Regional Workshop on ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy

The Centre with support through the Access Nigeria Project implemented a series of activities to build efforts and cohesion to tackle the scourge of violent extremism in Nigeria and beyond. The Project trained selected civil society and media experts from Nigeria and countries of the ECOWAS and the Sahel on their role in tackling terrorism …

WEST AFRICA TRENDS: MONITORING TO INFLUENCE POSITIVELY

The overall objective of the project is to enhance knowledge and information flows among the policy community, civil society, the academia, government and other stakeholders in West Africa on future trends, horizon scanning and scenario building for the purpose of anticipating problems and adapting measures that would promote democracy consolidation and people-centred development. A key …

MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECOWAS COUNTER TERRORISM STRATEGY

An active terrorist group is not a new phenomenon for many countries in West Africa but what is new is the increasing threat in the Sub-region. It has become one of the biggest threats to peace and security within the West Africa region. In north eastern Nigeria alone, over 17,000 people have been killed and …

Perspectives On West Africa Towards 2015-2017

The project is implemented by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). The project was conceived with respect to the ongoing political and economic challenges that have continuously hampered the regions progress,

Nigerian Political Parties Discussion Series

Political parties are key actors in democratic governance as they fulfill the classic roles of recruiting candidates for political office, forming government, legislative policy agreements, and mobilizing for public support around identifiable sets of policy programs – manifestoes

Buharimeter

#Buharimeter (www.buharimeter.ng) is a monitoring tool that enables Nigerians around the globe to keep tab on the status of implementation of over 200 campaign promises of President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The initiative aims to address the challenges of governance, civic participation and effective service delivery in Nigeria by ensuring that the …

Open Minds

The Open Minds Nigeria Project is a program initiated to engage youth in schools and vocational centres with sustainable skills through training, mentoring and training of trainers, reaching the broader population of Nigerian youths through public debate and substantial media outputs. The project uses the tools of civic education, instruction in critical thinking, media production …

De-Radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration in Northern Nigeria (DCM)

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with financial support from the government of Japan through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is implementing a project named: De-Radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration in Northern Nigeria (DCM). The project aims at supporting the security agencies and civil society organizations in developing and disseminating counter-radical narratives to radical ideologies of …

SWISS Political Forum

The Embassy of Switzerland in Abuja and Centre for Democracy and Development are jointly organizing a series of four “Swiss Political Forums” on “Approaches to dealing with violent extremism: the case of North-eastern Nigeria”. These bring together seasoned experts and key stakeholders to intellectually discuss and practically analyze the push and pull factors, as well …

USIP Northern Nigeria Project

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is providing support to The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) project here in Nigeria that seeks to support governors of northern states, civic leaders, and the Nigerian government more broadly by strengthening their collective capacity to develop sustainable and inclusive strategies towards addressing drivers of instability in …

Small Arms and Light Weapons Stakeholders Dialogue

Against the backdrop of fragile security, local manufacturing and the circulation of illegal guns, grenades and rocket launchers that have ripped communities apart while fuelling terrorism, in Nigeria. These weapons, described as small arms and light weapons (SALWs) are in dense possession of unauthorized non-state actors.  For this reason the government of Nigeria has initiated …

Transitional justice and the insurgency in the North-East

Transitional justice, simply put, is a form of judicial and/or non-judicial mechanism used to redress situations in which massive human rights abuses have occurred and the justice system might be unable to cope with the large number of people involved. The mechanism, which was developed in the later part of the last century, became necessary …

Morocco's accession to ECOWAS 'will do more harm than good'

One of the most important topics for discussion in West Africa at the moment is Morocco’s application to become a full member of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), the continent’s most active regional economic community. At a high-level policy dialogue held in Abuja, Nigeria on 24 August, stakeholders convened to unpack the implications …

Boko Haram – the fear, the conspiracy theories, and the deepening crisis

  The fear is palpable in northeast Nigeria as Boko Haram intensifies its war on civilians. The military’s regular claim that the jihadists are on the run is patently false, and provides no comfort to anyone. Instead, this is the reality. – Since January, there have been at least 83 suicide bombings by children – a figure …