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“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

“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

“How The Challenge Initiative will help Nigeria achieve Family Planning 2020”

Victor Igharo

  Victor Igharo is the Nigeria program manager of The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program working in the area of improving access to family planning and childbirth spacing services to women towards achieving Family Planning 2020 across 4 hubs of the world: Kenya, India, Senegal and

“Nigerian women’s contribution to GDP great yet undervalued and unrecognized”

  Aishatu Debola Aminu is the country director of New Faces New Voices (NFNV) in Nigeria. Here, she speaks about Nigerian women’s great yet undervalued and unrecognized contributions to the country’s economy as well as their marginalization when it comes to access to finance   What is New Faces New Voices' vision

“Healthcare and humanitarian services still desperately needed in north-eastern Nigeria”

Danca Paiva, MSF’s project coordinator in Pulka -- Photo: Samuel Malik/MSF

In October 2016, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) commenced offering primary healthcare services in Pulka town, situated on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, which has become a last resort for people fleeing Boko Haram and the Nigerian military’s onslaught against the insurgents in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno. Here, Danca Paiva, MSF’s

“How we’re empowering women farmers in rural Uganda”

Laetitia Mugerwa

Mugerwa Laetitia is the executive director of  Empowerment Initiative for Women and Youth, Uganda (EIWYU), a nonprofit working to empower, support, and connect women and youth with opportunities in rural parts of Uganda   How did the Empowerment Initiative for Women and Youth Uganda (EIWYU) come about, what inspired you to start

“Why child birth spacing has many socioeconomic benefits”

Kabir Abdullahi of Johns Hopkins Public Health In Nigeria Initiative speaks about the initiative’s work around child birth spacing in northern Nigeria   What are the successes achieved by the Johns Hopkins Public Health in Nigeria Initiative? In Nigeria, the initiative is in its second phase of implementation, the first phase focused on


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