About us

Center for Initiative & Development (CFID) is a registered non-governmental, non-for profit development and service delivery focused organization, with over 7 year’s corporate existence as an NGO.

We are a body of indigenous people working to improve the quality of life of our host communities. We are natives and local people who understand best our problems and as such are in a better position to provide sustainable solutions to address gaps in health, environment and socio-economic livelihood of our people.

Our Goal:To be a community driven and people oriented organization that provides quality interventions in line with best practices and National guidelines, suitable and adapted to meet the needs of target groups and populations.

Our Vision:A society where the people, communities and affected populations are empowered, well informed and involved in their development.

Our Mission:To promote access to quality social and health care intervention services, engaging and empowering communities to address the challenges of sustainable development and health outcomes through family centered approaches in all target communities.

To be a leading patient driven organization, empowering patients and improving access to life saving health and social services 

 

CFID operates with a 5 multi-year Strategic Plan, ending in 2020. We develop our Operational Plan on a yearly basis to guide all programs and activities of the organization.

Our Areas of focus include:

At CFID we are passionately committed to the principles of equality, diversity and gender mainstreaming to ensure that affected populations and communities are offered an equitable access to information, care and support and are empowered through knowledge and skills acquisition for stronger resilience and fulfilled living.

  1. Research and Development (RD)
  2. Social Investment Programs for marginalized groups-Socio economic and Livelihood support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
  3. HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and other STI prevention and impact mitigation
  4. Human Rights, especially Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights 
  5. Cancer awareness, prevention (self-breast examination, HPV vaccination to vulnerable girls/women, and treatment for cervical cancer using Visual Inspection using Acetic acid (see and treat approach) and cryotherapy.

Strategic Programming:

In CFID we work with innovative strategies solving community problems and challenges using new approaches. We are innovative in our models, strategies and interventions adapting best practices that can be replicated to new host communities.

In our Resource Mobilization Strategy, we galvanize local and community support and investment, adopt social investment programs that generate income plowed back into other interventions-like a revolving fund mechanism. We work to ensure we have a diverse stream of income to address specific community’s needs.

 

CFID builds its core community interventions on the following principles: Involvement, Participation and Engagement

 

Community Involvement:

As a community driven organization, we are rooted in our host communities and operate with community input in all our programming. We ensure our host communities and target groups are an integral part of the interventions and they take ownership of their own success. We put our communities on the driving seat to adapt to changes and learnings to improve their livelihood.

 

Community Participation: we ensure that host community people are active partners in the regeneration of their communities – contributing and sharing in the decisions that affect their lives. This enables them to have a degree of power and control in the processes with which they are involved.

 

Community Engagement:In all host communities, we work towards continuous dialogue among various stakeholders – the development and maintenance of relationships between communities and organizations where decisions are shared and based on mutual and growing understanding towards a common cause or aspiration or goal.

Our Goal of community engagement is to build mutual trust, common understanding and shared purpose through continuous dialogue and action between and among community groups and support institutions. Identify each strengths and use these strengths to reinforce each-others efforts and make transformation happen at the response level.

 

Using the family centered approach we engage community systems and structures to ensure complete ownership and sustainability of outcomes. Our communities are not just beneficiaries and recipients of our interventions, but they take active roles in their own development and we work to ensure that we engage them from needs bearers (involvement) to rights holders (participation) to power-holders (engagement)

 

Focus:

  • CFID’s Executive Director is also the National Coordinator of Civil Society Network on Viral Hepatitis, working with government, other policy stakeholders and scientific community to ensure quality health outcomes for patients in Nigeria.
  • CFID is primarily a patient centred and patient focused organization working to empower patients to become active partners in managing their health conditions. We work with Clinicians, Nurses, Pharmacists and other health professionals to improve health outcomes and provide the patient perspective to health care.
  • As an advocacy group, we work closely with key government and policy makers, amplifying the patient voice, demanding and asking for a patient-centred and patient focused friendly policies. We also work to provide enabling environment for sustainable delivery of services that meets international best practices.
  • We are passionate about our patient community, as a result, we advocate to industry partners to remove barriers patient face towards accessing life-saving solutions to their health-medicines and diagnostics.

From the year 2010 to date CFID continues to provide the following services to our host communities;

  • Weekly, Mondays; Wednesday and Fridays FREE HBsAg and Anti HCV tests to the general public. We provide this services to over 200 persons weekly. This service is not funded by any partner
  • Monthly FREE HBV vaccines to 10% of tested population
  • Monthly Television Health Education live talk on viral hepatitis, aimed at raising awareness on the d

 

As an indigenous group, we reach the most vulnerable in the society, especially vulnerable children, AIDS Orphans, unaccompanied Internally Displaced children, street children and people who are economically and socially excluded from basic quality social, health services, living in hard-to-reach communities, such as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), People in Prostitution (PIP), LGTB, Men who sleep with Men (MSM), incarcerated populations, LGBT communities, among other marginalized groups.

In all host communities, we work with diverse groups, but focuses more on vulnerable and marginalized groups.

We work with institutions and organizations to remove barriers to services such as out of pocket expense, stigma and discrimination, high cost of services, low capacity of health workers on service delivery and difficult terrains.

 

Our projects have helped to provide the needed life-saving solutions to our patients removing barriers to services thereby improving their lives and resilience to new and emerging pandemics.

Staff capacity

CFID has eight (8) full time staff and over 185 volunteers working in 16 states out of the 36 plus 1 states in Nigeria. CFID selects individuals regardless of race, color, nationality, caste, creed, or sex.

Those individuals are selected on the basis of qualification required as determined by the job description, including education, experience, training, skill, physical requirement or any other condition required to perform satisfactorily the duties of the position.  It is the objective of CFID to ensure that it builds a competent and efficient organization.  Everyone is expected to show commitment to working to develop gender equity, both institutionally and within its programs. 

CFID believes in staff development as a Strategy in making the organization achieve its Strategic goals and Objectives. All CFID staff have received specific trainings related to their respective offices and operations that make them deliver on assigned tasks and responsibilities.  We also cultivate and maintain good working relations with community members recruited as volunteers on our entire project. 

Human Resource Management is a key focus of CFID as we seek to create an environment that enhances motivation, commitment and job satisfaction as a way to improve performance and retain talented people. We also seek to increase capabilities and potential of our staff by providing learning and continuous development opportunities.

 

CFID’s HR focus is on creating an environment that enables staff to make the best use of their capabilities and to realize their potential to the benefit of both the organization and to themselves.

Staff training, satisfaction and retention are our topmost priority as we seek to deliver services to our communities.

CFID conducts a bi-annual staff appraisal and performance evaluation on all staff. Results of the appraisal are used to justify staff increased remunerations, promotions or penalties, as the case may be.

 

Operational Governance structure and processes:

CFID has a management and board of directors of highly trained professionals each with a suitable role in service delivery, program management, training, counselling, treatment, quality assurance, research and evaluation.

Our leadership team is committed, dynamic and with strong desire for change. It comprises of a determined team of professionals with medical, finance, public health, economics, education, research, and other diverse backgrounds. 

 

The Executive Director is assisted by the Director of Programs, Accountant, Senior M & E Programe Officer/ Assistant Program Officers and M&E Officers. The organization is made up of seven departments:  Finance, Monitoring and Evaluations, Program Management, OVC/Family care, Community Mobilization, Resource Mobilization and Admin Departments. 

CFID management is very keen to lead the organization with strong management attributes for its greater sustainability.

Organizational Systems:Governance and Leadership: A new BOT was recently identified and appointed. A BOT improvement Plan has been developed to improve BOTs involvement in the organizations activities.

 

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

At CFID we are passionately committed to the principles of equality and diversity and aim to ensure that affected populations living with HIV/AIDS and or Viral Hepatitis or any other communicable or chronic conditions are offered an equitable access to information, treatment options, culturally aware healthcare practitioners, peer support activities; and are empowered to express their particular needs, and to have these needs fulfilled. Furthermore we are unswerving in our mission to diminish the societal stigma and discrimination that is frequently associated with communicable and chronic health conditions; which impedes access to testing, treatment adherence, monitoring, support, and consequently impairs quality of life and well-being. 

Using the patient centered approach, we advocate for and on-behalf of patients and other affected populations for key policy decisions affecting their lives and well-being. 

As an organisation, CFID is dedicated to extending our policy of equal opportunity to our staff, volunteers and members.  We respect and value the contribution of all people who share our mission to enrich the quality of life and well-being of our community beneficiaries who might or might not be living with a communicable or chronic illness; while we encourage the perspectives and input of a diverse range of individuals and groups of various races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, health statuses, backgrounds and skills.

GENDER -MAINSTREAMING

 

In CFID we apply a gender perspective in the life cycle of a development intervention. Gender equality is considered in identification, formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

We apply an Appreciative Inquiry approach at relevant stages of the project or programme;

We design project and programmes, monitor and evaluate on gender equality and act as a change agent in the change process

 

We prepare a gender assessment of all development intervention.

 

We select Gender sensitive indicators for change and use Gender sensitive data collection and analyses in all our work

In CFID Gender is at work

 

Human Resource Management: CFID has a Human Resource Manual and a Human Resource/Admin Manager. Staff satisfaction survey is conducted, Job Descriptions developed and a HR Strategic Plan is being developed for the organization. Staff retention and satisfaction is given top priority by the organization, while maintaining and improving on the organizational culture and ethos. 

Internal controls exist in all departments in the organization, to ensure efficient use of resources and attainment of project objectives.

 

Financial Management:

CFID operates a transparent accounting process to service programs and organizational activities in line with best accounting procedures and financial policy. This has justified donor confidence and value for services rendered tocommunities.  CFID’s Financial Management system consists of an Administrative system and a Finance system. The Administrative system helps the organization in planning, communication, decision making controlling and evaluating outputs against inputs. This includes all policies on office management, Human Resources, Communication and IT, Job Descriptions for all staff and the organizational chart.

This has justified donor confidence and value for services rendered to the communities. Accounting systems in CFID include; Cash books, Ledgers, Fixed Asset registers, Charts of accounts. Internal control mechanisms exist that ensures segregation of duties, authorization and approvals, reconciliations, and record retention for review.

CFID has successfully registered with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria, with evidence of a certificate.

 

CFID operates separate dedicated accounts for each Grant/project it implements, with a minimum of two signatories, and separate cash books and documentation. This ensures probity accountability to our donors and beneficiaries. 

 

The accounting unit is manned by competent professionals in the accounting field. CFID has a working financial policy, a Procurement Policy and budget tracking tools that ensures that all resources are utilized to meet the Generally Accepted Accounting Principle.

 

Systems are in place for routine internal and external audit by committee’s set-up by the executive council to ensure organizations financial systems and resources are being utilized to achieve the mission of the organization.

 

CFID operates an electronic system of finance and accounting, and is migrating to the use of Quick Books accounting software. A yearly financial report stating organizations income and expenditure statements are produced and shared with the BOT and management.

 Strategic Objectives

To achieve our organizational vision, CFID established the following strategic objectives that will guide our actions over the next five years

CFID’s strategic objectives for the period 2018-2023 aim to:

Goal 1: To be recognized as a successful people oriented and community driven non-governmental organization that will deliver quality Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Services among marginalized groups and adolescents in our target locations.

Strategy 1: Reach hard to reach and underserved communities and populations with quality HIV prevention services, meeting the requirements of Minimum Prevention Package (MPPI), in line with the National Prevention Plan and Best Practices.

Strategy 2: Strengthen community ownership and participation in delivering sexual reproductive health and right services including HIV prevention services, through existing community structures and or formation of CBOs, to sustain behaviour change in target communities.

Strategy 3: To build referral systems and provide quality HTC services to underserved communities/populations and MARPS in all target communities.

Strategy 4: To conduct research and survey to identify gaps in sexual reproductive health among young people in Taraba state to inform decision on interventions that meets national guidelines.

Strategy 5: To identify and build the capacity of community volunteers, health care workers to deliver quality sexual reproductive health care at primary level of health care in all our target locations in the state.

Strategy 6: To undertake Operational and Programe Research to identify new and emerging risk behaviours and vulnerable/Most At Risk Groups among the general population in need of new or scale-up interventions in our target communities.

Goal 2: To reduce the burden of malaria infection among most vulnerable populations in target communities, especially children and pregnant women.

Strategy 1: Partner with relevant agencies and organizations to support activities geared towards reducing the burden of malaria among target groups.

Strategy 2: Mobilize communities to ensure that vulnerable groups/populations, especially children under five years and pregnant women, sleep under a Long lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) and Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN).

Strategy 3: To mobilize community initiative and donor support for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in homes, in our target communities.

 

Goal 3: To promote safe Water, Hygiene and Sanitation practices among hard-to-reach and underserved communities in our target areas.

Strategy 1: Empower communities with knowledge on water, sanitation and hygiene program

 

Strategy 2: Mobilize resources and seek partnership with Donor agencies and Taraba state Water Supply Agency and other relevant stakeholders in the state to improve Sanitation, Hygiene and Water Project in target communities.

 

Strategy 3: Mobilize communities to ensure ownership and participation in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene practices, to sustain behavior change and outcomes of interventions.

 

Strategy 4: To mobilize and train community volunteers as Sanitary Inspectors in target communities, to ensure adaption and sustenance of Good Sanitation and Hygiene practices by community members.

7.0 MONITORING PROGRESS

Turning CFIDs dream into reality requires operationalizing and institutionalising all the Strategic Objectives and Goals set out above. Policies and procedures of the organization will be adhered to by all staff, BOT and members to ensure effective implementation of the Goals.

Annual operational plans will be developed against each Strategic objective, with intermediate and final results developed for each. Persons responsible will be assigned specific tasks and responsibilities for the effective implementation of the strategic goals.

Annual and midterm reviews will be conducted to assess level of implementation, successes and challenges and possible inclusion of emerging new targets or goals for each thematic area. Unmet goals in each operational plan will be rolled over to the next year for implementation.

 

Project Management Team: A project management team comprising of the Executive Director, Director Programes, M & E Officer and other line Officers is responsible for supervision of all project activities and implementation. Project implementation tools and strategies are employed, such as the BOSSCARD method to ensure effective and efficient implementation of projects.

 

Management staff:

Danjuma K. Adda

Mohamed Umar

Mrs. Rijimra Ande

Mrs. Bantar Helmina

Mr. Emmanuel Gabriel

 

Programs Department: Head- Mr. Mohamad Umar

Mrs. Rijimra Ande: Senior Program Officer

Mr. Lawrence Daniel

Mrs. Sokiyah K. Adda (Nandom)

Mrs. Monica Alechenu

Mr. Lawrence Ande

 

M & E Department: Head-Mrs. Bantar Helmina

Mr. Obed Tiwah John 

Mustapha Jimon

Mr. Obed Titus

 

Admin and Finance: Head

Mr. Clement Sa’awa

Mr. Bulus Kamlen

 

HCT Unit: Head-Mr. Emmanuel Gabriel

Miss Lynda Danjuma

Miss Queen Michael

Mr. Ahmed Abubakar

 

Board of Trustees

Mrs. Abijah Yurma: Chair

Mrs Altine Goter

Mr. Garpiya Valgar: Secretary

Mr. Mohamed Umar

Mr. Danjuma K. Adda

 

Resource Mobilization and Gender Officer: Tomen Ugbe-Phd

Our Partners:

  1. ViiV Health care UK: Positive Action for Girls and Women Funds (PAGW) and Positive Action for Children Funds (kindly google their account or website, please)
  2. Gilead Sciences US-Grant donation
  3. PRIME Education LLC
  4. USAID-EWASH (RTI)
  5. Pfizer Plc
  6. Actionaid Nigeria: Third Party Monitors for N-SIP in Taraba state
  7. International Alliance of Patients Organization (IAPO) UK
  8. Global Alliance for Clean cook stoves
  9. The Worldwide Hospice Palliative care Alliance (whpa)-UK

 

Statutory Obligations:

As a corporate organization, we comply with statutory regulations such as Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and contributory Pension for all staff of the organization.

All CFID staff remit taxes through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system, and have been enrolled on a contributory pension scheme. Each staff has the prerogative of choosing a pension administrator, while the organization and the staff remit equal share of 7.5% into each staff pension account

On a yearly basis, CFID produces its annual reports after approval from the board for sharing and distribution to our donors, community members, state actors and other relevant stakeholders.

Financial Reporting:

All grants, donations or support received by CFID are used solely for programmes and activitiesas contained in grant agreements and in line with the goals, mission and objectives of the organization.

  • Grant funds are maintained in a separate bank and/or bookkeeping account so that at all times the usage made of any Grant and compliance with these Grant Terms can be monitored.
  • No CFID employees or volunteers have been subject to debarments and/or professional suspensions related to bribery, money laundering, fraud or other relevant offences over the past 5 years.
  • NO CFID management or agents have ever been involved in any criminal investigation related to bribery, money laundering, fraud or other serious offences within the past 5 years.
  • The Organisation represents, warrants and undertakes that it does not and will not employ any individual or contribute funds to any individual or organisation found on any terrorist-related list promulgated by the U.K. Government, the U.S. Government, the United Nations or the European Union.
  • CFID does not in any way allows itself to be used as a conduit for money laundering, child trafficking or any related activities.
  • CFID as a charitable organization conducts all its programs as one that would be recognized as 501(c)(3) if it were in the US.