Civic Space

The Civic Space programme was established to strengthen Nigeria's democracy by protecting, promoting, and nurturing the civic space and supporting key players within it.

Promoting National Cohesion and Building Platforms to Counter Divisive Behavior

Nigeria has experienced divisions and tensions between and among various ethnic identities since the struggle for independence. Efforts to resolve conflicts have been deployed, but latent acrimonies and mutual suspicions remain evident due to a combination of socio-economic and political factors, compounded by perceived and existent injustice.

A June 2018 three-day retreat at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta explored drivers of tension in Nigeria and identified strategies to address them. A community of stakeholders committed themselves to address challenges confronting unity in Nigeria.

Support for the retreat was provided by the Ford Foundation.

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