Security and Governance

Our security and governance programme area is facilitating a broader participation of the society in conflict management mechanisms at federal, state and local level. It is addressing central problems in Nigeria’s security governance and conflict management structure

The problem

Nigeria’s conflict prevention and early warning systems rely on a complex and overlapping set of agencies that are poorly coordinated, lack strategic direction and do not enable cooperation between state and non-state actors. This prevents early warning and early action and leads to responses that are often heavy-handed and fail to identify and tackle underlying causes of violence. There is no civilian oversight over their actions and they remain largely unaccountable to civilian line ministries and the general public. Ordinary citizens and civil society are not involved in early warning or conflict mitigation, making it impossible for security forces to anticipate and address violence, especially in rural areas.

How we believe change will occur

We can help reduce the incidence of violence by strengthening the relationships, coordination and communication between those directly affected by violence (including women and young men) and those who are supposed to provide security. We are supporting civil society, security service providers and government to mutually engage in inclusive processes at federal, state and local levels.

To find out more about our security and governance area, read about our work at the federal, state and local level.