Posted time January 11, 2024 Location Nigeria Job type Short - Term Contract

Request for Proposal – Policy Brief the Long-Term Impact of Hate Speech and Fake News

cope: Conduct Research and Produce a Policy Brief that Measures the Long-Term Impact Hate Speech and Fake News has had on National Cohesion in the aftermath of the general and off-cycle elections in an evolving world of social media
Location: Nigeria
Application Close: NAIn recent times, hate speech and the proliferation of fake news in the form of disinformation and misinformation, have become pressing challenges globally. In Nigeria, these issues are further exacerbated when analyzed in the context of elections, as vying for political office in Nigeria seems to go in tandem with campaigns aimed at poking at the traditional fault lines of religion and ethnicity. The negative impacts of Hate Speech and Fake News are widespread, varying from ginning up fear and hatred that consequently leads to loss of lives, to ethnic profiling and the destruction of properties. During elections, they affect voter access and participation. It is universally accepted that the principle of voter participation in the electoral process is integral to the concept of participatory governance via the vehicle of democracy. Voters are less willing to engage in the political process when they are afraid that violence is a likely outcome on election day due to the careless musings of Politicians. This, apart from a lack of confidence on the impartiality of the election umpire, is one of the major reasons why despite Nigeria’s massive population, the percentage of citizens who vote during elections remains worryingly low.

Social media has increasingly become a major vehicle for the dissemination of hate speech and fake news. The rapid dissemination of information through social media platforms has accelerated the spread of hate speech and false information.
Global Rights through the platform of the Incident Centre for Election Atrocities (ICEA) monitored the patterns and trends of election atrocities including hate speech and fake news in the 2023 Nigeria’s general elections in February and March and the subsequent off-cycle elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo states in November 2023. Following our findings, we are therefore seeking to produce a policy brief on how hate speech and fake news is increasingly impacting our national cohesion in the growing world of social media drawing lessons from its prolific use by politicians as weapons for manipulating elections and governance in Nigeria.
With this context, Global Rights wishes to commission a consultant to conduct Research and Produce a Policy Brief that Measures the Long-Term Impact Hate Speech and Fake News have had on our national cohesion in the aftermath of the general and off-cycle elections in an evolving world of social media. In addition, there is a need to postulate recommendations and strategies on how to tackle these issues with a view to engendering national cohesion that empowers citizens with the tools to play their rightful role in the Civic Space.

Objectives:

  1. To access the long-term impact of hate speech and fake news on national cohesion
  2. To determine the role of hate speech and fake news in impacting citizens’ participation in governance particularly concerning voter turnout during elections.
  3. To lay a foundation for the nexus between the role of citizens in nation-building and national cohesion.
  4. To formulate strategies for tackling hate speech and fake news on social media.
Scope of Work:
The consultancy will involve the following tasks:

  • Preparing a detailed publish-standard Policy Brief.
  • The policy brief should contain information that is easy to digest and can easily be used as a tool of advocacy.
  • A critical analysis of the role that hate speech and fake news played in the 2023 Nigerian elections.

Deliverables:

  • The consultancy will deliver the following outputs:
  • A detailed publish-standard Policy Brief measuring the long-term impact hate speech and fake news have had on national cohesion in the aftermath of the general and off-cycle elections in the era of social media.
  • An executive summary highlighting the key findings and recommendations.
  • PowerPoint Presentation slides that summarize key findings.
  • Facilitation of 1 training and 1 media appearance on the findings of the research.
Timeline: The consultancy will be conducted over a period of 4 weeks.
Intellectual Property Rights:
All intellectual property rights arising from the consultancy will be the property of Global Rights. The consultant will not disclose or use any confidential information obtained during the consultancy for any other purpose without the written consent of Global Rights.
Confidentiality and Ethical Considerations:
The consultant will ensure that all data and information collected during the consultancy is treated with the utmost confidentiality and in accordance with ethical principles. In particular, the consultant will ensure that data and information collected is stored securely and only accessible to authorized personnel. The team will also comply with relevant legal and ethical standards and report any ethical concerns or violations to Global Rights immediately.

Expected Qualifications:

  • An Understanding of the key concepts
  • Excellent Research Skills
  • Experience in presenting findings and recommendations to stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills and experience in writing reports and other technical documents.
  • Familiarity with the socio-political context of Nigeria.
Reporting:
The research team will report to the team at Global Rights particularly the Executive Director, Program Manager and Program Officer on Civic Space Strengthening.
Proposal Submission:
Interested qualified consultants are invited to submit a proposal that includes the following:

  • An understanding of the requirements
  • Methodology and work plan for performing the assignment.
  • Project delivery plans.
  • Budget.
  • Relevant services undertaken in the past with a detailed reference list indicating the scope of similar assignments.
  • A policy brief sample.

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