CHD made its debut with programs on the health of women and children and expanded to other sectors with shifting global focus on sectors that impact health. It enlarged its programs in the last quarter of the 1990s to include community based development projects defined as priorities by its subjects of research. Among these are urban micro credit programs for poor women, youth skill development programs, rehabilitation of disadvantaged groups (young mothers, school drop-outs, victims of drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and trafficking). Because of the overriding impact of Nigeria’s democratization on CHD’s priority areas, the organization embarked on a good governance program that assesses the impact of globalization on local development, the threats of ethnicity and promotes the involvement of civil society in democratization and development. In support of sustainable development programs, CHD organizes capacity building programs on participatory methodologies, mainstreaming gender and social development and sensitizes large sections of the populace on human rights, reproductive health problems, HIV/AIDS, and positive values for good governance.
What We Do, Our mission & Our Goals
What we do
We specialize in research, program design and implementation on development issues, with emphasis on:
Health and reproductive health
Gender and development
Democracy and Good Governance
Our prime mission is to partner with governments, donor agencies, non-government organizations, local community based organizations to develop sustainable development policies and programs to meet African development challenges in the new millenium.
Our goals are to:
Carry out interdisciplinary research on poverty, gender issues, governance, health, reportductive health and HIV/AIDS
Develop human resources in the above areas
Implement development programs
Reduce poverty, maternal and childhood diseases, reproductive health problems, the spread of HIV/AIDS
Who we are
The Centre for Human Development (CHD) was established in the early 1990s to create an intellectual space for interdisciplinary policy relevant research and evidence based advocacy on poverty, governance, gender issues, health and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. It promotes the sustainable development goals* and explores how best to manage inclusive growth. CHD was registered (Reg. No. 9480 of 29th May, 1996) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in compliance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Its vision is to be a foremost international research, training and development agency creating knowledge and improving practices on the most critical problems of development. CHD’s mandate is to partner with governments, donor agencies, community based organizations to develop sustainable community development policies and programs to meet global development challenges. The objectives of the Centre are to carry out interdisciplinary research on poverty, gender issues, governance, health and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, build capacity of individuals and institutions on the above thematic areas, implement development programs to reduce poverty, maternal and childhood diseases, reproductive health problems, revert the spread of HIV/AIDS particularly among girls, women and other vulnerable groups, promote good governance and gender equality. Moving forward in the 2015-2020 program period CHD will scale up research on gender and governance, patterns of accumulation in the formal and informal sectors to understand the gender implications of economic reforms, support private sector organizations to promote STEM education* for girls and gender sensitive workplaces as part of a vibrant agenda for women’s empowerment and gender equality*.