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UNICEF doubles funding appeal for northeastern Nigeria


By Muhammad Kabir UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country. As new areas open up to humanitarian assistance, the true scale of the

When adolescent girls acquire life skills

  Providing girls with  access to education, healthcare, decent work as well as ensuring they participate in political and economic decision-making processes young women and girl is in line with Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)     Sixteen-year-old Mariya Idris is beaming with smiles; she has just received raw materials for

Maternal mortality reflection of governance failure – Zikirullahi

Maternal mortality has been described as a reflection of failure in governance and a challenge that restraint the “legally guaranteed right to life” as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and other international legal instruments. “Maternal mortality is one challenge that constrains the legally guaranteed right to life by the Nigerian citizens,”

World religious leaders sue for dialogue towards inter-religious peace

A cross-section

By Adam Alqali World religious leaders from across different faiths have called for dialogue towards peaceful coexistence among followers of various religions of the world. This call was made by religious leaders at the just concluded 3-day inter-religious peace meeting held between September 18 and 20 at Assisi, Italy. This year’s event

Health budgets and realization of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa  

Participants at the CISLAC-PACFaH media dissemination of the health budget analysis, shortly after the event

  Stakeholders believe attaining the 15% benchmark budgetary allocation for healthcare by governments in Africa is crucial to achieving adequate and sustainable healthcare delivery and the realization of the third sustainable development goal on the continent By Adam Alqali The third UN sustainable development goal seeks to ensure “healthy lives and promote

“SDGs: Why UN, governments should infuse community development strategy in implementation”  

Muhammad Shitu (second left) with other excos of IACD during the 2016 IACD International Conference held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

   Muhammad Bello Shitu, a professor of community development and innovation diffusion, is the Africa regional director and global vice president of the Scotland-based International Association for Community Development. In this interview, he argues that community development approach has great potentials for institutionalizing social justice in the governance process   By Adam Alqali   IACD’s vision

Aid diversion and hunger in northeastern Nigeria


Despite millions of dollars being spent as humanitarian aid a huge number of  the over 2 million displaced victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria  continue to grapple with hunger and severe malnutrition   By Adam Alqali Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yobe state continue to suffer appalling poverty, despite the enormous resources invested

CISLAC, PACFaH push for 15% budgetary allocation to health in Nigeria

Participants at the CISLAC-PACFaH media dissemination of the health budget analysis, shortly after the event

By Adam Alqali The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, one of the implementing NGOs of the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, has sued for the implementation of the 2001 Abuja Declaration, by the federal and state governments in Nigeria. The Abuja Declarations and Frameworks for Action on


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