Giving back hope to victims of insurgency - Zainab’s story
Feb 2, 2017
Zainab is now part of a programme aiming at creating a new future for displaced people in North East Nigeria. She learns dress making and embroidery at a Skill Acquisition Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, set up by the Borno State Ministry of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, with support from UNDP and the Japanese government. The centre is part of the Livelihoods and Economic Recovery initiative of the UNDP Early Recovery Programme.
Statement attributed to UN Resident Coordinator, Edward Kallon, following meeting with Borno State Governor
Jan 12, 2017
His Excellency expressed his immense appreciation of the work the various humanitarian actors are doing in Borno. He also stated that while the ongoing humanitarian work is helping hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of support, the burden is only becoming heavier as more Local Government Areas (LGAs) become liberated from the control of Boko Haram. He therefore requested for urgent and scaled up support directed towards these newly liberated areas.
UNDP and Japan supports IDPs in North East of Nigeria
Jan 6, 2017
With funding from the Government of Japan, UNDP and its implementing partners continues to provide support to people affected by the ongoing military insurgency in North East region of Nigeria. This support is being channeled through two projects; one focusing on Livelihood and Social Cohesion, while the other on De-radicalization, Counter-Terrorism and Migration.
Edward Kallon formally begins his tour of duty in Nigeria, promises to lead an efficient and responsive UN System
Dec 15, 2016
I am also aware, I am starting my tenure as the Head of the UN in Nigeria (a Representative of the Secretary General H.E Ban Ki moon and the incoming SG, Mr. Antonio Guterres) at a time when questions are being raised by partners on the role of the UN in Nigeria. This is compounded by the concerns of some stakeholders, especially the government on our mode of engagement in the North-East. While these may be perceptions, I intend to use the UN system’s collective resolve to make sure they do not become reality. In this respect, I intend to work with my colleagues in the UNCT to “Deliver as One”and speak with One Voice on critical issues of concern on UN-Nigeria relations and on our interventions in Nigeria.
Meet our new Resident Representative, Edward Kallon
Dec 15, 2016
Before his career began with the UN, he worked in his home country as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator for GTZMANR (1988-1990) and with Plan International during 1986 as Income Generation Project Coordinator. He holds an M.A. in Development Studies with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.
Africa Economic Conference 2016 - media coverage
Dec 9, 2016
Media houses, local and foreign, covered the 11 African Economic Conference in Abuja. This page will be updated on a continuous basis to reflect the coverage of the 3-day event.
AEC 2016 closes with call for agriculture to be at the centre of Africa’s development
Dec 8, 2016
Over 300 participants attended the annual event, co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on the theme, “Feed Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth.”
Media Coverage - Launch of AfHDR2016
Dec 7, 2016
UNDP Nigeria launched the African Human Development 2016 (AfHDR2016) in Abuja. The event was part of the 11th African Economic Conference that took place 5-7 December 2016 in Nigeria. The Report makes a case that untapped potential of women is costing the African continent millions of Dollars every year.
Women empowerment key to transforming the continent’s agriculture
Dec 6, 2016
According to a key finding in UNDP’s 2016 Africa Human Development Report (AfHDR) —Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa — gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa about US$95 billion a year and hampers the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth.
Africa must focus on agro-allied industrialisation that is inclusive
Dec 5, 2016
Three main factors account for African agriculture’s under-performance and low productivity. First, a large proportion of Africa’s agriculture depends on rain. Only 6 percent of the total cultivated area in Africa is equipped for irrigation, compared to 46 percent in South Asia and 56 percent in East Asia. Accelerated irrigation has the potential to improve land-use efficiency and boost agricultural productivity by as much as 50%.