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Christian Aid in Nigeria

Christian Aid in Nigeria

Christian Aid has been working in Nigeria since 2003 and has a reputation as an organisation that respects its local partners, delivers quality and cost-effective programmes, and is willing to learn from, and share its learning with, others.

Our vision is for a just, equitable and peaceful Nigerian society, where poverty has been eradicated and every person is empowered to live life in all its fullness.

In recent years, we have adopted a structural approach, incorporating gender, governance and advocacy into all of our work, and seeking to integrate our programmatic areas.

Areas of expertise

Community health and HIV

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We improve the health of poor and marginalised people, particularly women, children and people with compromised immunity through our integrated community-based health promotion and health governance. We help to strengthen systems in response to community health issues in Nigeria including HIV and malaria, empowering people to take responsibility for their own health.

Accountable governance

We are helping communities to raise their voices to demand accountability, through advocacy, promoting engagement between people and government and strengthening community structures. Through this, we improve government accountability and responsiveness to the needs of poor and marginalised people.

Gender

Through gender inclusive programming, we work to improve gender equity and the participation of women and girls in development activities. We challenge social and cultural norms which ensure women and girls in Nigeria suffer systematic disadvantage.

Humanitarian response

Increasing insecurity and violence, mostly in the northern part of the country, has brought a surge in humanitarian situations in the country. We respond when and where we can, based on the availability of funding. We also build the capacity of local partners to respond to humanitarian needs as they arrive.

Our aims

  • Empower poor and marginalised people to make informed decisions about their lives and engage meaningfully in their own development.
  • Improve health for poor and marginalised civilians, particularly women, children and vulnerable people.
  • Increase government accountability and responsiveness.
  • Encourage inclusion of women and marginalised groups, in decision-making processes. 
  • Improve gender equity and human rights.
  • Ensure fairer distribution of wealth to close the gap between rich and poor.
  • Greater equity and respect for human rights.

Looking for more in-depth information? Download our Nigeria strategy PDF

'We now shine bright like stars'
Theresa Nnatoanya
Beneficiary and leader speaking on the improvement in the lives of women in the community through Christian Aid interventions

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Where we work

We work in areas where the need is greatest and we have strong existing partnerships. Currently, we operate in eight states – Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Edo, Gombe, Kaduna and Plateau – and the Federal Capital Territory. We operate out of our country office in Abuja and we have three field offices in Anambra, Benue and Edo. 

Map: where we work and who with

Results

Community health and HIV

The Strengthening Community Health and HIV Response project, funded by UK aid, used an integrated approach to deliver community health and HIV responses through trained community-based agents. Since 2010, more than 1.6 million people in rural communities have been supported to take up health services and adopt preventive health practices.

Our partner, the Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN), has contributed to the successful campaign for legislation to prohibit discrimination and provide legal protection for the 3.4 million Nigerians living with HIV.

Good governance

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Voice to the People (V2P) has supported communities in Anambra state to hold governments and their leaders to account, take part in decision-making and demand rights and services. The UK aid-funded project has reached 2.4 million people and supported 60,000 citizens to effectively hold duty bearers to account.

Malaria nets

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Malaria affects 35 million Nigerians and results in 300,000 childhood deaths each year. Our partners have distributed more than 930,000 mosquito nets, reaching almost 2 million people, and provided follow-up education. There has been a significant drop in malaria in target communities.

Tax justice

We are a founding member of the Tax Justice and Governance Platform, which launched in 2012. It calls for an effective, fair and progressive tax system and for government revenues to be spent on improving essential services. 

Humanitarian

Through our humanitarian interventions in north-east Nigeria, we have improved the food security and livelihoods of 27,532 internally displaced persons in Adamawa, Borno and Gombe States Nigeria. We also constructed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and conducted WASH sensitisation in communities in Adamawa, Borno and Benue States.

Current and Past Programmes

Resources

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An overview of the vision, aims and activities of our Nigeria country programme.
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An introduction to Christian Aid's governance work in Nigeria - focussing on accountable governance, tax justice and social protection.
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An introduction to Christian Aid's work on rights and services in Nigeria, focussing on community health and HIV.
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A study by EpiAFRIC, commissioned by Christian Aid, to examine the feasibility of rolling out or supporting the roll out of a community health insurance scheme in Nigeria and Ghana.
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The Improving Community Response to Management of Malaria (ICRAM) project was implemented in Anambra State, Nigeria, from 2013-2014. It piloted the feasibility of the use of malaria rapid diagnostic test kits (mRDT) at the community level.
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A report on Christian Aid Nigeria’s humanitarian project in response to the crisis in Benue, which had left thousands of people displaced and living in inhumane conditions in makeshift camps around the state.
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Key findings from an assessment of the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) and Christian Aid’s interfaith governance project and its effect on the lives of the people of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria.
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A report on the Voice to the People project in Nigeria - our approach, achievements, lessons, challenges and future plans.
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Summary report of findings from Christian Aid-supported communities in Anambra, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria.
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Key findings from an end of project evaluation to scale up effective HIV care and support interventions in Nigeria.
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A summary of Christian Aid's humanitarian project in north-east Nigeria, aimed at providing food, water, sanitation and hygiene
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A report on the sucess of 'improved cookstoves for community development' (ICCD) - a six-month pilot project aimed at improving the health status of poor and marginalised households in Nigeria.
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A report on Christian Aid's humanitarian intervention in North Central Nigeria to improve the living conditions of internally displaced people.
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Recent News

Giving a voice to the marginalised

01 Aug 2016

New report from the Voice to the People governance programme in Nigeria, summarising their amazing work over the last three years.  

A woman should have a safe space to call home

16 Aug 2016

Nigeria ranks an abysmal 118 out of 134 countries in the Gender Equality Index. (British Council Nigeria, 2012). This report features some of the harsh realities faced by women in Nigeria, including what follows.

Our People

Charles Usie, Christian Aid Nigeria
Charles Usie

Christian Aid Nigeria Country Manager

Charles joined Christian Aid in 2007, having previously worked with Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC) and serving as a consultant to Action Aid and UNICEF. Among other qualifications, Charles holds two Masters Degrees in environment, international development and policy (EDP), and health management and planning (HMP).

 Temitope Fashola
Temitope Fashola

Christian Aid Nigeria Programme Manager, Governance

Temitope is an accomplished social development practitioner with many years' experience of civil society strengthening and governance programming in Nigeria. He joined Christian Aid Nigeria in 2013 and is currently responsible for the governance, humanitarian and gender programmes, as well as leading the highly successful Voice to the People (V2P) programme.

Nanlop Ogbureke
Nanlop Ogbureke

Christian Aid Programme Manager, Community Health and HIV

Contact us

Christian Aid Nigeria is based in Abuja with field offices in three other states. Our growing team includes 44 staff with significant programmatic experience. We can also draw on the expertise of colleagues at our UK headquarters, other Christian Aid teams across Africa and the world, and INGO networks in Nigeria.

nigeria-info@christian-aid.org

+234 703 255 9282

@CAID_Nigeria

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