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After more than two decades of fighting poverty, we’ve shown that together we can turn hope into action and change lives for the better. But there’s still so much more to do. 

Nigeria today

Remarkable progress against poverty has been made, but the shadow of conflict, economic turmoil and climate disaster still looms large.

  • 46.40%

    live below the poverty line (2019).

  • 4.20%

    unemployment rate (2023).

  • 62.02%

    literacy rate (2018).

Nigeria tomorrow

A just, equitable and peaceful Nigerian society where poverty is eradicated and everyone is empowered to live life in all its fullness.

How we help in Nigeria

We believe partnership is the best way to create lasting change. It's at the heart of all our work.  

We partner with a network of churches, organisations and people of all faiths and none, to deliver life-changing programmes with communities in Nigeria. That could be improving access to essential healthcare, supporting disaster-hit areas with critical food and nutrition, or holding government to account over vital services they provide. These partnerships have allowed us to provide humanitarian relief to over 400,000 displaced people since 2016.

What we aim to achieve in Nigeria

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Improve the lives of people affected by conflict and disaster.
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Improve national and local responses to people living in poverty.
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Improve the health of vulnerable people.

Our impact in Nigeria

Humanitarian

Alarming insecurity and violence in northern Nigeria has led to millions of people being displaced and losing their source of income.

Our strategic partnerships support us to provide a timely and lifesaving response to people affected by conflict. Together, we’ve worked to improve quality of life for the future, and build fair livelihoods and peaceful communities. 

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Food distribution in Nigeria Credit: Christian Aid
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  • A United Nations-funded livelihood project saw tree seedlings – including mango, orange and guava – distributed to over 1,600 households, including over 1,300 women, in Borno State. Tree planting is part of efforts to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis, and also an opportunity for families to increase their livelihoods from the sale of the fruits. 

  • A programme with the Start Network saw 420 households evacuated from high-risk locations in Kogi and Benue States. 

  • Our emergency response through a World Food Programme-funded project reached over 22,700 households and over 28,500 individuals in Borno State, contributing to improved food security

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HADIZA RABIU

Governance

Our work to improve the relationship between citizens and the Nigerian government stems from the fact that many projects for local communities are implemented based on perceived needs rather than actual needs. That’s why we’re amplifying community voices and supporting them to set the development agenda for what they need. Our combined efforts are creating lasting change on policies and practices.  

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A colleague from our Nigeria office says 'thank you' in the Hausa language.
  • We worked with two states through the European Commission-funded Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Safety project to develop an emergency response to support over 55,000 people in the case of flooding. 

  • The Inclusive and Participatory Governance Systems programme aimed to increase the involvement of women, young people and disabled people in decision-making processes. Training and awareness raising saw over 4,300 Permanent Voters’ Cards collected across target communities in Anambra and Kaduna States, increasing community participation in the electoral process. 

  • The Side by Side movement for gender justice enabled us to strategically engage faith and traditional leaders who use their platforms to advocate for gender justice. States where this takes place include Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Kano, Imo, Anambra and Kaduna, along with the Federal Capital Territory.

Health

Alarming insecurity and violence in northern Nigeria has led to millions of people being displaced and losing their source of income.

Our strategic partnerships support us to provide a timely and lifesaving response to people affected by conflict. Together, we’ve worked to improve quality of life for the future, and build fair livelihoods and peaceful communities. 

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Tyonyar Ungon, 60, collecting his hygiene kit at an aid distribution funded by Christian Aid’s Covid appeal in Adagi community, Benue State, Nigeria, November 2020. He is partially disabled. Credit: Latitude Space / Christian Aid
A man, in a brown and cream top, an orange hat and a red and white patterned face mark, receives a hygiene kit in a yellow plastic bag, from another man in a red polo shirt, wearing a blue and orange face mask.
  • The Universal Health Coverage Project supported 440 people to enrol in the State Social Health Insurance Scheme in Nasarawa State. 

  • The Partnership Against Vaccine Hesitancy in Nigeria project achieved an 18% increase in the national uptake of Covid-19 vaccines – up from 36% in November 2022 when the project started, to 54% in February 2023. 

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Three people wearing masks in Nigeria showing their bags of hygiene items they received from Christian Aid partners Credit: Jerry Clinton
Three people wearing masks in Nigeria showing their bags of hygiene items they received from Christian Aid partners

Where we work

We work in areas where the need is greatest and we have strong existing partnerships.

Related reports and resources

Reports and resources
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The Role of Private Creditors in Nigeria's Debt Crisis and the Human Cost

This study explains the relation between religion and health and how we can harness the unique strength of religious actors for improved outcomes in public health interventions.
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Christian Aid Nigeria 2021 Factsheet

Christian Aid Nigeria 2021 Factsheet
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Christian Aid Nigeria 2022 Annual Report

Christian Aid Nigeria 2022 Annual Report
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Religion and Health - Summary Report

This study explains the relation between religion and health and how we can harness the unique strength of religious actors for improved outcomes in public health interventions.
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Understanding the Role of Religious Leaders in Public Health Crises

Understanding the Role of Religious Leaders in Public Health Crises
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Christian Aid Global Results 2022/23

Assessing progress towards our global strategy outcomes throughout 2022/23.
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Community Development Perspective to Civic and Voter Education

This manual gives precision and direction to communities on Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) for community development.
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Doing Accountability Differently - Summary Paper

This paper summaries the practice and results of Christian Aid's Voice to the People Programme in Anambra State, Nigeria.
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Doing Accountability Differently

This document explores the practice and results of Christian Aid's Voice to the People Programme in Anambra State, Nigeria.

How you can help

No matter how tough it gets, we stand with a global community to make change that lasts. Your support means more awareness and funding to tackle the causes of poverty, like the climate crisis, conflict and unfair economic systems.

Donate

Donate and help us be there when disaster strikes and contribute to the resource communities need.

Hold an event

From marathons and walking in the country, to cycling and carol singing, take part in one of our many events.

Become a corporate partner

You'll play a key role in ensuring people's voices are heard.

Philanthropy

Whether you're a private philanthropist, a trust or foundation, you can have a lasting impact.