1. Good Governance

The Good Governance program of the Centre for Human Development is an action-oriented, gender sensitive approach that promotes political and economic governance in order to entrench the democratization process in Nigeria. The objectives are to partner with strategic stakeholders to achieve good political governance through the rule of law, predictable rules and regulations, and promote economic governance through emphasis on economic growth, appropriate regulatory functions, reducing corruption, good fiscal management, accountability and transparency. CHD’s strategies include research, policy analysis, dialogues, advocacy, people participation and strengthening institutions at all levels of governance. These objectives are achieved by building the capacity of individuals and groups to understand democracy and democratic institutions; building knowledge about the democratization process and good governance; building partnerships, alliances and coalitions to promote political and economic governance; building the capacity of stakeholders to influence public policies and practices on free and fair elections, gender-inclusive governance, participatory development, corruption, budget tracking and public finance and the tax justice system; partnerships with the organized private sector, donors and the media to promote good political and economic governance and adoption of a strong ICT strategy.

2. Poverty Research

CHD carries out research and policy analysis from a gender perspective in its contribution to the understanding of the impact of globalization and economic reforms on poverty and social exclusion in Nigeria. The project “Women’s Share of Growth” pursues more vigorously the long standing issue of the impact of growth on women’s empowerment and gender equality. There is emphasis on the different economic policies, historical contexts and overlapping nature of the agricultural sector, the informal and informal sectors. The aim is not just to document the feminization of poverty but also women’s strategies for wealth creation, changes in the management of the care economy and movements in and out of poverty. CHD will continue its inquiry into the social protection mechanisms that are available to different categories to contribute to the refinement of policies.

CHD’s poverty research complements official quantitative research with micro assessments of accumulation and poverty among sub-populations for a more comprehensive understanding of the changing face of poverty in Nigeria. CHD is particularly interested in manifestations of poverty at the community level; the welfare of individuals and subgroups as indicated by education, health and nutrition, agriculture, employment and population data. From a policy perspective, this program focuses on understanding the processes of wealth creation and impoverishment, the gendered nature of urban prosperity, the performance of social protection institutions and their mechanisms, policy successes and failures.

3. Gender and Development

The current gender program concentrates on four issues; increasing women’s political effectiveness, analyzing the gender implications of decentralization, reducing gender-based violence against women and promoting gender equitable workplace practices. Under the gender and decentralization project, CHD will continue to promote gender inclusive governance, women’s representation and political effectiveness. It will pursue a new research agenda that will contribute to knowledge on the gendered nature of urban habitats, women’s participation in urban governance and policy challenges. This supports current interest in urban sustainable development and the desire of the General Assembly (2014) to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and consolidates the desire for equity, equality and people participation in decentralized governance. As women and girls join the increasing wave of migrants into urban centres in search of wealth, there are fears that contexts in which wealth is created would perpetuate existing power structures and produce programs that will overburden rather than empower women. The increasingly diverse nature of the problems of urban women and girls, the perpetuation of patriarchy in African democracies and the distance between the mandate and interests of women in public office and grassroots women create the need to insert grassroots women’s perspectives into policies and programs.

The Gender Unit will continue to organize special gender training workshops to mainstream gender into other programs, the 2-week Feminist Methodology Course for academicians, bureaucrats and NGOs and the Women in Politics and Policy Making Course for aspiring politicians, elected and appointed women, bureaucrats and NGOS seeking to improve their knowledge and acquire the skills in policy making. CHD’s Intergenerational Dialogues are held twice a year to strengthen the women’s movement and voice. Participants in these capacity building programs constitute a network that promotes “Feminist Visions of Society” focusing on the production of local knowledge for public education and in support of policies and programs.

4. Better Health for Women and Children

CHD conducts basic and action research on maternal and child health, the nutritional status of women and children for policy and program development and rapid assessments for the evaluation of specific population, nutrition, maternal and child morbidity and mortality projects. There is special interest in masculinity for a better understanding of RRH, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health. CHD collaborates with development partners, Federal, State, Local Governments, Community Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations to improve the pregnancy and delivery experience of women and the general well being of both mother and child. The main goal is to promote women’s empowerment and improve their agency in accessing and utilizing RMNCH programs in their communities for improved promoting child survival and development. The specific objectives are to empower young women and older women on their reproductive health and rights; mobilize a critical mass of young boys and men on women’s reproductive health and rights, child survival and development and increased access to and utilization of maternal health care services. The program is expected to improve reproductive health knowledge, practices and behavior of adolescents, farm and other hard to reach populations on the prevalence, gender, socio-economic and health implications of HIV/AIDS and the impact of globalization, inequality and culture on the health and social well-being of women, children and the youth.

About our programs

Our programs are designed to promote the development of women, children and youth. We specialize in baseline surveys, policy analysis, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Support for our programs have come from national and international development organizations including UNICEF, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNDEF, OSIWA, The Ford Foundation, The World Bank, European Union, PACT, NACA and Global Fund for Women.