Funding for NGOs in Nigeria for Protection of Trafficked Persons

Call for Proposals for NGOs in Nigeria – Protection and Rehabilitation of Trafficked Persons, Prevention of Human Trafficking.

The Expertise France has announced a call for proposals for the protection and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking and for actions to prevent trafficking in human beings carried out by civil society organisations in Nigeria.

The project is implemented in close collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Its mission as described in the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration (TIPPEA) Act of 2015, is to:

  • Adopt effective measures for the prevention and eradication of trafficking in persons and related offences Protection, assistance and rehabilitation of trafficked persons.
  • Enhance the effectiveness of Law Enforcement agents and other partners in the suppression of trafficking in persons.
  • In Nigeria which is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, the root causes of trafficking include poverty, lack of education, globalization, corruption and gender inequality.

Globalization allows traffickers to set up complex routes and systems within and across borders.

The presence of these complex channels creates a challenge because prosecuting one trafficker may only minimally disrupt the network of traffickers.

Corruption prevents traffickers from being held accountable and can also prevent victims from seeking justice.

Another factor is political and economic deprivations, which deny accesses to opportunities and scarce resources which organized crimes continue to use in exploitation.


The global objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society organisations in Nigeria in the development of structuring and innovative projects for the protection and rehabilitation of persons (adults and children) who are victims of trafficking and, in a subsidiary manner, the prevention of trafficking in human beings.

The aim is also to build the capacity of Nigerian civil society so that it can participate actively in dialogue with the public authorities on the issue of human trafficking.

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are as follows:

  • To improve the protection of trafficked persons through the strengthening of structures offering assistance services, psychosocial support and/or reintegration activities aiming to a full and complete reintegration of such persons.
  • To strengthen the prevention of trafficking in human beings on a sustainable basis through innovative actions with a concrete and lasting impact.
  • The projects presented should seek to achieve at least one or both of the two specific objectives.


  • The protection of victims of trafficking is at the heart of all policies and measures to fight this phenomenon.

Conventionally, the main elements of a proactive policy in terms of victim protection are considered to be the following:

The development of tools for the identification, orientation and referral of victims (national or foreign), the dissemination of norms and standards of care, the establishment of temporary reception structures, the production of mappings of the actors, the strengthening of local relays, the establishment of assistance and rehabilitation funds and the production of consolidated statistics.

All of the countries covered by the project have adopted measures of this type, aimed primarily at child victims, women and nationals, but their degree of formalisation and application remains heterogeneous and generally insufficient to meet the needs observed.

  • In close collaboration with Nigerian authorities concerned, first and foremost the NAPTIP, the project intends to contribute to the institutionalization and standardization of practices for the care of victims identified and potential victims by:
  • Strengthening financial mechanisms for victims assistance,
  • Supporting the operationalisation of systems for the identification, referral and care of victims (integrated referral systems, with a specific attention to gender)
  •  Developing shelter options adapted to the needs of each category of victims Improving and diversifying the range of assistance services to meet the needs of victims.

Funding Information

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 480 000.

Size of grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Minimum amount: EUR < 50 000>
  • Maximum amount: EUR <150 000>

Eligibility Criteria

Lead applicant(s)

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • Be a legal entity and
  • Be a non-profit and belong to one of this category: non-governmental organisation (national or international),) social enterprise (such as a cooperative), foundation, international organisation (intergovernmental);
  • If international organisations are eligible remember to publish PRAG Annex containing derogations to include in the special conditions, if the coordinator is an international organisation whose pillars have not been positively assessed or if one of the co-beneficiaries is an international organisation (regardless of whether its pillars have been positively assessed or not)
  • Be established in a member state of the European Union or in Nigeria, and legally registered for at least two years at the time of submission of the application, and
  • Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
  • Demonstrate its capacity to manage activities relating to the themes concerned and to the size of the project requiring a grant by providing: a copy of the organisation’s registration document and a note describing its activities
  • A copy of the organization’s most recent annual report or a presentation of the activities implemented by the organization over the last two years
  • The organization’s most recent financial statements: certified closed accounts 2018 and 2017, provisional accounts 2019 and provisional budget 2020
  • Any previous experience and proven expertise in the field of protection of VoTs should be presented in the application form.
  • Foreign CSOs, i.e. those established outside Nigeria, are allowed to participate in the call for proposals in the framework of a consortium with one or more Nigerian NGOs.

Foreign applicants will have to demonstrate that their experience brings added value to the project, that their action (i) responds to a demand and needs identified at the local level and (ii) includes active support to local partners (capacity building, transfer of skills).

  •  Applicants must ensure that the local structure with which they are in partnership complies with the same eligibility rules of this call.


  •  Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
  • Co-applicants must sign the mandate form.

Affiliated entity(ies)

  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with an affiliated entity(ies).
  • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
  • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
  • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions: Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
  • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or firsttier subsidiaries).
  • They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
  • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies). Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association, as the proposed affiliated entities.

Apply by 7th October.

For more information and application details, see; Funding for NGOs in Nigeria for Protection of Trafficked Persons