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CDD Profile

Our Profile

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently registered in Lagos – Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organization The Centre was established to mobilize global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development processes in West Africa, and also to provide alternatives and best practices to the sustenance of democracy and development in the region. CDD envisions a West Africa that is democratically governed, economically integrated – promoting human security and people-centered development. The mission of the center is to be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in the West African sub-region.


Doing great work with great team for great clients

The first activity of the Centre was a round table organized in London in 1997 on the democratic future of Nigeria (then under military dictatorship). CDD’s activities have since grown not only in Nigeria but in the entire West African region and the rest of the continent. The Centre remains focused on capacity building work, policy analysis and advocacy, and as a research reference point on democratic governance, human security and people-centered development in the region. It has remained a critical bridge building institution between policy makers, civil society activists and academics in West Africa.

Our Programme

Democratic Governance


  • Parliamentary engagement
  • Promoting Peace and Human Security in West Africa in concert with regional institutions and civil society
  • Elections
  • Deepening democratic governance through strengthening political parties and promoting free and fair elections
  • Facilitating constitution and legal reforms
  • Decentralization and Local Governance
  • West African Futures and Horizon Scanning

People-Centered Development


    • Promoting Transparency and Accountability through Budget Monitoring
    • MDGs: Advancing people-centered development through raising capacity for MDGs attainment. Supporting, monitoring and promoting local initiatives
    • Environment and Climate Change: Enhancing civic participation and legislative oversight on emerging trends in the extractive industry, supporting institutions to reduce and mitigate the effects of climate change on local communities.
    • Gender and Economic Rights: Promoting gender and economic rights of women as a cross cutting theme
    • Urbanization and Migration

    Project teams are coordinated by Head of Programmes along thematic areas.

Centre For Democracy and Development

Open Positions

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Centre For Democracy and Development

Our Team

Our team draws on broad industry experience and networks to create the most powerful outcomes for our clients