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January 23, 2018

Referred to as the “Giant of Africa,” Nigeria is the most populous country on the continent with more than 60 percent of its population under 25 years of age. Nigeria has one of the largest economies in Africa and a population of an estimated 190 million people – all of which represents tremendous potential.

January 23, 2018

With 86 million people living below the international poverty line in 2016, Nigeria had the world’s second-largest population of poor. Relatively high annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates over the past decade have not reduced corresponding poverty rates. After the global drop in oil prices in 2014, Nigeria’s GDP fell precipitously and the country slipped into recession.

January 23, 2018

With Nigeria’s rapidly growing school-age population, its education system seeks to keep pace. According to the federal Ministry of Education, as of July 2017, more than 10 million children do not attend formal schools, with an additional one million out of school because of conflict and the resulting displacement.

October 1, 2014

The full participation of women and men in a country’s political and decision-making processes as voters, candidates, elected officials and electoral management body (EMB) staff is crucial. Thanks to international instruments which lay the legal foundations to make this a reality, the increasing prioritization given to women’s empowerment by governments, the international community, civil society and businesses and an increasingly strong women’s movement, many positive developments have taken place and womenhave a greater say in how their countries are run than ever before. 


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Last updated: June 13, 2022

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