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“How to make agriculture appeal to educated Nigerian youth” – Makka

Serah Makka is the country director of ONE Nigeria, a campaigning and advocacy organisation working to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa. Here, she speaks about the ONE campaign’s effort to end extreme poverty in Nigeria       How has it been steering over the affairs of ONE Nigeria

 Media and agenda setting for effective service delivery and development

  This piece looks at the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL’s) quest for increased media engagement with budget processes highlighting the role of the media in achieving transparency and accountability in governance and thus setting the agenda for effective service delivery and sustainable development in Nigeria The dearth of governance

Kano Shapers host 2017 annual blood drive

Kano Shapers, a member of the of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, in collaboration with the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) and others have Saturday hosted its 2017 annual blood donation exercise in Kano, Nigeria which witnessed significant turn out of volunteer donors. “Every blessed day, people get into

“Gender mainstreaming critical for the success of SDGs in Nigeria”

Participants in a group photo during Ziongate's step-down training on SDGs for community activists in Kano, Nigeria

Tina Balewa is the executive director of Ziongate Empowerment Initiative for the Less Privileged (ZEIP) a grassroots civic organization  working around gender mainstreaming and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria. Here, she speaks about her organization’s #Women2030 project which seeks to ensure women play important roles in combating climate

2017 FP Summit: Kano, development partners host satellite event on child spacing

As part of satellite activities leading to the 2017 Global Family Planning Summit scheduled for July 11 in London, the Kano state government and international development partners working in the state Friday hosted a roundtable discussion on child birth spacing (CBS) with stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders as well

Hawaja: ‘abduction of women by terror groups ridiculous, unislamic.’

Hawaja: abduction of women by terror groups ‘ridiculous and an opposite of Islam.’

Khadija Hawaja, an Islamic scholar and countering violent extremism expert, was until recently political and gender advisor at the Geneva-headquartered Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and a member of several other global NGOs working around countering violent extremism including Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) and Women Without Borders. Here, she speaks

“How CCCPA is using Islamic Shariah to prevent violent extremism in Africa”

CCCPA's director general Ashraf Swalem

Ashraf Swelam is director general of the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA). Here, he speaks about the Centre’s Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism Leading to Terrorism (PRELT) project in Nigeria and Somalia     CCCPA uses Islamic Shariah to provide alternative narrative to the narratives of terrorists groups

Y4HCI:  Harnessing the potency of soccer diplomacy for peace and development

Team members of Danmaliki United and Baraya United shortly after a Y4HCI football match in Bunkure community of the state of Kano

The Youth for Healthy Community Initiative (Y4HCI) was borne out of the realisation of the sheer efficacy of football – with its attributes of team work, team building and game spirit – to bring about sustainable and socially responsive youth engagement safe spaces for peace, tolerance and civic responsibility   The popularity

The pains of pregnant mothers in rural northern Nigeria

Northern Nigeria accounts for a huge percentage of women dying of pregnancy-and-childbirth-related complications in Nigeria, whereas the national maternal mortality ratio for Nigeria is put at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, maternal deaths for the northeastern and northwestern sub-regions are as high as 1549 and 1024, respectively.   Twenty-five year old

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