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Nigerian National Localization Framework

The Nigerian National Localization Framework refered to as ''Operational Framework for Local and International NGOs in Nigeria'' is a product of a project implemented by a consortium of 5 INGOs led by Christian Aid and four others namely Action Aid, CAFOD, Care and Tearfund. The project Accelerated Location Through Partnership (ALTP) was implemented for 2 years (November 2017 to October 2019) with funding from European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).    This document is expected to guide the operations of local and international NGOs within the country.

Week 2: Lent reflections – Sunday 25 February

Philip Galgallo, Christian Aid’s country manager in Burundi, who grew up in Northern Kenya, provides a powerful reflection for the second week of Lent. He leads us into a deeper understanding of the wilderness of devastating drought. 

Week 3: Lent reflections – Sunday 4 March

In this third week of Lent we journey with those who have had to flee from violence in Nigeria.

Week 1: Lent reflections – Sunday 18 February

Our first Lent reflection, written by Christian Aid’s programme communication manager in Kenya, David Mudachi, leads us to reflect on the wilderness moments of our lives. It considers how, as societies, we can find inspiration to respond from Jesus’ wilderness sojourn.

HIV Related Stigma and Shame in Nigerian Faith Communities

There have been suggestions and clear indications that religion, with its potentials to influence behaviours, provides opportunity that can be leveraged on to achieve HIV prevention goal by involving religious leaders at the local level. There is also evidence suggesting that religious engagement presents important potential for improving physical and psychological health and well-being of people living with HIV as religious beliefs are seen to reduce depression, increase optimism and strength in dealing with a difficult life transition like HIV infection.     Faith leaders have the advantages of robust followership, an existing platform to reach people and access to resources beyond the immediate community. Religious leaders enjoy the respect as opinion leaders in their faith congregations and communities and have the opportunity to use the pulpit to challenge destructive prejudices that reinforce stigma, and at the same time convey important information to the population to improve uptake of HIV services as people tend to listen to what their faith leaders say. However, there have been concerns of high perceptions of stigma emanating from religious communities connected with the religious narratives that associate HIV infection to “sinful” sexual behaviour. This report presents findings from an assessment on the nature and predictors in Abuja, Anambra and Benue States on HIV related stigma, discrimination and shame in Nigerian Faith Communities and how Faith leader play an important role in reducing the stigma.

Rohingya Crisis Appeal church poster

Downloadable Rohingya Crisis Appeal poster to print out and display in your church.

Faith and deeds

A service to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation based on the Catholic Reformation. 

Week 4: Lent reflections – Sunday 11 March

Written by Bob Kikuyu, who is from Kenya and is Christian Aid’s Deputy Head of the Africa Division. He is formerly a church minister who has worked over many years with the poor in the slums of Nairobi.