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Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation

Neighbourhood Environment Watch (NEW) Foundation works in Nigeria. Our mission is to build capacities, empower community members to become actors for environmental, economic, and social justice.

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

Neighbourhood Environment Watch (NEW) Foundation is an environment focused nongovernmental, not for profit organisation with a country office in Nigeria. NEW Foundation has a Special Consultative Status of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). NEW Foundation is also a legal entity, registered with the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a non-political, not for-profit and non-governmental organization (CAC/IT: 33938). NEW Foundation works to inspire collective action towards sustainable environmental governance that protects nature’s ecosystem and rich biodiversity. Our programs address governance failures that exacerbate environmental pollution, conflicts, poverty, and social inequality. We work with community members, national and subnational governments, and donor partners to empower vulnerable and marginalised members of the community. Through participatory programming, we build platforms for social inclusion and impact driven social catalyst. Our Theory of change is premised on the 3 models that drive systemic change: equality of rights, harnessing and documenting community-level expertise, and knowledge sharing. Our approach is through research, documentation, and knowledge sharing.

Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation is the Country Contact Point for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Civil Society Organisations. She also provides the secretariat for the state Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Nigeria; Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN); and the Green Alliance- Nigeria (GAN) Southeast Nigeria. NEW Foundation also serves in various committees at both the state and federal levels. She is a Member of the National Steering Committee; Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ministry of Environment, Abuja; Member; National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, and member; Catalyst 2030.

People Associated With This Organization

Kelechukwu Okezie

Neighbourhood Environment Watch...
Joined July 2022
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
OKEZIE Kelechukwu Jasper (Ph.D. Environmental Archaeology) is a globally recognised social entrepreneur and a fellow of both Ashoka and Ford Foundations. I am the founder and Executive Director of Neighbourhood Environment Watch (NEW) Foundation - an environment and natural resources governance focused non profit organisation in Nigeria. I work with impacted mining host communities to demand environmental and social justice. I am a systems change catalyst, who sees the world not as it is, but strive to build it as it should be. I inspire system change and grow community actors into progressive and transformative social actors advancing human and environmental rights. I see opportunities in every challenge and courageously navigate through nuts and bolts with success as end point. My aim of joining Namati is to create ally for the purpose of promoting business and human rights within the extractive sector and also have support and enhanced skill and tools to hold mining companies and the state accountable to environmental and human rights abuses against citizens and mining host communities.
Kelechukwu Okezie is the network champion (main point of contact) for Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation.

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