Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) In-Country visit to Nigeria
The In-Country Pilot Working Group (ICPWG) in Nigeria was established in 2017 and is chaired by the Swiss Embassy and LITE-Africa with members comprising of government actors, civil society organizations and corporate organizations. The In-Country Implementation Pilot Working Groups seeks to facilitate activities that promote in-country implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (the “Voluntary Principles”) and that address local security and human rights challenges. These activities include, but are not limited to:
• Facilitating formal and informal discussions regarding the local security and human rights context, including identifying challenges and opportunities to address concerns;
• Organizing in-country roundtables to share best practices and identify lessons learned with regard to in-country Voluntary Principles implementation;
• Complementing initiative-level verification processes by enhancing visibility of implementation efforts and security and human rights risks specific to the country;
• Promoting the Voluntary Principles in engagements with relevant local stakeholders;
• Supporting local, regional and/or national human rights assessments and monitoring of security and human rights concerns;
• Conducting assessments of the familiarity of local stakeholders with the Voluntary Principles and identifying opportunities to share expertise;
• Developing training materials for members of the Pilot Group as well as private and public security forces; and
• Serving as an in-country resource for local stakeholders interested in the Voluntary Principles and/or the Voluntary Principles Initiative.
Over time, the VPI expects that the work of the pilot groups will evolve so as to be increasingly responsive to local country needs. In order to create more awareness on the pilot group, and specifically the ICPWG in Nigeria, the Chair, together with the Dutch Embassy and the ICPWG are organizing an in-country visit to Nigeria.
The objectives of the visit are the following:
· To support the Nigerian ICPWG;
· To enhance the understanding of the Nigerian VPI-context;
o Identifying and responding to local in-country challenges related to implementation of the Voluntary Principles and working to identify joint solutions to those challenges;
· To do outreach within the country;
o Create interest amongst local officials, companies and civil society about the VPs.
o Sharing best practices, fostering communication, and raising awareness related to local security and human rights environments;
o Strengthening participation by local host governments (formally or informally), with a focus on host government security stakeholders;
o Promoting the Voluntary Principles in engagements with relevant local stakeholders;