Nigeria Watch Presentation
Nigeria Watch (NW) is a database that monitors and compiles violent deaths, including accidents, crimes, conflicts, natural disasters, occurring in Nigeria since 1 June 2006.
It relies principally on ten Nigerian daily newspapers, which are analysed by information retrieval specialists on a daily basis. Other sources of information, such as human rights organisations and Federal security agencies, are used to cross-check data and mitigate methodological biases.
NW provides the research community, policy makers, security experts and the general public with concrete data on violence in Nigeria. It thereby helps decision makers and other stakeholders to monitor violence by providing an original set of data. In a country where there are few statistics on crime, the database helps to cross-check various sources of information to give trends of violence.
Nigeria Watch distributes a newsletter, Fatality Trends, to partner institutions every four months. The project also provides grants to researchers to write 30-page reports on specific issues (i.e. land conflicts in a precise area, piracy, election-related violence, etc.), combining fieldwork and NW data.
Nigeria Watch was established in 2006 by French researcher Prof. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, of the University of Paris 8. Since July 2013, the project has been implemented under the scientific supervision of IFRA-Nigeria at the University of Ibadan, with funding from the DFID/British Council, and as part of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (www.nsrp-nigeria.org).