ICNL’s resources and information on Nigeria.


ICNL provides technical assistance to key local partners such as the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) to analyze laws affecting the operations of civil society and advocate for an enabling legislative framework. ICNL has supported CSO in their advocacy against restrictive laws through providing comments on proposed bills impacting on freedom of expression, association, assembly rights such as the Hate Speech Bill; the False News Bill; the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020; the Infectious Diseases Bill (2020) in response to COVID-19.

ICNL’s work has expanded to include technical assistance to CSOs to monitor legislative measures in response to COVID-19; strengthening civil society oversight during enforcement of emergency measures and responding to restrictions on civil society resulting from government’s attempts to counter money-laundering and terrorism financing.

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Civic Freedom Monitor


Last updated: 9 April 2021

Despite increasing breaches of social distancing/mask wearing anti coronavirus protocols, the government has [...]

Global Grantmaking Country Notes

In partnership with the Council on Foundations, ICNL maintains reports on thirty-four countries that help U.S grantmakers undertake equivalency determinations for foreign grantees. The reports in this series describe the legal frameworks for nonprofit organizations and provide translations of relevant legislative provisions.

Philanthropy Law Report

Although Nigeria does not have a formal philanthropic sector, giving is an important pillar of society. The environment for philanthropic giving is generally supportive, with few restrictions. This report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy, unpacking the history, and the present-day legal environment. It is accompanied by supplemental materials to provide more context on civil society and philanthropy in Nigeria.

Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index

The index, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development for twenty years, documents the development of civil society in seventy-one countries around the world, including Nigeria. ICNL and FHI 360 work with local partners to produce the index annually.


Infographic: Laws Affecting Philanthropic Giving in Nigeria

Infographic: Laws Affecting Philanthropic Giving in Nigeria
A wide array of laws regulate philanthropic giving in Nigeria. This infographic provides an overview of 10 key pieces of ... Read More

Factsheet: NGO Bills Proposed in Nigeria Between 2015-17

Factsheet: NGO Bills Proposed in Nigeria Between 2015-17
Between 2015 and the beginning of 2017, legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives proposed five Bills whose provisions ... Read More

FAQ: Nigeria’s Tax Law for NGOs

FAQ: Nigeria’s Tax Law for NGOs
This FAQ answers some of the most common questions about tax obligations for NGOs in Nigeria ... Read More


ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports

ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Philanthropy Law Reports. Reports are currently ... Read More

Latest ICNL Publication Explores Civil Society Challenges in Africa

A health post providing preventative care and treatement in a number of areas, including HIV, in Ethiopia. A new ICNL publication explores the impact of a foreign funding law on HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (photo credit: Sarah V. Harlan/JHU via Photoshare)
What impact has a foreign funding cap had on HIV/AIDS groups in Ethiopia? How can the right to peaceful assembly ... Read More

Nigerian Ban on Homosexual Associations Threatens Freedoms of Assembly and of Association

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Sweeping legislation signed into law in Nigeria last week threatens the rights to freedom of assembly and of association for ... Read More

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