Nigeria | ActionAid UK


ActionAid began work in Nigeria in 2000. We support women and girls, street children, people with disabilities, and landless groups, and empower them to claim their rights to basic services such as health care, clean water and education.

Why we work in Nigeria

Nigeria is often referred to as the ‘giant of Africa’ because of its large economy and population – but it also faces some of the world’s biggest development challenges.

A rapidly growing population has overwhelmed the education system, meaning that 1 in 3 children are not in school. Those that are face huge class sizes, poorly trained teachers and the threat of attack from armed groups opposed to ‘Western-style’ education. The world caught a shocking glimpse of these dangers when 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok 2014.

  • 10
    Only 10% of children attend secondary school.
  • 68
    68% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • 43
    43% 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.


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