Home to more than 170 million people, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, and with the largest economy on the continent, the country has a major influence on the continent’s political agenda.
Nigeria is also one of the highest producers of oil in the world, among other natural resources. However, more than 61% of the population still live below poverty line.
Mismanagement of public resources and power imbalance is widening the gap between the rich and the poor, while standards of living, especially in the north-eastern region, are being worsened by increasing insecurity and humanitarian situations.
While Nigeria has seen recent economic growth, and is now rated by the World Bank as a lower middle income country, development has not kept pace. Women often experience the worst poverty and inequality.
With a growing democracy, civil society is speaking out to challenge injustice in the system. We are part of the movement, working to ensure that the scandal of poverty is exposed and rooted out.
Most of Nigeria’s wealth is held by tiny economic and political elite and many people feel powerless to challenge the current system, campaign for their rights or hold their government to account for wasted public resources.
Through our projects, we are supporting communities to raise their voices to demand accountability, through advocacy, promoting engagement between people and government and strengthening community structures.
Nigeria has committed to allocating 15% of its gross domestic product (GDP) to health, but current spending falls far short of this. Combined with poor management of resources, this has led to insufficient and undertrained staff, poor infrastructure and a lack of drugs and other items. Consequently, many people are dying of treatable and preventable illnesses.
We are helping to strengthen systems in response to HIV, malaria and other community health issues in Nigeria, empowering people to take responsibility for their own health.
Although Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, and has the largest economy on the continent, the country still only raises 12% of GDP through tax. This means Nigeria’s government is missing out on vital revenue that could provide healthcare, education and other essential services – the things Nigerians need to develop and thrive.
We are part of a national coalition of civil society and development agencies leading a tax justice campaign in Nigeria to ensure the country stops losing revenue and that citizens can hold government to account.
Gender discrimination is deep-rooted and pervasive in Nigeria. Women and girls are disadvantaged in every aspect of life. Violence against women is common and although Nigeria has a National Gender Policy, this has yet to be translated into action.
All of our work in Nigeria addresses the exclusion and participation of women and girls.
The 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 and our existing partnerships in the affected states.