Scope of Operations & Activities


Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN)

Scope of Operations & Activities

PWAN enhances citizens’ participation and improves security governance in Nigeria and West Africa.

Mission and Purpose

Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to enhancing citizen's participation and improving security governance in Nigeria and West Africa broadly. PWAN's vision is for there to be"robust good governance & accountable institutions in Nigeria and west Africa." The organiztion is located in Abuja, with a national and regional reach. PWAN is part of 19 national organizations around the world, united by common approaches including participatory decision making, collaborative advoaccy, consensus building and social entreprenuership for democratic governance.

Origins and Development 

PWAN commenced operations on 2nd March, 2016

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

When it started, the organization had four staff, but has grown to 15 full time staff and 2 interns in the Abuja office, while the Public Defenders' Office in Kano has 11 full time staff.

Funded by:

- US Embassy - Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL)

- MacArthur Foundation

- British High Commission to Nigeria

Specializations, Methods and Tools

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Major Projects and Events

1. Social Accountability in the Judicial Sector 2016 - 2017 (Abuja & Kano)

2. Promoting Informed Dialogues in Security 2017 - 2018 (nationwide)

3. Greater Access to Defense and Justice 2017-2019 (Kano) 

4. Enhancing Transparency in the Nigerian Judicial Sector (2017 - 2020) Abuja, Lagos & Ondo

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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Rule of Law Program Area:

1.Policy Brief - Measures to Strengthen Accountability of Judicial Officials

2. Policy Brief- Prevalence of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Kano State, Nigeria

3. Newsletter- Public Defenders' Office

Citizen Security program area

1. Non State Security Actors and Security Provisioning in Nigeria

2. Policy Brief- Citizen's Security and the Challenges of Promoting Informed Dialogue on Security in Nigeria

See Also

Rights awareness in Nigeria through virtual and media engagement during COVID-19

Citizen Observers: Social Accountability in Nigeria’s Judicial Sector

PWAN Court Observation Training


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