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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.

Our aims

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

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

Mother and baby receive maternal health advice in Nigeria

In Nigeria we work on...

Community health and HIV

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.

'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

Theresa Nnatoanya, a leader from Nigeria

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.

Key achievements

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

V2P good governance workshop in Nigeria

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

Malaria net set up in Nigeria

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.

Reports and documents

Exploring practice and results of Christian Aid’s Voice to the People Programme in Anambra State, Nigeria

In this third week of Lent we journey with those who have had to flee from violence in Nigeria.

Voice to the People newsletter May 2017.

Summary report from the Improving Community Response against Malaria project in Kaduna State.

Through the Strengthening Community Health and HIV project in Nigeria, Community Health Agents were established to educate vulnerable communities.

Christian Aid works in partnership with Vitamin Angels Alliance to provide Vitamin A supplements and deworming to children in Nigeria under 5.

This report looks at why partnership is critical to Christian Aid’s Strengthening Community Health and HIV Response in Nigeria (SCHH) project.

This report provides an analysis of the status of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Plateau State.