Nigeria | Development and Peace



Our Program

Development and Peace has been implementing development projects in Nigeria since 1974. Our program is structured along three main lines: citizen democratization and participation, conflict resolution and the promotion of a culture of peace, and finally, natural resource control and management for the benefit of the population in general, and of communities living in oil-producing areas in particular.

We partner up with human rights organizations that support slum dwellers who live under the constant threat of illegal eviction. Our activities also cover women’s economic empowerment through access to microcredit and family farming.


“I started with 300 birds, and now I own 700! I’ve started other agricultural enterprises, such as growing plantain and raising snails”. Samuel Oladipupo, a small family farmer in Ijebu-Ode, had the opportunity to participate in several training sessions on bookkeeping, veterinary skills, and management.

Leading up to the March 2015 presidential elections, a range of initiatives to inform and engage young people, women, religious leaders and political parties from both the country’s north and south were carried out in order to ensure transparent and peaceful elections.


The issues we work on to build justice:

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Peace and reconciliation

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Natural Resources

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and citizen participation

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Ecological Justice

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Equality between
women and men

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The situation

With a population of 173.6 million, almost five times as large as Canada’s, Nigeria is the most densely populated country in Africa. It is also the continent’s leading economy, especially due to its substantial oil production.

Nigeria is located in Western Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea. The nation remains low on the human development index (152nd out of 187). Economic growth does not benefit development, poverty continues to rise and inequalities to deepen.

Nigeria has suffered at the hands of violent religious fundamentalist groups, in particular in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and the evident spillover is of great concern to a number of adjacent states, including Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

June 17, 2020

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is an occasion to examine the nexus between climate change, conflict, poverty and human tragedy.

June 28, 2016

“The Untold Stories of Environmental Exiles of Ogoniland”, a new report published by Social Action, a Development and Peace partner in Nigeria, exposes the ongoing displacement and forced migration resulting from oil pollution in Ogoniland.

March 16, 2015

Samuel Oladipupo understands the hardships of being a small family farmer. Livestock feed is expensive and is sometimes hard to come by. The low prices fetched from the products of his labours make it difficult to expand and try new agricultural activities. Poor roads and infrastructure can make it hard to get products to market. And little support is given to farmers, who are often neglected by government policies that do not benefit them.

August 19, 2014

For some time now, and with more and more insistence in the last few months, our partners in Nigeria, particularly in the North, have mentioned in our conversations the combined effects of violence and insecurity following attacks by the armed group Boko Haram.

April 18, 2013

Development and Peace is concerned by a growing threat to human rights defenders in Nigeria after employees of its Nigerian partner Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC) were beaten and arrested by police for allegedly contravening a new traffic law passed in 2012.

January 23, 2012

The BBC reported on Monday, Jan. 23 that both Muslim and Christian residents of Kano, the northern Nigerian city where at least 160 people were killed in a series of attacks on Friday, have been urged to heed a day of prayer.

January 17, 2012

The current unrest in Nigeria, that seemed to have started because of the Government’s decision to cut subsidies to the fuel industry - has caught international attention. Some of Development and Peace’s partners offer further insight on this situation, as it is being felt directly from the ground, and how civil society and ordinary citizens have come together to demand change and justice.


Boiling Over: Global Warming, Hunger and Violence in the Lake Chad Basin

This report offers an overview of the conflict and socioeconomic turmoil in the Lake Chad basin. Through the insights of displaced persons, local activists, journalists, academics and government officials, it analyses causal and contributory factors, including climate change and explores potential solutions.

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Banished for Oil

The Untold Story of Environmental Exiles of Ogoniland

“The Untold Stories of Environmental Exiles of Ogoniland”, a new report published by Social Action, a Development and Peace partner in Nigeria, exposes the ongoing displacement and forced migration resulting from oil pollution in Ogoniland.

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Mission Nigeria 2011