Civic Space

The Civic Space programme was established to strengthen Nigeria's democracy by protecting, promoting, and nurturing the civic space and supporting key players within it.

Joint Civic Defense Fund (JCDF)

With support from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society for Africa and Luminate, the Yar’Adua Foundation empowers frontline civic stakeholders and activists to promote an atmosphere of anti-corruption and good governance by:
• Strengthening and institutionalizing processes and frameworks to provide legal, medical, livelihood, physical and psychosocial services to human rights defenders and activists
• Supporting community protection mechanisms and partnerships in the civic space
• Supporting research-driven advocacy for policies and resources that promote and protect the civic space