The Planning, Research and Statistics Department is one of the core operational Departments of the Centre. It is charged with the responsibility of providing an enhanced, effective and efficient research, planning, information storage and dissemination network for the Centre.
The Department is equally responsible for establishing and sustaining an effective monitoring, evaluation and Consultancy Services. It is also charged with the responsibility of networking and collaborating with International Agencies/Development Partners and Implementation of Programme/Projects in addition to internal control. It has the following divisions.
•Planning Division: oversees Gender planning & implementation, MDGs project, production of annual reports, monitoring and evaluation, publications
•Research & Statistics Division comprising of Computer Centre and the Internet Resource Centre;
•Documentation Unit comprising a Library, the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame and National Gender Databank.
The general functions of the Department include but are not limited to:
•Co-ordinate and undertake research and surveys into the activities and achievements of women in the different sectors.
•Develop and manage a national data bank on women and development Nigeria and ensure linkage with other databank.
•Analyse and apply statistics, data and indicators on women to facilitate the formulation of policies and review of women primarily in areas such as education, employment, health, finance etc.
•Set up effective machinery for managing the documentation of women development records and information resources on the Centre’s activities (Computer Services, Library, Archives, Museum, Hall of Fame etc.)
•Co-ordinate and produce strategic development plans (Rolling, medium and perspective) and action plans within the framework of the overall national rolling plan.
•Monitor and evaluate plan implementation, performance and efficiency targets for the various departments and units of the Centre.
•Survey and review of the internal organisation and operational modalities the Centre to determine capacity needs and ensure institutional efficiency
•Collate and produce annual and periodic reports on the National Centre for Women Development.
•Serve as liaison between the Centre and relevant bodies such as Ministries, Parastatals, UN Agencies and other regional and international development organisations on women development issues.
Appraisal Survey of Existing Policies Practices and Literature on Gender and Child Rights in Nigeria (NCWD/UNICEF 2000 – 2003):
This programme of collaboration with UNICEF was initiated in October 2000 as a research survey to focus on the qualitative appraisal of existing Women/Children’s Rights Studies, Policies and Practices in Nigeria using primary and secondary data sources in line with the research objectives. The Project is ongoing.
A compilation of the Constitution, National, State Statutes and Regulations, Local Government Bye Laws, Customary Law and Religious Laws, Policies and Practice, and Court decisions relating to the Status of Women and Children applicable in Nigeria.
In January 2006, a formal presentation was made of findings from an earlier research. This document highlights explicitly the contradiction between the three legal systems operative in Nigeria and calls for a focused approach at the resolution of conflict of laws pertaining to gender discrimination and inequality. The project leading to the publication acknowledges the complexity of the situation of Women’s Rights in Nigeria which is intricately worsened by the persistence of gender-insensitive customs and negative customary laws and practices. The document has been printed and circulated.
NCWD/UNICEF Status of Women & Child Rights Related Concerns in Nigeria
The Centre embarked on the above-mentioned survey with support from UNICEF in 2001. The nationwide survey covered issues of concerns on women and children. The report is yet to be published and has again been subjected to further updating before it is finally produced with the support of UNICEF.
Activation of Women Development Centres
The ultimate goal of empowering women through Women Development Centres activation is poverty reduction. The project is focused on poverty reduction at the household level, as grassroots women experience poverty in the household where they spend most of their time.
Women Development Centres had been established throughout the 774 Local Government Areas during the 1980s and 1990s under the Better Life Programme initiated by late Dr. (Mrs.) Maryam Babangida for the purpose of achieving women empowerment and poverty reduction at the grassroots through vocational training and basic literacy.
It is in recognition of this that the National Centre for Women Development went into collaboration with the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) to run a pilot activation programme in Kano state in 2007.
NCWD and JICA consequently launched a three year long technical co-operation project. This project was carried out in 6 nos. selected Women Development Centres in Kano state under the pilot phase of the NCWD/JICA Women Development Centres activation project.
In January 2010, the Centre successfully concluded this pilot phase by reactivating the 6 nos. selected Women Development Centres in Dambatta, Gwale, Bichi, Gaya, Kumbotso and Gezawa Local Government Areas of Kano state. The 2nd phase of the Project is expected to commence in September 2010 and will cover 1 Local Government each in 2 selected states in each of the 6 Geo-Political zones.
Development, Validation And Distribution of Guidelines
In the course of the execution of the NCWD/JICA Women Development Centre activation project, the National Council on Women Affairs mandated NCWD to develop Guidelines for the Activation of Women Development Centres nationwide. Centre took up the challenge and, at three (3) fora with stakeholders drawn from 36 States and the FCT was able to develope the document which was validated by Stakeholders in January, 2010.
The Guidelines have been published and circulated in January 2010 to all States and Local Governments of the Federation, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, National Assembly, the Millennium Development Goals Office and the Presidency.
Due to the robust nature of much of the research undertaken by the Centre, Documentation has become an important part of its work. Some of the documents are visual, while others are written and printed. To this purpose, the Centre houses a Digital Library and a Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
The Digital Library is a specialized Library for gender research and stocks materials on gender and development issues. For easy access to information, the Library is networked through a Local Area Network (LAN) and is connected to the internet through a specially designed Library IT package.