Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Intervention for Human Rights and Social Justice in Nigeria
Explain your idea in details:
My idea is to register a charity that will focus on fighting and discouraging human rights violation and social injustice in Nigeria. We will fight and discourage gender inequality; human trafficking; child rights abuse; illegal detention; torture and other human rights violation by security agencies and other oppressors. It is evident that the rate of human rights violation and social injustice in Nigeria has been on the increase in the recent time. This is as a result of the Nigerian leaders and government institutions’ failure in the discharge of their constitutional duties. It is a pity to know that even the law enforcement agencies that are saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding lives and properties of the masses have turned against them by becoming their oppressors. It is so worrisome that Nigerian leaders are no longer held accountable for abuse of public trust and the government institutions that are set up to checkmate the activities of these leaders are no longer doing their job. The Nigerian society has become the den of armed robbers, terrorists, and all manner of criminals you can think of. It has become a society where people violate human rights and go unpunished; a society where political leaders and other public office holders abuse public office and embezzle public funds without being punished for their crimes; instead they are being celebrated. In order to fight and discourage these bad practices, the charity will take the responsibility of seeing that legal advice and support services are provided to the human rights violated persons who for the reason of their disadvantaged economic and or educational background cannot afford the cost of seeking justice in the courts. We will also engage in sponsoring public interest litigation with a view to discouraging social injustice and promoting social justice.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The activities of my charity are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will have a very big impact on Nigeria in the area of promoting human rights, social justice and civil liberty with a view to strengthening democracy. Goal 5 advocates for gender equality which discourages all forms of discrimination against women and girls, and that women and girls should be empowered through education for economic growth and development in societies. Goal 10 also is advocating against income inequality on the ground that government institutions should make sound policies to empower the bottom percentile of income earners, and promote economic inclusion for all, regardless of sex, race or ethnicity. Goal 16 of the SDGs advocates for peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law. These three goals form part of the core areas of our interest in the fight against human rights and social injustice with a view to have a sustainable democracy in Nigeria. Our target is to cover the entire Nigeria, but we will commence operations in the Northeast Nigeria after we have established the charity. Subsequently we will extend our activities to other regions in Nigeria, depending on the volume of funds we get from donors. In measuring success, we will use ‘Outcome Evaluation Model’. Outcome Evaluation Model is also known as Impact Evaluation Model. It is a type of evaluation technique that uses observations, interviews and questionnaires to assess and determine the success result of a particular project or programme that is initiated for a change. I have assurance that using this evaluation technique will give me an understanding of the level at which our activities have made impact in the society.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We plan to register the charity as an NGO with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigeria before end of August, 2018. After that we will secure an office space in one of the states in the Northeast, Nigeria. After we have got funds, we will partner with credible and reputable law firms in Nigeria so they will provide the victims of human rights violation with legal advice and support services. We will also partner with international donor organizations and other humanitarian aid organizations so we may get donations and grants to meet the demand of funding our activities. Aside touring schools which we have been doing for the time being with a view to creating awareness and educating students on the concept of human rights, social justice and civil liberty; we also plan to engage the use of digital media technology to have extensive coverage for public education and awareness.
My name is Attamah Chijioke Malachy; a Nigerian, resident in Nigeria. I am a student of Law at American University of Nigeria, Yola. I am from an economic disadvantaged family, and as such I have had so many experiences – both the good and the ugly which have contributed to making my life more historical. I am passionate about community development service and on different occasions I have volunteered in different capacities with a view to making my society better. I also have a high level of interest in human rights protection, social justice and civil liberty in Africa and for the time being I have been organizing campaign rallies in schools with a view to creating awareness and educating the public on the significance of human rights and social justice in our societies, and the need to promote same. Sincerely, I am motivated by helping people meet their needs and or solve their problems. It gives me a greater joy; and I find an inner fulfillment when I know that I have contributed to making that happen. I was born on October 17, 1985.