Promote sustainable development through conflict mitigation and economic development, with particular focus on protecting and empowering women and adolescent girls.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and its influence spreads across the continent. Yet, inequality and insecurity have consistently undermined Nigeria's development — and therefore the region's stability. Roughly 70 percent of the country lives in poverty, and in many areas as many as 80 percent of women are illiterate.
The growing threat from extremists only exacerbates significant ethnic and religious violence that stems from income inequality and conflict over diminishing natural resources.
It's critical that we help communities address tensions and prevent marginalized populations from being exploited and participating in destruction behaviors. Supporting the education of young women is particularly essential, so they can participate in and contribute equally to their country in positive ways.
- Conflict & Governance: Training religious leaders to discuss tolerance and lead peace-building activities in their communities
- Economic opportunity: Helping families access financial services and earn higher incomes with new job skills
- Education: Supporting girls to enroll and stay in school with safe spaces and academic tutoring
- Women & Gender: Teaching business development and entrepreneurship skills to young women
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Niger, Nigeria: Quick facts about the Lake Chad crisis
Boko Haram’s cycle of violence has uprooted and displaced at least 2.3 million people near the already fragile and drought-afflicted Lake Chad water basin, which includes portions of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
Nigeria: The widows of Boko Haram
They've lost their husbands, their homes and their communities to Boko Haram. While building a new life is a struggle for many women in northeastern Nigeria, they are not without hope. Here are their stories.
Nigeria: How this woman escaped when Boko Haram came to town
In a moment, everyday Nigerians like Jummah are forced to flee home and try to reassemble a life with no job, little support and many mouths to feed.
Nigeria: New report investigates how Boko Haram recruits youth
Boko Haram is fueling crisis in Nigeria, and experts agree: The majority of its fighters are youth. To learn how to prevent further recruitment, we researched what motivates certain young people to join while others resist. Read our findings.
Nigeria: In vulnerable communities, young women dream big
Abasiya used to be like many young women in Nigeria — out of school, poor, and with few opportunities in front of her. How did she build dreams for the future?
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Why women are key to building resilience
Increasingly frequent droughts are the new reality in the Sahel. Our new research shows how gender equality helps communities survive these and other disasters.
Nigeria: Bridging the gap between groups in conflict
Ongoing conflict between farmers and pastoralists keeps them from thriving in Nigeria. We're using simple activities to increase dialogue, cooperation, and ultimately, the productive use of their shared resources.