nigeria Grant manual.

    Step 2: Click on the grant that interests you and read up information about the type of intervention expected this year. This will help you decide on whether to apply and how to do so.

    Step 3: Download the Application Form and the budget template and fill them up. You may want to continue the application on a later day so that you have enough time to fill up the application form before uploading it to our online system.

    Step 4: Visit our online application system and conduct the eligibility test to see whether you are eligible to apply; if you are

    Step 5: Fill up our online application and upload your filled proposal and budget. Please note that the file size of uploaded document must not exceed 10 MB

    Application process for sudden opportunity grant is provided under the link to the grant.


    All applications for all grant types except the Sudden Opportunity grant must be received into our online portal by 12 midnight of 30th September 2018.

    The Sudden Opportunity grant will be open till the midnight of 31st of December 2018.

    All applications will be reviewed, and outcome communicated to applicants on or before the 15th of November 2018. For a more detailed information on our review process and deadlines, please read our grant manual.


    Questions about this grant and/our application process may be submitted by email to: nigeria@voice.global. You can also reach us at +234 812 937 4732.

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