HumAngle, CSOs In Adamawa Rub Minds On Transparency In Humanitarian Funding

During the roundtable discussion, Civil Society Organisations operating in Adamawa State shared experiences, problems faced while carrying out community outreaches, and how lack of accountability worsened insecurity in Northeast Nigeria.

The management of HumAngle media on Thursday, May 26, engaged Yola-based Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria, on reducing corruption and enhancing accountability in humanitarian funding, in conflict-affected areas.

HumAngle, a niche media outfit that focuses on conflict, insecurity, development and the environment, has reported extensively on humanitarian crises in Northeast Nigeria in the last two years. 

During the roundtable discussion, the CSOs shared experiences, problems faced while carrying out community outreaches, and how lack of accountability worsens insecurity and humanitarian problems, especially in the BAY states: Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

Participants also explored the potential for collaboration among other CSOs and CBOs and building relationships with the media in the BAY states for maximum impact.

Participants interacting and sharing experiences during the roundtable discussions. Photo: Zubaida B Ibrahim/HumAngle.

HumAngle stressed the importance of having firm organisational policies and structures for CSOs to be in the position to demand accountability. 

Felix Gloria, one of the participants who co-facilitated a session, urged other colleagues to immerse themselves when implementing community-based projects in a bid to lessen the humanitarian crises that occur during conflict and violent clashes.

“These days, things are becoming very, very difficult; we need to sit down and internalise everything said today, and say ‘I want to be the change’. We don’t want a country where our children will not be secure,” Gloria said.

She added that commitment to the values of accountability by all stakeholders would help achieve the goals of the HumAngle/MacArthur project, which aims to enhance transparency and accountability in our society.

The roundtable had in attendance 12 CSOs and CBOs who have worked in Madagali, Michika, Gombi, Mayo Belwa, and other LGAs in Adamawa, where insurgency, farmer-herder clashes, and gender-based violence are prevalent

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