The Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) Nigeria is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation established in 1996 for the protection and promotion of human rights and women’s human rights and the strengthening of civil society. CIRDDOC is also committed to the institutionalization of good governance, gender equality and the rule of law in Nigeria. CIRDDOC is registered under Part C of Companies and Allied Matters Act laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. (RC 10,928).

Our Vision

A world, in which human rights are guaranteed, protected and enforced on the basis of equality and non-discrimination.

Our Mission

To promote and protect human rights and women’s rights, gender equity, and good governance through the empowerment of civil society and the promotion of access to justice and rule of law.

Our Strategic Objectives

  • To promote human rights, women’s rights, gender equality, and good governance.
  • To facilitate access to justice and the rule of law.
  • To build capacity of civil society to demand accountability from leaders and policy makers.
  • To facilitate networking, collaboration and partnerships among civil society organisations, and between government and civil society organisations.

Our Values

  • Resilience
  • Mutual Respect
  • Integrity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Education and Empowerment
  • Equality and Equity.

Our targets

Parliamentarians, judges, lawyers, marginalised and vulnerable groups and the general public in general.

Our Methods/Strategies

  • Research and publications
  • Capacity building/training Workshops,
  • Civic education
  • Legal awareness/Outreach programs
  • Legislative and Social Advocacy
  • Tribunals on the Violations of Human Rights
  • Paralegal Scheme
  • Legal Aid
  • Library/Resource Centre Services
  • Seminars/Conferences
  • Database Development & Management
  • Judicial Colloquia
  • Civic Forum and Community Information Centres
  • Media Events.


  • Outreaches, Rallies
  • Workshops, Seminars, Conferences
  • Moot court Competitions
  • Research, Documentation and publication
  • Tribunals, Public Hearings and Civic Forum
  • Paralegal Scheme
  • Litigation, counseling and advice
  • Civic education and Voter Education
  • Budget Literacy, advocacy and Monitoring


CIRDDOC has operational offices in three states: Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi but its mandate is to implement its programmes in Nigeria as a whole. In addition, CIRDDOC has established 15 Community Information Centres (CIC) in three states to provide a forum for citizens to access information.

A Board of Trustees of 3 men and 3 women supported by an Academic Advisory Council of two men and two women and Executive Committee govern decision making in CIRDDOC. An Executive Director heads the core of the day-to-day operations of the organisation. CIRDDOC operates through five departments as follows: General Services and Administration, Accounts, Training and Programmes, Library/Resource Centre and Legal Services.


CIRDDOC presently has staff strength of twenty two, 2 Youth Corpers and 2 volunteers at its headquarters in Enugu. The staff is mostly graduates and post graduate level with experience in the fields of law, Social Sciences, Education and Information Science.

CIRDDOC practices equal opportunities in employment. The breakdown of permanent staff include 1 Executive Director, 1 Project Coordinator/Special Assistant to ED, 2 Programme Officers (Legal), 1 Legal officer, 2 Programme Officers (Programmes), 1 Programme Officer (Media and Publicity), 1 Programme Officer (Admin), 1 Administrative Secretary, 1 Programme Assistant, 1 Office Assistant/Receptionist, 1 Library Officer, 2 Programme Officers (Finance and Accounts), 1 Accounts Clerk, 2 Cleaners, 2 Security Officers, 2 Drivers.

There are also 4 CIRDDOC Pro bono lawyers who provide free legal services to clients. In its branch offices in Abuja FCT, Awka Anambra State and Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. CIRDDOC has three full-time staff each comprising two Programme Officers, one office administrator.

CIRDDOC also runs 15 Community Information Centres in three states. Each of the centres is run by trained Development Information Officer, ten Civic Educators and one Paralegal. In addition, CIRDDOC has a good pool of volunteers and associates with diverse background mostly located in the communities of Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi States.

Board of Trustees

  • Chief (Engr) Victor Nwankwo (Deceased)(Pioneer Chairman)
  • Oby Nwankwo (Deceased)(Pioneer Executive Director)
  • Cyprian Okonkwo – Member
  • Chief (Mrs.) Lizzy Onwuagha – Member
  • Ralph Ndigwe – Member
  • Izeduwa Derex-Briggs-Member
  • Ral Nwankwo – Executive Director

Advisory Council

  • Hon Justice A. G. Karibi-Whyte – Chairman
  • Hon Justice C. C. Nweze – Member
  • (Mrs.) Azuka Azinge – Member
  • (Mrs.) Merce Momeni – Member
  • Maryam Uwais ­­­­­­­- Member


  • Trainers on Gender
  • Democracy
  • Paralegal
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender budgeting etc.

Development Partners

  • John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation,
  • Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF)
  • Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA),
  • Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy,
  • Commonwealth Education Fund/Actionaid Nigeria,
  • Global Fund For Women
  • United Nations Trust Fund to End VAW
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • United Nations Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF)
  • Ford Foundation
  • United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
  • Department for International Development (DFID),
  • Norwegian Fund for Human Rights (Norway)
  • KIOS NGO Foundation for Human Rights (Finland)
  • European Union/Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • International Budget Partnership (IBP) of the Open Budget Initiative
  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Open Society Justice Initiative OSJI
  • International Republican Institute (IRI)

Coalitions and Allies

CIRDDOC constantly collaborates with like-minded organizations in implementing its programmes. They include:

  • NGO Coalition on the International Criminal Court (CICC)
  • Nigeria Coalition on the International Criminal Court (NCICC).
  • Women Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF)
  • Coalition of Eastern NGOs (CENGOS)
  • National Coalition on Violence Against Women (NACVAW)
  • Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW)
  • Affirmative Action Forum on Women in Politics
  • National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA)
  • Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)
  • Electoral Reform Network (ERN)
  • Citizens’ Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR)
  • Budget Reform Network
  • Nigeria Gender Budget Network (NGBN)
  • Women Law and Development International (WLDI)
  • Civil Society Coalition on Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE)
  • Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC)
  • Development Information Network (DevNet)
  • Association for Women in Development (AWID), a network of Women’s organizations
  • Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN)
  • Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA)
  • Women’s Organisation for Representative National Cohesion (WORNACO),
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) Coalition
  • Feminist Movement in Nigeria (FEMIN)
  • Association of Civil Society Organisations working on Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN)
  • Global Fund for Women Grantees Network (GFWGN)
  • National Coalition on Abolition of the Death penalty
  • Anambra Women’s Network AN-WON
  • Gender and Affirmative Action Coalition (GAA)
  • Constitutional Reform Dialogue Mechanism (CRDM)
  • Greater Involvement in Volunteering Effort (GIVE) Network
  • Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN)
  • Civil Society Coordinating Committee on Electoral Reform (CSCC)

Headquarters/Enugu Office Address
No. 9 Second Avenue
Independence Layout,
Opposite Roban Stores by Utopia Hotel, Enugu,
Enugu State, Nigeria
+234-(0)8033132493 – 4, +234(0)0807 855 8766,,,

Abuja Office Address
Suit D2, Victory Plaza
7 Onitsha Crescent, Off Gimbiya Street,
Area 11, Gariki, Abuja FCT
+234-(0)0706 206 7354


Ebonyi Office Address
27 Afikpo Road
Abakaliki, Ebonyi Sate, Nigeria
+234(0)0803 778 7250


Anambra Office Address
20 Amaenyi Street, Awka
Anambra State, Nigeria
+234(0)0803 332 6385

CIC Addresses
Anambra Anambra Central 20 Oranma Street Amaenyi, Awka South LGA.
Anambra South Nri Town Hall, Aniocha L.G.A.
Anambra North Women’s Town Hall Ajalli, Orumba North L.G.A.
Onowu Odegbo Building Nteje, Oyi L.G.A.
Umudim Town Hall, Umudim, Nnewi North L.G.A
Enugu Enugu North Umuhu Umuabor Hall, Ehalumona
Enugu West Owelli Court, P.O. Box 672 Awgu Mbanabo South L.G.A.
Umudioha Town Hall, Awada Village Square. Imezi Owa.
Enugu East Ugwogo Village Hall, Umunameze Inyiukwu L.G.A.
Umuiba Town Hall, Nara, Nkanu West LGA.
Igwe’s Palace, Akpofu, Nkanu East L.G.A – (Paralegal Clinic)
Ebonyi Ebonyi South Ugwulangwu Mgbom Community, Ohaozara. LGA
Oriuzo Community, Ezza North LGA.
Ebonyi North Amuro Town Hall, Afikpo, Afikpo North L.G.A.
Ebonyi Central Onunwelem Community, Echialike, Ikwo East LGA.
Umuonyi Amaezu Community Hall, Ishielu LGA
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