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ActionAid is an anti-poverty agency that prioritises works with the poor and excluded; promoting values and commitment in civil society, institutions and Governments with the aim of achieving structural changes in order to eradicate injustices and poverty in the world. ActionAid Nigeria is an affiliate of ActionAid International, an International Non-Governmental organisation registered in The Netherlands with its headquarters in Johannesburg South Africa. ActionAid International works in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
At the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union heads of government 2007, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), an initiative of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) by the African leaders. This legal document came into force on 15 February 2012 with about 10 countries signing and ratifying the document. Another 28 countries signed but have not ratified while 18 countries still have a neutral position on it. The ACDEG has since 2012 been ratified by 45 countries.
The instrument aims at reinforcing the commitment of the AU Member States towards the promotion and consolidation of democratic governance and human rights on the continent. The formulation of this charter was stimulated by different decisions, declarations, resolutions and normative instruments of AU. These instruments include the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; the 1999 Algiers Decision on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa; the 2000 Lomé Declaration on the Framework for an AU Response to Unconstitutional Changes of Government; the 2002 AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa; and the 2002 Constitutive Act of the AU.
The charter seeks to Promote adherence, by each State Party, to the universal values and principles of democracy and respect for human rights; Promote and enhance adherence to the principle of the rule of law premised upon the respect for, and the supremacy of the constitution and constitutional order in the political arrangements of the State Parties. It also seeks to Promote the holding of regular free and fair elections to institutionalize legitimate authority of representative government as well as a democratic change of governments; Prohibit, reject and condemn unconstitutional change of government in any member state as a serious threat to stability, peace, security and development amidst other objectives. The charter further empowers the African Union Commission (AUC) through the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit and the Democracy and Electoral Assistance Fund to offer technical assistance to AU Member States towards the strengthening and improvement of their electoral institutions and processes.
The implementation of ACDEG is envisaged to take place at national, regional and continental levels, leveraging normative instruments, policies, and structures at those levels as stipulated under Article 44 of ACDEG. Since the adoption of the charter in 2012, different countries have made a tremendous effort in the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in Africa. But of the 45 African countries signatory to ACDEG, only the Republic of Togo has since submitted its initial State Report on the implementation of the principles and commitments to the Charter. As part of efforts at organizing citizens for civic engagement and empower them to engage the government to live up to their responsibility of implementing the objectives of ACDEG, ActionAid Nigeria is targeting media as critical partners.
It is against this background that ActionAid Nigeria decided to commission a study into the status of implementation of African Charter on Democracy, Election, and Governance, with reference selected articles of the ACDEG charter. The study shall have examined the extent to which Nigeria has fared in the mainstreaming of the selected articles of the African Charter on Democracy Election
We believe that the media, being the most significant force in the public sphere, are the most important and viable stakeholder to tell the stories of the adherence and commitment of Nigeria to promoting democratic principle of human rights, respect for the rule of law, youth participation, gender equality and the extent to which institutions are strengthened.
This engagement is to write one investigative story/produce an investigative programme on issues around the level of implementation of selected articles of ACDEG. This story or programme would be based on the story idea already submitted and approved by ActionAid Nigeria.
Criteria for stories
The details and terms of reference are contained below:
The story will detail analyse the key democracy and governance trends in Nigeria focusing on constitutional order and rule of law, youth Participation, Gender Equality, Free and Fair Elections
The story must detail and identify the major challenges, threats, prospects and opportunities in enhancing constitutional order and rule of law within the framework of the provision of ACDEG.
The story must shun support for any political party, partisan political statements, religious orientation and any other tendentious orientation.
Explore and recommend how ACDEG can support Nigeria in promoting and enhancing adherence to the rule of law and constitutionalism within the framework of the AGA Platform
The story must avoid libellous claims, character assassination statements and strictly conform with all the ethics of journalism and media practice.
Your media organisation must be committed to publishing or airing the story.
The investigation/production of the story must be concluded and published/aired not later than 20th July 2018.The story shall focus on key areas identified by the Afro-Barometer as the focus for our engagement with policy makers.
You will be accountable in your work directly to the Social Mobilisation Manager of ActionAid Nigeria, who can also assign the Policy Campaign & Advocacy Officer and the Communications Coordinator to liaise directly with selected Journalists.
During investigating your story, you are expected to work with, and seek support of a consultant with relevant professional competencies and experience identified by ActionAid Nigeria
Any alterations to this Terms of Reference must be negotiated with the Social Mobilisation Manager, ActionAid Nigeria and approved by ActionAid’s Country Director.
Failure to comply with all the terms of this contract (or its agreed amended forms) will result in non-payment of either parts or all the fees due.