What We Do
Through an inclusive planning, monitoring, and reporting process, we will work with government, business, CSOs and UN entities to pool data, information, empirical assessments of the experience of people especially the vulnerable, expertise and other resources that can enable evidence-based policy and joint action needed for enforcing citizens’ rights and ending police brutality.
Experience from our work shows that monitoring and reporting progress on the ENDSARS demands is critical to drive action on ending all forms of rights abuses and in helping government to attain SDGs 16: peace, justice, and strong institutions.
The Alliance is a group of civil society organisations deeply committed to the strengthening of civic space and respect for rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Nigerian Constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe that the enforcement of rights underpins national development and attainment of the SDGs. We commit to work together, and with other critical stakeholders — government, business, and the full spectrum of civil society- who share these views.
The Alliance aims to be an action-oriented coalition that monitors and report implementation of the 5-pronged #EndSARS demands and ensures police reforms are on the national policy agenda to drive meaningful outcomes for policy change.
How We Do It
The Alliance uses the reporting framework of the 2030 Agenda as a ‘hook’ for the evidence-based and multi-stakeholder action needed to achieve the SDGs. Through an inclusive planning, monitoring, and reporting process, government, businesses, CSOs and UN entities pool their data, technology, expertise, and other resources—enabling the evidence-based policy and joint action we need for the future we want.
Through a working group model, member of Alliance agreed to prioritise these key activities:
- Periodic Report on State of #EndSARS in the state, regarding state-specific SARS context, government’s commitments, actions taken far, and other relevant details.
- Produce and validate methodology for monitoring and reporting progress
- Gather data and information
- Analyse data and produce initial State of Policing Report
- Validate report – The Alliance, and relevant stakeholders such as: private sector, government, police, international bodies, etc.
- Publish and widely disseminate Report (including to targeted stakeholders)
- Methodologies Working Group
- Data and information Gathering Working Group
- Data Analysis and Reporting Working Group
- Communications and Disseminations Working Group
Structure and Membership
The work of the WG is carried out by its members. The Group consists of individuals nominated by their organisations to join the WG Co-chairs and other Alliance members who have expressed interest in participating in the WG.
Non-members of the WG will be able to input into the WG at various points in the process through physical meetings and online. Please check this page and our social media feeds for updates. Activities of the WG are carried out in correspondence with their ToR and will be supported by the Alliance Secretariat.
Working methods and timeline
The bulk of the WG’s work is done remotely via email. Working group members may decide to meet on the margins of existing national events like the NNNGO Annual Conference.
Group decisions and approval of final outcomes is made by consensus among group members.
Structure (Ways of Working)
The Alliance is a partnership of civil society organisations who are committed to working together to support and monitor progress on the ENDSARS demands. It was established at the inaugural meeting of 12 civil society organisations and networks in Lagos in January 2021.
Day to day political coordination of the Alliance is carried out by the Co-Chairs. The Co-Chair role rotates among members on a quarterly basis. The Co-Chairs provides high level support and coordinates the overall Alliance activities and meetings alongside annual gatherings.
Alliance members work closely together to coordinate their monitoring efforts and engage with government and business to support civic space—including respect for fundamental freedoms on expression, association, and assembly. The Alliance’s Working Groups are established to explore in more detail’s important areas of work on its priorities and to inform work of the Alliance and its members. Working Groups’ day-to-day activities are the responsibility of working group co-chairs, supported by the Secretariat.
Membership consists of Alliance members that have expressed interest in participating in the group and named staff to represent them through an open application process considering expertise, geographic representation, and gender balance. Participation in the Working Groups is voluntary. Any member of the Working Group may step down at any time. Members play an active role in communication – online or through virtual meetings. Working Groups focuses on monitoring and reporting progress on the ENDSARS demands through research and monitoring activities. Recommendations made during these efforts are not binding on the Alliance or its members. Final products are that of the Alliance and will be published on its website. Working Groups work virtually.
Ad-Hoc Working Groups
The Alliance Ad-Hoc Working Group provides a platform for continuous engagement with critical stakeholders such as government and private sector on issues that are outside of the remits of the main Working Groups but that are important to the work of the Alliance. It also serves as a forum for regular communication with other stakeholders going beyond mere information sharing but reciprocal collaboration on the Alliances priority areas of work, creating concrete outcomes.
The Alliance Secretariat is a neutral, third party unit that provides administrative, substantive and coordination assistance to the Alliance and its members. It maintains and strengthens the Alliance’s structure, processes, and institutional capacity to achieve its aims and priorities. The Secretariat supports project coordination, multistakeholder engagement and effective implementation of the Alliance’s programmatic work while also serving as the point of contact for anyone interested in the work of the Alliance. Currently this function is held temporarily by the Nigeria Network of NGOs, a national platform based in Lagos.