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Higlights/List of activities 2011

Please find below more detailed information about selected activities carried out in 2011. Feel free to contact us for more information.


Book Launch: The Power of Women’s Collective Action (by Comrade Mma Odi)

Men dominate almost all spheres of public (and private) life in Igboland in southeastern Nigeria. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung supports the Rural Women Empowerment and Development Network (RUWEN) in educating the rural population on the harmfulness of some traditional practices, in dialoguing with traditional rulers on the role of women in their societies, and in training rural women to become self-reliant citizens.

Some of the success stories have now been published in a book: The Power of Women’s Collective Action, Edited by Comrade Mma Odi. Please find the review of the book, written by the Nigerian writer and poet Olajumoke Verissimo HERE. The book is available for free at our offices in Lagos and Abuja.


Africa Industrialization Day – Ending the paradox of jobless growth

Marking the Africa Industrialization day 2011, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, in collaboration with the National Union of Textile and Garment Workers in Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and numerous unions from employment-relevant sectors, organized a press conference to start a union-driven initiative for job creation in the country. Read more

Conference “The Fruit of our Labour: A New agenda for Improving Conditions of Journalist in Africa”, Abuja, July 20th-21st, 2011.

IFJ-FAJ-FES Conference 2011 AbujaJournalists in Africa face dire working conditions, characterized by a lack of social security, no regular salary payments and multiple threats to life and safety. Although collective bargaining agreements have been developed, they have hardly been implemented. In 2008 the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) was founded with the main objectives to set labour regulations, defend freedom of expression and to increase communication amongst its members. Read more

Manfred Öhm, Sebastian Sperling, Arne Schildberg, Peer Teschendorf: Overstretched and Overrated? Prospects of Regional Security Policy in Africa and its European Support

Book Launch: Reflections on a Decade of Democratization in Nigeria (by Professor ‘Lai Olurode)

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, in cooperation with the Islamic Network for Development, on July 12, 2011, at Airport Hotel Lagos publicly launched the book “Reflections on a Decade of Democratization in Nigeria”, edited by Professor ‘Lai Olurode. Please find book review by Professor Sam Egwu (Governance Team Leader of UNDP) for your information and use. Read here
The book is available at the offices of FES in Abuja and Lagos for a token fee.

Discussion Paper: The Jos Crisis: A Recurrent Nigerian Tragedy Abuja, June 28th, 2011

Book Launch: Jos CrisisThe recurrent conflict in and around Jos, located in Plateau State, has cost many lives and destroyed much property. The conflict is increasingly carried out along religious lines, but observers agree that the true causes are social and political. These causes have yet to be addressed. Read more


INEC Chairman visits Germany upon invitation by FES.

(Fr. L-R (1) INEC Chairman discussing with German Members of Parliament; (2) Prof. Okey Ibeanu, Chief Technical Advisor, Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman, Prof. Lai Olurode, National Commissioner and Chairman of the Electoral Board; (3) Prof. Peter Eigen, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Prof. Gesine Schwan, Prof. Lai Olurode )

Upon invitation by FES, a Delegation of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), headed by its Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has visited Germany from May 24 – 28, 2011. The purpose of the visit was to educate the German public and key decision-makers on the recent developments in Nigeria, relating to the April general elections, and to foster the dialogue between INEC and German electoral institutions. Read more


FES Resident Representative Thomas Mättig on the Presidential Elections 2011 (in German)

FES Resident Representative Thomas Mättig on the Nigerian elections 2011 (in German)

INEC and FES against Electoral Fraud, Abuja, March 17; Katsina, March 24, 2011.

Nigeria’s 2011 elections have raised hopes and fears across the country. Some observers went as far as to call them the “last chance” of the Nigerian democracy. The need to end the tradition of rigging, electoral violence and collusion between politicians and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has repeatedly been emphasized. Read more


Gender and Policing in the Nigerian Police, Abuja, March 7, 2011

Gender and PolicingIn order to meet democratic standards, security agencies such as the police need to be truly representative of the society they serve. In the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), gender equality is still at a very early stage. Particularly in the middle or higher ranks of the NPF, women are heavily underrepresented. Read more.

Book Launch: (FES Discussion Paper No. 1): Anti-Corruption Policies in Nigeria Under Obasanjo and Yar'Adua: What to do After 2010? (by Dr. David U Enweremadu.

Book Launch: The State of Workers‘ Rights in Nigeria: An Examination of the Banking, Oil and Gas and Telecommunication Sectors (by Funmi Adewumi and Adebimpe Adenugba)
Workers’ Rights are Human Rights, and the implementation can serve as an indicator for the state of democracy in any society. In Nigeria’s fledging Oil & Gas, Telecomm and Banking sectors, issues like casualization of labour, late or no payment of salaries or sexual harassment at the workplace are a daily experience for many workers, as this study shows. The book launch that held in Lagos on November 15 gathered representatives of the Nigerian labour unions, the media and employers’ associations. The book is available at the FES offices in Lagos and Abuja. The book review by Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development can be read here. To access online version of this book, please go to publications.

Security Challenges of Election Management: Towards Nigeria’s 2011

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in cooperation with FES held a workshop on security challenges of election management in Abuja on October 25-26. The workshop brought together the Chairman and Commissioners of INEC with eminent researchers and various national stakeholders from police, intelligence, media, private security companies, non-governmental institutions. The highlight of the event was an exchange with international guests. Read more

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