OUR MISSION
To be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in West Africa. CDD set out to generate dialogue on alternative pathways that are universally relevant and context sensitive. The first activity of the Centre was a roundtable organised in London in 1997 on the democratic future of Nigeria (then under military dictatorship). CDD activities have since grown not only in Nigeria but in the entire West African sub-region and the rest of the continentThe Centre remains focused on capacity building work, policy advocacy, and as a research reference point on democratic governance, human security, people-centred development and human rights.
Our VisionOur Vision

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The purpose was to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratisation and development processes in West Africa.

WHO WE ARE

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The purpose was to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratisation and development processes in West Africa..
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COALITIONS

CDD is secretariat to Citizens Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR), Nigeria Gender Budget Network (NGBN), and Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC).

 The International Governing Council (IGC) is chaired by Dr. Kole Shettima a philanthropist- and Africa Director, MacArthur Foundation, the vice chairperson of the board is Dr Dzodzi Tsikata, a leading Ghanaian feminist and Sociology lecturer in the in University of Ghana. They work with 10 other members selected from across the region to provide policy directions and resource guidance and goodwill for the centre’s work and image.  Other members of the IGC include: CDD International Governing Council (IGC)

Election Observation

The organization continued her involvement in the observation of elections both locally and internationally. At the international level CDD staff formed part of the ECOWAS election observer team to Guinea Bissau. Locally the CDD team observed the staggered gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Edo, Ondo and Osun states. The organization also later deployed observers across several states in Nigeria during the 2015 general elections. During the period the organization innovated the “Analysis Centre” and continued to observe staggered elections in Nigeria.

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Idayat Hassan

Director & Secretary to IGC

Dr. Kole Shettima

African Director, MacArthur Foundation, Abuja

Eve Crawford

Product Designer

Alex Parker

Founder

Dzodzi Tsikata

Deputy Chair, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Ghana

Prof. Boubacar N’diaye

Wooster College, United States of America