WEP holds annual staff retreat, hosts partners to a new-year dinner to present a film on gender and chemicals.

Board Members and Staff of WEP pose for a group photograph after the 3-day staff retreat in Abuja, Nigeria

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) organized a 3-day retreat for staff and Board Members of the organization from 7 – 10 January, 2018, at Royal Choice Inn, Central Area, Abuja, Nigeria. As it is customary to WEP, at the beginning of every year, Staff and Board Members of the organization convene for a retreat where the organization reflects on her activities for the previous year and plan for the new year.

The 2018 staff retreat was a unique one as WEP used it to plan for commencement of implementation of her new 10-year Strategic Plan, which runs from 2018 – 2027. The development of this new Strategic Plan was supported by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF). The newly produced WEP’s Resource Mobilization Strategy, also supported by AWDF, was presented to the Board Members and approved. WEP’s new Strategic Plan provides for International Board of Directors as well as National Board of Directors in her countries of operation. With this provision, some notable international women’s rights and gender activists – Sascha Gabizon from the Netherlands, Winnie Lichuma from Kenya and Yuyun Ismawati from Indonesia – have joined the International Board. Sascha and Winnie were at the retreat to share their wealth of experience with staff. Other Board Members at the retreat were: Yakubu Aliyu, Professor David Ker, Professor Kabiru Isyaku, Dr. Janeth Asagh, Dr. Reubem Ibaishwa, Anne-Marie Abaagu and Dr. Priscilla Achakpa, the Exceutive Director.

After the Staff retreat, WEP hosted her partners to a new-year dinner at Royal Choice Inn, Abuja to appreciate the support to her work received from the partners over the years. The partners were drawn from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, Civil Society Organizations, United Nations Agencies and the Media.

During the dinner, WEP and her Netherland partner, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) made a presentation of the film based on the scoping study on gender dimensions of chemicals and wastes policies under the BRS Conventions in Nigeria.

WEP also presented awards to some of her Staff for outstanding performance in year 2017. The awards were: Award for Outstanding Performance Through Innovative Ideas, presented to Mr John Baaki Terzungwe; Award for Being Excellent Team Leader presented to Mr. Cliff Gai; Award for Being Proactive, presented to Ms Damaris Uja; and Award for Dedication to Work presented to Mr. Barau Bature.

What a wonderful way to start a year at WEP.

Mr. John Baaki Terzungwe (Right) receives award for ‘Outstanding Performance Through Innovative Ideas’
Mr. Cliff Gai (Right) presented with the ‘Award for Being Excellent Team Leader’
Ms Damaris Uja (Right) presented with the ‘Award for Being Proactive’
Mr. Barau Bature (Left) presented with the ‘Award for Dedication to Work’
Sascha Gabizon of WECF giving highlight of the film – What has gender got to do with chemicals?

Call for applications from Non-Governmental Organizations/Community-Based Organizations to support implementation of activities under the Kingdom of Netherlands-supported project

WEP wishes to engage the services of Non-Governmental Organizations (CSOs)/Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to support in delivering on the objectives and the goal of her Kingdom of Netherlands-supported project.

Specifically, the CSOs/CBOs will:

  1. Conduct interactive sessions with women in rural communities of Benue and Zamfara States to determine their priorities and push for their inclusion in national and or state budgets.
  2. Monitor for effective implementation of some capital projects in the states and national budgets to ensure they deliver the intended positive results for women and girls.
  • Design activities to identify and leverage on existing structures in the states

Download the Application Template here: Application Template

WEP participates in Protection of Civilians Course

Tracy of WEP (3rd from right, sitting) with other participants of Protection of Civilians course

One of the pillars of Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is Peace and Security. The organization works assiduously to update her staff on current issues.

Nguvese Tracy Ogbonna a Program Officer at WEP participated in a two-week course on Protection of Civilians at the Martin Luther Agwai International Institute for Leadership and Peace Keeping Center, Jaji – Kaduna state.

This course focused on The United Nations mandate to Protect Civilians due to the high risk civilians face during conflict situations.  Some topics that were covered, were introduction to peace keeping, mission planning, tools to conduct peace keeping operations, UN operational concept on protection, case studies, conflict mapping, first aid and child protection. Some table top exercises were about planning a peace keeping operation in a simulated country called Carana Republic. The course ran from 1st to 16th September, 2017.

Delivering effective water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training

Delivering WASH
Group photograph of participants at the workshop on delivering effective WASH training in Warri, Delta state

WEP participated in a one week intensive workshop on “Delivering Effective WASH Training” organised by United Purpose, an international development charity organization in collaboration with the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-profit making organization concerned with building the service delivery and engagement capacities of governments, civil society organizations, and communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

The workshop which took place from 14th – 19th August, 2017 at PIND’s conference hall in Warri, Delta state, was aimed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to facilitate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) trainings.

During this workshop, participants built core skills in the areas of communication, instruction and facilitation of trainings. They were equally equipped with the basic concepts in lesson design. On completing the training workshop, the participants are expected to be able to facilitate pre-existing lessons focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and make small adjustments to lessons to tailor them for specific target audience.

Amazemba Theophilus Ternenge, WEP’s Program Officer (WASH) participated in this training.

WEP Participates in Resource Mobilization Boot Camp

Resource mobilization bootcamp
Evelyn Ugbe of WEP (In stripe top and black trouser, front line) and other participants pose for a group photograph during the Resource Mobilization Boot Camp organized by AWDF in Ghana.

In the current development space, funding for core humanitarian interventions are constrained by economic recession, changing priorities by Governments at the national, regional and global levels. Regardless of the availability of funds we have the moral responsibility to ensure that development challenges are addressed to build resilience of communities and prevent humanitarian crisis.

To this end African Women Development Fund (AWDF) organised a Resource Mobilization Boot Camp for 19 Civil Society Organisations from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, from 27th – 30th August, 2017 at Tomerik Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The boot camp was organised to build capacities of organisations on resource mobilization as well as develop a strategy to guide resource mobilization activities. The Resource Mobilization Boot Camp compliments the on-going review of WEP’s governance systems aimed at providing strategic direction to fund raising.

Due to the shrinking funding space, organizations were advised to broaden their funding base to reflect a variety of revenue streams that include funding from donors, corporate sponsors, public sector subsidies, charitable contributions, personal investments and other funding or investment mechanisms. This will allow for a diversification of funding sources so as not to threaten the effective implementation of critical programs that improve the lives of their beneficiaries.

The contextual situation of CSOs environment was assessed using the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. Using the Growth, Involvement, Visibility, Efficiency and Stability (GIVES) model, participants identified the most suitable approach to fund raising.

At the end of the training, each participant developed a zero draft Resource Mobilization Strategy for the period of 5 years to provide strategic direction for their organisations having been equipped with the technical skills to support Resource Mobilization in their organisations.


John Baaki Terzungwe

Programme Manager, Women Environmental Programme

Women2030 Delta

“We have no funds to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” This was the popular response we got from most offices of the Senior Special Assistants to the Governors on SDGs (SSAs on  SDGs) in the course of our baseline gender assessment against selected SDGs and targets in 10 states of Nigeria.

Following the adoption of the SDGs in September, 2015, to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), my organization, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) in collaboration with four other global and regional women’s organizations signed a 5-year framework agreement with the European Commission to monitor the implementation of the SDGs in 52 countries, under the project titled: “Women CSOs Networking to Realize the SDGs, also known as Women2030.” It was in the course of establishing baseline against selected goals and targets that would guide our engagement with different stakeholders on this project that we came to understand how the SDGs were viewed among government Ministries, Units, Departments and Agencies (MUDAs).

This view held about the SDGs by some government institutions and other stakeholders has necessitated this write-up.

It is important to clarify that SDGs are NOT PARALLEL development agenda that stand separate from other development plans of the Federal and State Governments. SDGs are part and parcel, or ought to be part and parcel of national and sub-national development plans and hence it is needless to design and implement a stand-alone project or program and tag it SDGs project or program. Strategies to realizing the SDGs are supposed to be mainstreamed in national and sub-national sectorial development plans. That is why the mandate of the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs) which is responsible for SDGs implementation in Nigeria is “coordination and policy formulation of programs designed to achieve SDGs.”

To me, SDGs are like any other development plan that the federal and states governments have always developed and implemented. Federal and states governments have always implemented poverty alleviation programs (Goal 1), health programs (Goal 3), education programs (Goal 4), water and sanitation programs (Goal 6), electrification programs (Goal 7) and many more. This is to say that before the adoption of the millennium declaration by the United Nations that gave rise to the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that elapsed in 2015, and subsequent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nigeria was already implementing the MDGs and SDGs respectively. Remove the targets and indicators from the SDGs and they become like any other development plan the federal and states governments have been implementing. So, why say you have no funds to implement the SDGs when every year the Governors prepare and lay on the floor of the States Houses of Assembly an Appropriation bill which is later signed into an Appropriation Act that authorizes expenditure from the States’ Consolidated Revenue Fund to implement the programs I have mentioned above?

The difference between the SDGs and any other national or state development plan is its global nature, its comprehensiveness and its integrated approach that revolves around social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals may not need funding outside the funding sources available to the states – states budgets and other external support to the states. And the offices of Senior Special Assistants to the Governors on SDGs may not need funding to implement “SDGs projects.” What the offices of the Senior Special Assistants to the Governors need is funds to coordinate different sectors, departments, ministries and agencies of government to mainstream SDGs in their plans.

Did I say the states do not need more funding for SDGs? No, but states can implement the SDGs with or without additional funding to the existing funding sources available to the states. And did I say the offices of the Senior Special Assistants to the Governors need not seek funding for SDGs implementation? No, offices of SSAs on SDGs can collaborate and coordinate relevant sectors to get additional funding from external sources to complement the sectors’ activities geared towards realizing SDGs. However, offices of SSAs on SDGs should not turn themselves into implementing agencies, but channel the resources they may get to the relevant sectors and only provide oversight on projects implementation.

The most important thing to realize the SDGs is not necessarily about getting more and more funding, but more about making judicious use of the available funds, channeling it where it is needed and avoiding unnecessary expenditures that will not contribute to realizing SDGs. This is where the offices of the SSAs on SDGs need to play a guiding role. The offices of the SSAs on SDGs need to get the relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government to understand the goals and targets that are relevant to their work and develop plans that are relevant to achieving the targets with timelines towards 2030. There should be a clear plan on how the state wants to achieve each target of its priority SDGs.

If for example, a state prioritizes Goal 4 and target 4a – Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environment for all – the state is morally bound to ensure that within its set timeframe, on or before 2030, all the schools in its jurisdiction has access to: (a) electricity; (b) the Internet for pedagogical purposes; (c) computers for pedagogical purposes; (d) adapted infrastructure and materials for students with disabilities; (e) basic drinking water; (f) single-sex basic sanitation facilities; and (g) basic hand-washing facilities. Any target prioritized by the state, it should ensure it addresses all the indicators set against that target in the SDGs.

Based on the above, it is the role of the states’ office of SSA on SDGs to get the education sector to focus its programs in the state within a particular timeframe and also push for appropriation appropriate to fund such programs to ensure target 4a above is met within a set timeframe.

To be candid, states that are desirous of realizing the SDGs should make it mandatory that state sectorial development plans are developed in collaboration and with the guidance of the offices of SSAs on SDGs. The states offices of SSAs on SDGs should prioritize the relevant goals and targets for the state based on its situation, set annual or 5-yearly target for different sectors. The states SDGs offices also should work with the states Planning Commissions, states ministries of Finance and Budget to get annual states appropriations that will contribute to the realization of the SDGs.

It seems to me that there is so much political authority required to coordinate and guide the implementation of the SDGs in the states. The SDGs implementation process in the states may be given more attention if coordinated directly from the offices of the Deputy Governors.

With or without additional funding, reasonable progress may be made towards realizing SDGs in states if the states maintain a focus on some priority goals, align their plans to the priority goals, fund and effectively implement programs and projects in line with the priority goals.

SDGs should not be viewed as an alien development agenda, but as those programs and projects which are capable of addressing the basic needs of the citizens if properly implemented.



The World Health Day celebrated on 7th April every year as initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides a unique opportunity to mobilise a specific action around themes that every day affects us. This year 2017 the theme was ‘Depression Let’s Talk’.  WEP as an organisation does not have Reproductive health as a thematic focus but through her peace building interventions in communities’ deals with trauma experienced by individuals who have faced issues that could lead to depression and its effect.

As part of her activities towards the commemoration of this year’s World Health Day, the Universal Peace Federation on 7th April, at Merit House Maitama, honoured WEP with an award on peace building in recognition of her contribution as a peace advocate in Nigeria.

Many proponents of peace were honoured some as individuals in their capacities as peace builders alongside some organisations that have been fostering peace in the Nation. It was a gathering that had business men, Ambassadors and many dignitaries in attendance.

WEP was ably represented by her Bibian Ama, Cliff Gai and Eje Emmanuel


Women2030 Delta
Step-down training on gender and SDGs in Delta State

In the first quarter of this year, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) convened a National Training of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) drawn from different states of Nigeria on Gender and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), under her “Women CSOs Networking to Realize the SDGs, aka Women2030” project, supported by the European Union. The training equipped the CSOs with deeper knowledge of SDGs and gender. This knowledge is to be used by the CSOs to effectively monitor implementation of SDGs in the states, ensuring that gender issues are mainstreamed in programmes, policies and legislations driving the implementation of the SDGs.

To ensure more CSOs have deeper knowledge of SDGs and gender, WEP in the second quarter of this year supported the step-down of this training in 10 states of Nigeria: Lagos, Benue, FCT, Kano, Katsina, Delta, Yobe, Anambra, Plateau and Rivers. The step-down trainings reached over 150 CSOs in the 10 states.

This training was followed by a gender assessment in each of the states to ascertain the different needs of women, men, the aged and other vulnerable groups that may hinder the realization of the SDGs in those states.

The step-down trainings and the gender assessment were facilitated by our National Women2030 partners as follows:

Lagos: Center for 21st Century Issues and Echoes of Women in Africa – 25th May, 2017

Benue: Benue NGO Network, Kwande Sisters Foundation and Charles and Doorsurgh Abaagu Foundatio – 29th and 30th May, 2017

FCT: Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative – 9th June, 2017.

Kano: Ziongate Empowerment Initiative – 25th May, 2017

Katsina: Murna Foundation – 23rd-24th May, 2017

Delta: Niger Delta Women’s Movement for Peace and Development – 30th – 31st May, 2017

Yobe: Women’s Rights Initiative – 8th June, 2017

Anambra: Gender Perspectives and Gender Development Center – 5th June, 2017

Plateau: Organized Centre for Empowerment and Advocacy in Nigeria (OCEAN) – 25th May, 2017.

Rivers: Center for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI) – 13th June, 2017

The findings from these assessments will be used as advocacy tool to engage different organs of governments at the states to push for actions that will contribute to the realization of the SDGs.