Improving social and economic participation of the population of Northeast Nigeria

Project description

Title: Social and economic participation of returnees, internally displaced persons, and host communities in Northeast Nigeria
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Nigeria​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning​​​​​​​
Overall term​​​​​​​: 2022 to 2024

Female participants of the CDP process in Adamawa State


Since 2009, there have been repeated violent attacks across Nigeria’s Northeast which have caused the displacement of 2.3 million people from their communities of origin. In this context, displaced persons, returnees and vulnerable members of the host population, in particular women, lack economic and social participation.


The economic and social participation of returnees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable members of host communities continues to improve in a gender-responsive manner.


Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the programme provides support to its target groups in the Adamawa State. Core of the programme is the participatory approach – Community Development Planning (CDP). The inclusive process is designed in such a way that marginalised populations can voice their opinions and thus contribute to the development of their communities. The objective of the programme is to be achieved by:

  • Improving the social participation of women by promoting exchanges on gender roles between women and raising awareness on gender equality/equity among men in the communities - including traditional and religious authorities
  • Implementing a multi-level approach, through which participatory development planning is carried out in cooperation with the relevant line ministries, local administrations and civil society organisations and incorporated into municipal and state planning as well as state budgets
  • Improving the organisational capabilities of government and non-governmental actors to engage the target groups and promote social engagement
  • Providing specific economic support for women in the agricultural sector to work against gender-related stereotypes and enhance individual and group economic participation

Last update: November 2022

CDP Process in Mubi South Local Government Area

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