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 May 2021

COVID-19 curfews imposed by the Federal Government on some states remain, but most of the initial restrictions [...]

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: Government Supervision of NGOs in Nigeria

Infographic: Government Supervision of NGOs in Nigeria
Four statutory agencies of government supervise the activities of non-governmental organizations in Nigeria. This infographic provides an overview of their ... Read More

Nigeria Philanthropy Law

(Photo credit: SabrinaDan Photo/Flickr)
Although Nigeria does not have a formal philanthropic sector and can boast of only a few well-known philanthropists, giving is ... Read More


UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Freedom of Assembly and Association

UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on Freedom of Assembly and Association
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and CIVICUS are pleased to announce that on September 30, 2010, the United ... Read More

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