Nigerian CSOs Not Financially Sound – Report


By Iro Dan Musa

A yearly National Civil Society Organizations Sustainability Index (CSOSI) survey for Sub-Saharan Africa specifically in Nigeria has revealed that most of Nigerian CSOs are not financially viable to operate effectively.

This was announced during a one-day dissemination workshop on the 2018 CSO sustainability index for sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria held in Kano organized by Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), on behalf of FHI360.

Speaking during the presentation of the survey, the project convener Malam Umar Ibrahim Yakubu of Federal University of Dutse stated that, the report has shown that though CSOs financial viability is low, there is a slight improvement from previous year’s survey which shows that, CSOs are adopting crowdfunding to raise fund locally even as foreign support is the main source of funding available to CSOs in Nigeria.

Similarly, the Director Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies Bayero University Kano Professor Isma’ila Zango stated that the findings of the survey will surely add value to a lot of development sectors as well as to be used as advocacy tool, to measures donor successes or failures in the sector and also to serve as reference material for future research work.

Professor Zango further revealed that, part of the project objective is to disseminate the finding of the project to CSOs and other relevant stakeholders in Nigeria.