Global study on the Status of and Opportunities for Reparations for Survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence in Nigeria

Duration: July 2023 – April 2024

Funder: Global Survivors Fund

The Nigeria Reparation Study, funded by the Global Survivors Fund (GSF), is a comprehensive investigation into the current status and opportunities for reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in Nigeria. The study aims to shed light on the experiences of survivors and make valuable contributions to the development of effective reparations programs and initiatives. The project will be implemented by the dRPC in collaboration with Explore Humanitarian Aid Initiative (ExploreAid) and Grassroot Researchers Association (GRA) over a period of 10 months, from July 2023 to April 2024.

The broad objectives of the study and the methodologies employed are as follows:

  1. Increased understanding and awareness of the right to reparation of CRSV survivors, including by survivors themselves. The sub-objectives
  2. Increased insights on CRSV survivors’ needs, perceptions and expectations with regard to individual and collective reparations and ‘interim reparative measures; using processes scheduled to be conducted in a participatory and survivor-centric manner.
  3. Increased foundations and momentum, for the delivery of survivor-centric reparations for CRSV survivors:
  • Methodologies:

The study utilizes a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Here’s an outline of the methods employed:

  1. Data Collection:
  • In-depth interviews with 80 survivors of CRSV to capture their perspectives and experiences.
  • Key informant interviews with stakeholders at state and national levels, including government officials, traditional and religious leaders, and civil society organizations.
  1. Desk-based Analysis:
  • Review of secondary sources on reparations, including international and national legal frameworks, academic literature, reports, and policy documents.
  1. Statistical Analysis:
  • Quantitative data collection to systematically analyze numerical data related to the number of survivors, reparation programs, and beneficiaries.
  1. Stakeholder Engagement:
  • Interviews with relevant ministries, agencies, and commissions involved in providing reparations.
  • Engagement with civil society networks and international organizations.

The Global Study on Reparations for Survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence in Nigeria aims to contribute to the development of survivor-centric reparations programmes. By understanding survivors’ needs, perceptions, and expectations, and engaging key stakeholders, the study aims to facilitate meaningful change and advocate for the rights of survivors in Nigeria.