10Only 10% of children attend secondary school.
6868% of the population live below the poverty line.
4343% of girls are married before their 18th birthday.
Women in Nigeria earn on average 25% less than their male counterparts, and despite making up the majority of the agricultural workforce, they aren’t in control of the land they work on.
Despite these challenges, the poor in Nigeria pay more in taxes than multinational oil and energy companies. It is estimated that US$15 billion was lost to illegal financial flows each year, most of which is a result of harmful tax practices.
What we do in Nigeria
Since we started wokring in Nigeria in 2000 we have reached over 141,000 people in 12 states in Nigeria. We work with parents, teachers, community and religious leaders to challenge entrenched attitudes that stop families from sending their daughters to school, and address the reasons why girls are likely to drop out.
We support women’s rights by encouraging communities to adopt policies that protect women and girls, and to compensate survivors of violence.
ActionAid Nigeria is calling upon multinational corporations to pay their taxes in poor countries, and for governments to use this money to provide decent public services.
How we’re changing lives for good in Nigeria
Read stories of women and girls we support.
Changing attitudes to girls’ education
Hadiza works hard at school, and got high marks in her final year exams. She says: “I don’t have anything bothering my education and schooling. My teachers teach me well in school and I get support from my brother at home.”
ActionAid supports education for girls like Hadiza by pressing local authorities to recruit more female teachers, since Muslim parents are more likely to send girls to school with female teachers. We also build separate toilets for girls, so that they do not have to miss school when on their periods.Donate to support our work supporting girls
Supporting smallholder farmers
Folasade is a member of smallholder women farmers’ network in Ondo state. ActionAid gave the group practical training in sustainable agriculture.
Folasade said, “I used to burn bushes on my farm thinking it was the easiest way of clearing farmland. But since the training, I have stopped as I learnt that it reduces the nutrients in the soil. I have also started applying the new method of planting I learnt from the training, and my crop is growing very well”.Find out how we're taking action to stop hunger
Making tax fair
Isabella is a 25 year-old Activista (ActionAid's youth network). She says, "Tax justice is the best campaign I have taken part in so far. This is all about how to enlighten people about the benefits of paying tax - but also the responsibility they have to ensure that their taxes are used effectively. In Nigeria the elites aren't paying taxes - it is the poorer people who are being made to fund everything, yet they get nothing in return.
"As part of the campaign I have been trying to teach people that their taxes should be used for development. It should be used to build good roads, give people access to fresh drinking water, electricity and good quality education. As Activistas we go to market places and other public places and talk to people about tax justice and try to get them to understand their rights."
Learn about our campaign to make tax fair