Investigating the Intersections between Counterterrorism and NGOs in Nigeria: Development Practice in Conflict-affected Area

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Abstract

This article examines the factors that influence the Nigerian government’s constraints of NGOs in counter-terrorism context, analysing whether NGO type, nature, areas of operation and size were determinant factors. Drawing from mixed-methods design, it argues that NGOs’ political advocacy, reporting of human rights abuses and monitoring the use of security funds were key factors that attract government restrictions. Women, youth, children, and faith-based NGOs experienced more government constraints than human rights NGOs. Advocacy and international NGOs also suffered more restrictions. The findings contribute to generalisable knowledge by demonstrating the link between counter-terrorism and NGOs in Nigeria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-512
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Aid – Accountability, Development policies, Capacity development
  • Governance and public policy
  • Conflict and reconstruction
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Rights – Gender and diversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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