Nigerian woman trader ©

Curt Carnemark/World Bank

July 2023

The African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) – an ACT grantee –  has received funding to tackle the forced labour of victims (including women and children) in the cocoa industry. The organisation has expanded its operations beyond Enugu state to Abuja where some women and PWDs are employed.  

An objective of the ACT programme is to build the capacity of CSOs to become credible drivers of change. As reported by AFRILAW, ACT’s proposal writing and fundraising training influenced several proposals, out of which two were successful.

Additionally, AFRILAW highlighted there has been a significant improvement in financial management, reporting, and record-keeping processes as a result of capacity building from ACT. The CSO’s registration with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundry (SCUML) is up to date and fully compliant. AFRILAW also confirmed that its capacity and relationship with relevant stakeholders has improved.

Evidently, the ACT training courses have assisted the organisation in maintaining financial integrity and prudence in financial management among the senior management staff. It has also aided the CSO to establish a system to detect and report fraud within the organisation.

“Trainings like the use of QUICK BOOK has helped us to demonstrate to our potential funding partners that we have improved our financial management system and our capacity to manage their fund.”

Barr. Chinwike Okereke, Founder and Chief Executive Director, AFRILAW