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MacArthur’s grantmaking in Nigeria supports reproductive and sexual health, human rights and the rule of law, and girls’ secondary education.

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Our Grantmaking in Nigeria

Nigeria is an economic powerhouse and the most populous nation on the African continent. Its transition to democracy represents an important opportunity for contributing to both national and regional stability. MacArthur has been making grants in Nigeria since 1989, opening an office in Abuja in 1994 with a staff of Nigerians who know and love their country. The Foundation has supported work in Nigeria in the fields of higher education, population and reproductive health, human rights and international justice, and girls’ secondary education. MacArthur’s current work is primarily focused on promoting an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country by reducing retail corruption and strengthening Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts.

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Lecture on Population and Reproductive Health by Professor Paul Hunt

Contents The Millennium Development Goals and the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health New Skills & Techniques Is the international right to health merely aspirational? Is it too vague to be implemented? Uganda, neglected diseases ... Read More

Commentary by Kole Shettima: Higher Education Needs Urgent Attention

In this commentary published in Federations Magazine, MacArthur's Africa Office Director Kole Shettima describes how issues of accreditation and free tuition create the need for reform in Nigerian post-secondary education. Read More

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Nigeria on a Path to Genuine Democracy

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton acknowledges the flaws in recent Nigerian elections but argues that the country's president, Olusegun Obasango, has put it on the path to stability. Read More

Motherhood Kills, Op-Ed in This Day by Kole Shettima

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima recommends steps on how to prevent maternal mortality in Nigeria. Read More

Interview with Jonathan Fanton: Without Human Rights, You Can't Have Stable Democracy

MacArthur's President talks about MacArthur's grantmaking in Nigeria targeted towards human rights, reproductive health, and maternal mortality. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Reception for MacArthur Foundation Nigeria Grantees

As MacArthur's Board of Directors holds its first-ever meeting outside of North America, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton expresses optimism for the future of Nigerian democracy. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Official Dinner Hosted by the Federal Minister for Abuja, Nigeria

As MacArthur's Board of Directors holds its first-ever meeting outside of North America, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes the Foundation's support for Nigerian human rights, democracy, and education. Read More

Interview with Jonathan Fanton on Democracy, Digital Learning, and Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century

Recently, Philanthropy News Digest spoke with MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. Read More

Population and Reproductive Health

President's Essay Despite historically low birth rates in North America and much of the developed world, global population is expected to increase by more than 40 percent to 9 billion over the next 50 years ... Read More
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Innocent Chukwuma, CLEEN Foundation on MacArthur Award

The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recognizes a group of small non-profits each year with up to $500,000. The Award expands on the Foundation's tradition of encouraging individual creativity and building effective ...

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