What we do


Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. With an estimated population of 182 million, one in every five Africans is a Nigerian. The country is also the biggest oil exporter in Africa, with the largest natural gas reserves in the continent. In spite of its vast oil wealth, poverty remains one of the most critical challenges, with 54% of the population living on less than 1.90 dollars a day. After more than 30 years of military rule, violence, ruined infrastructure and wide-scale corruption, Nigeria has one of the highest rates of inequality in the world. Women and girls are systematically excluded and disadvantaged. One in three women aged between 15 and 25 has experienced some form of violence, including rape, spousal abuse or female circumcision. In recent years, northern Nigeria has experienced increasing waves of sectarian and ethnic violence, and serious clashes between Islamic factions and state security forces. Thousands have been threatened and tens of thousands have been displaced.(Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
Human Development Index
152 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

related programmes

Current partners

Médecins Sans Frontières
Women for Women International

Past partners