Date and time
24 Mar 2022 | (UK time) 1:00 - 2:00pm

The webinar will present the findings from the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) / RSH research on How organisations of persons with disability (OPDs) in Nigeria are keeping people safe, and support a discussion on how best to work with and support OPDs to strengthen their organisational approach to safeguarding.

The research was conducted between October – December 2021 in 6 states and the FCT in Nigeria, with 40 OPDs. The aim of the research was to better understand what safeguarding systems and mechanisms OPDs have in place, and what support is needed to further strengthen their approach.

The report also identifies a number of gaps around disability-inclusive safeguarding to help identify the most appropriate ways to support and strengthen safeguarding.



Adedeji Ademefun - Lead research and author of the report

AdedejiAdedeji is a researcher and development expert with experience in managing programmes and projects in  Democratic Governance, Women’s and Girls Rights, Community Development, Education, Food & Hunger, Rural Livelihoods support, Youth Engagement, Social Inclusion and Disability mainstreaming. Adedeji have experience in business development, resource mobilization and grants management in non-profit with strategic supports to CSO/CBO building strategic partnerships to implement impactful development and humanitarian programs.


Ishaq Adamu - JONAPWD cluster President (Research Lead in Gombe)

IshaqIshiyaku Adamu has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Gombe State University, Nigeria and a Master's degree in Political Economy from the University of Manchester, UK. From 2005 to date,Ishiyaku has held numerous positions on disability rights and advocacy in and outside Nigeria. As National President of the umbrella body of blind persons in Nigeria since 2015, Ishiyaku has worked with other stakeholders to successfully lobby for the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by Nigeria in 2017.

Theophilus Odaudu - Disability Rights Fund, Nigeria

TheoTheophilus Odaudu is the Program Officer – Nigeria for the Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. He has over ten years’ experience working with the government, the disability community, and providing legal advice to local NGOs on disability, women, and children. Theophilus is a trained human rights and democratisation expert and has particular interest in disability rights.


Abdullahi Usman Aliyu - National President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD)

Abdullahi Usman AliyuAbdullahi has been engaged in the services and activities of persons with disabilities in Nigeria as an Executive member at both state and national levels for over 20 years. As the current National President of the umbrella organisation in Nigeria- JONAPWD, he has served to promote unity and development agenda in the disability communities and their diversities across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory


Peter Chidi Ugbaje - Head of Finance and Administration of JONAPWD

ChidiPeter Chidi is a graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Nigeria) with a B.Sc. Degree in Accounting. He is also a MBA (Banking and Finance) Degree holder from Open University of Nigeria. Peter Chidi is a seasoned member (ACA) of a globally revered accountancy body, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and also a Global Member (GPP) of The British Project Professional Society, United Kingdom.

Jo Feather - RSH

JoJo Feather is a Principal Consultant in the GBV Portfolio at Social Development Direct. She co-leads the Evidence and Research work for the Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH), and in that capacity has supported this research with organisations of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, alongside colleagues at JONAPWD, Sightsavers and RSH Nigeria Hub.




Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi - Senior Advisor for the Nigeria Resource and Support Hub 

Eleanor Headshot Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi is a medical doctor and international health, women, peace and security, gender and human rights expert. Dr Nwadinobi is also currently the President of the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA). 



Please also be advised that this webinar contains content on safeguarding, that some may find distressing.

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