NCMG Projects

NCMG Projects

Annual African ADR Summit - conjunction with the National Judicial Institute targeting members of the judiciary, the police, prison services and other stakeholders such as civil society, law firms, INEC, EFCC and SEC. In 2006, NCMG organized the first African ADR Summit in Nigeria and thus began to use this medium to advocate leading edge thinking on ADR Practice in Africa. Three Summits later, we have seen the consistent development of a Think tank of topical ADR issues which result in the much needed resource pool for the African ADR Community. From 2010, the Summit venue will begin to move across Africa creating a huge network of ADR practitioners in the Region towards building a formidable group that can influence the much needed change in approaches to disputes

  1. NCMG is desirous of seeing a society that is devoid of devastating conflicts and this desire underlines its reverence for peacemakers who have expended so much towards creating lasting peace, either through post conflict humanitarian actions or activities geared towards preventing the society from degenerating into conflicts. The NCMG Peace Awards constitutes an exciting step in the belief and commitment of NCMG to a just and sustainable Africa where the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is acknowledged, human rights are respected, social justice is maintained, and all persons are free to develop themselves, lead meaningful lives and actively contribute to their own well-being as well as their communities.

The NCMG Peace Award honours individuals and organizations that continually make exemplary commitment and demonstrated outstanding contribution to the pursuit of peace, justice building, corporate citizenship and institutional development in Africa by championing the capacity of humanity to live in harmonious adjustment with one other.

The NCMG Peace Awards are in two broad categories:

  1.  Specialized Awards:  Special Recognition Awards

The NCMG Special Recognition Award is a specialized award category which primarily honors individuals with a track record of exemplary leadership, selfless service and commitment to the overall improvement of humanity. Awardees in this category are carefully selected for the impact which their selflessness and passion has brought towards meaningful change in the larger society. The NCMG Special Recognition Award is not open to nominations but the result of thorough research and deliberations by the Peace Awards Committee who then present their selected candidates to the panel of Judges for consideration while the ultimate approval lies with the NCMG Global Board of Governors.

  1. Categorized Awards:

The Categorized Awards are open for nominations from the general public and the awards are in the following segments:

  1. NCMG Peace Builder Award;
  2. NCMG Justice Builder Award;

iii.   NCMG Community Peace Builder;

  1. NCMG Institutional Peace Builder;
  2. NCMG Youth Innovation for Peace

 

  1. Multi-Door Courthouse Program (MDCP) - For a long time, the settlement of disputes by adversarial contest had dominated the judicial landscape of the nation. Litigants and Lawyers as principal actors in this scene encouraged inspired and pursued litigation whether for good, for bad or for no cause at all. Expectedly, the result so far has been painful. For instance, numerous court adjournments keep conflict fresh in the mind of litigants, disputants are kept away from their jobs and means of livelihood, most importantly, friendship and good neighborliness which make for peaceful co-existence of people are lost in the process of observing the extensive rituals associated with the search for justice which in the end may not come. The grave consequence of the foregoing is the avoidable threat it has posed to the commerce and tourism development of States. More to the point, its greater effect is the challenging implication it has continued to generat for all its vital institutions, particularly the judiciary. In 1996, The NCMG embarked on a campaign to establish, replicate and develop court-connected Multi-Door Courthouses anchored on Alternative Dispute Resolution to promote the resolution of disputes in an atmosphere free of acrimony and contestations. A Court-Connected Multi-Door Courthouse is a Centre where different dispute resolution doors are available for the resolution of disputes within the Court system. Through a systemic process of sensitization of the Judiciary, Bar, corporate organizations, government and public through workshops, networking, seminars and conferences, The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (the first court-connected ADR Centre in Africa) was established in June, 2002 followed by its subsequent replication by the judiciary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in November 2003. In 2006, the Kano MDC followed suit and is currently under review by the NCMG. In 2008, the NCMG embarked on an 18 month World Bank sponsored project in collaboration with the ADR Centre in Italy on “Expanding ADR Institutions & Mechanisms in Nigeria” this project has also led to the beginnings of the establishment of Multi-Door Courthouses in Abia and Kaduna States in Nigeria.

Peer Mediation Program

Safe and orderly environments in the tertiary institutions are essential to promoting high standards for learning and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potentials. Too often, however, university students are involved in diverse set of conflicts in the school settings. There are diverse concerns ranging from assaults, agitations with administration, disputes between students over choices, class, clothing, and other possessions, to graver tendencies such as, cultism and riots, which at times make the tertiary institutions a hotbed of conflicts.

Project Zero

Project Zero Violence Zero litigation is the most recent initiative of the NCMG International. In all democracies, credible, free and fair elections are a mediating tool for resolving competing claims to power. Through voting, citizens are able to make choices among the contesting parties and candidates. The credibility of elections is itself enabled by the ever vigilant stakeholders, always ensuring that elections retain the mediating role. Unsurprisingly therefore, in developed democracies, elections stabilize and legitimize governance.

Project Zero Violence Zero Litigation (“Project Zero”) is convened by the NCMG International as a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder response to electoral violence and disputes in Africa. More to the point, the project’s point of departure is that achieving zero violence and zero litigation is impossible unless all stakeholders in the electoral process perform their roles in an effective manner. All stakeholders, including the electoral management bodies, political interest groups, trade associations, youth, women, security agencies, religious bodies, media establishments and legal community must all become willing and vigilant watchdogs of the African electoral process. The project is anchored on the following components namely:
1. Electoral Peace Pledge (EPP)
2. Eminent Persons Group (EPG)
3. Training
4. Monitoring and Evaluation

Standard Setting in Africa

To ensure the provision and maintenance of international standards in training, service and accreditation for the ADR industry, NCMG International also champions the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and is a member of AfMA (African Mediation Association) headquartered in South Africa with European offices in The Hague, the Netherlands. NCMG International is also accredited by IMI (International Mediation Institute) in the Netherlands as a training provider.

Judicial Reform Project under Justice For All (J4A) Program of the British Council

Support implementation of actions to improve efficiency of Fast Track and Multi door courts in Lagos and Kano States. The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical assistance to support the implementation of recommendations to improve the functioning of the Fast Track Courts (FTCs) and Multidoor Court Houses (MDCs) in Kano and Lagos including the development and implementation of strategies; guidelines; protocols and manuals; training and initial mentoring/supervision during early implementation of the processes;
• Development of a detailed action plan for this assignment in conjunction with the judiciaries with clear actions and outputs; responsibilities and agreed timelines. The plan should be in the template agreed with J4A

• Conducted interview with various stakeholders identified before project commencement such as the Chief Judges of the States, other Judges, Chief Registrar, MDC Directors and Staff of the Registries among others. Designed and developed the “AS IS” map of the current structure of the registries in all the courts.

• Designed and developed the “AS SHOULD” mapping of the same courts registries after international benchmark analysis.

• Support to and regular meetings and consultations with the Chief Judges; judges and chief registrars and any committee that may be established for the project/or for implementing recommendations of the review of the registries.

• In conjunction with the relevant committees established by the judiciaries, develop a detailed costed strategic/action plan for restructuring the court system and establishing multidoor central registry models with short, medium and long term practical actions for implementation by the judiciaries. The plans should include detailed proposal for the online and off line platforms and detailed process maps and organisation structures for the new structures/registries

• Support the development of the FTC/MDC registries towards their integration in the central registry for the planned Multi Door High Courts in the long term.

• Developing/designing/drafting for each of the courts, the following processes to aid effective operations of the registries:

National Human Rights Commission

Reorganising the cases & complaints mechanisms of the National Human Rights Commission - a project proposal for the production of a standardised treatment manual on cases and complaints by the NHRC
a) Conduct its investigations and inquiries in such manner as it considers appropriate
b) Institute any civil action on any matter it deems fit in relation to the exercise of its functions
c) Visit prisons, police cells and other places of detention in order to ascertain the conditions thereof and make recommendations to the appropriate authorities
d) Make determination as to the damages or compensation payable in relation to any violation of human rights where it deems necessary in the circumstances of the case
e) Co-operate with and consult with other agencies and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, as it may deem appropriate; and do such other things as are incidental, necessary, conducive or expedient for the performance of its functions under this act.