Support communities in building innovative and sustainable solutions that promote a more peaceful and productive Nigeria.
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 destructive behaviors. At the same time, we respond to immediate humanitarian needs of households affected by conflict through emergency assistance that will help them cope. We particularly focus on supporting young women, so they can participate in and contribute equally to their country in positive ways.
- Conflict & Governance: Working to reduce tension between pastoralists and farmers, as well as different religious groups, to promote local livelihoods and economic growth.
- Children & Youth: Implementing adolescent girls’ learning and empowerment across the country to create safe spaces and build life and business skills, then link young people to job or business opportunities that enable them to earn an independent income.
- Economic opportunity: Helping families access financial services, like loans, and job skills to strengthen their ability to make informed economic decisions within their households.
- Emergency Response: Meeting the urgent needs of households affected by the conflict by providing food, water and shelter, while connecting them to income opportunities that help create long-term and long-lasting solutions.
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