INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISM TOWARDS CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE / EXECUTIVE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA
Simply known as Legislative & Executive Advocacy & Constructive Engagement, Centa for Organizational Development has in the last one year established contacts, linkages and networks towards constructive engagement of government institutions in Nigeria both at the National and State levels. These relationships are aimed at strengthening and deepening understanding between the civil society groups, the Media, and governmental institutions with a view to sharing information, knowledge, best practices , what works and what does not work in promoting women’s socio cultural, economic and political rights in Nigeria.
COD organizes monthly /quarterly workshops and seminars ( Subject to availability of Funds) on topical issues, policies and programs that affect women’s socio- economic, political and human rights including the processes leading to the domestication of CEDAW into Nigeria’s Statute books. This program seeks to provide a forum for the government officials, women groups, organized private sector, and other stakeholders to interact on issues that are mutually beneficial for their sustainable growth and development women’s rights in Nigeria.
ACCESS TO MICROFINANCE
Centa for Organisational Development believes firmly that denial of women rights in most cultures of the world including Nigeria, has its roots in the economic over dependence of most women. This also leads to violence against women. As a result of this realism, COD from conception is completely committed to providing women in Nigeria with the skills, knowledge, trainings and contacts needed to access credits at all levels.
Specifically, women in Nigeria face a lot of barriers in accessing micro credit. Statistics show that less than .1% of all credits in Nigeria went to women in the period before 2006. It is worse for women in Agriculture. To redress this, COD Works in collaboration with financial institutions, the private sector and relevant government agencies to provide access to un collaterised credits to women traders/ entrepreneurs. This program seeks to demystify the wrong perceptions of women been able to access credit on their own rights as credible individuals. To date COD has over 250 registered members in Five micro credit units in Lagos Sub burb.
NETWORKING, MENTORING, PUBLIC/ PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION
Through this program/activity, COD works with other NGOs, government and the private sector in Nigeria on broad base issues to achieve an engendered society.