Nigeria

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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"Nigeria, Democratic Progress, and the Moral Authority to Lead in Africa and Beyond," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, University of Ibadan Convocation Lecture

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses Nigerian higher education, human rights, and international justice in a speech to students at the University. Read More

The MacArthur Foundation in Nigeria: Report on Activities

 In 1999, after decades of colonial and military rule, Nigeria began a transition to democracy. Government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals are now working together to ensure the growth of a free and fair Nigeria. The MacArthur ... Read More

"International Responsibility to Protect Darfurians," Remarks by Kole Shettima, National War College, Nigeria

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima discusses the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the principles of Responsibility to Protect. Read More

MacArthur Awards $800,000 to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in Nigeria

MacArthur announced two grants totaling $800,000 in support of efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria. Read More

Commentary by Kole Shettima on International Safe Motherhood Day

On May 8, International Safe Motherhood Day, MacArthur's Africa Office Director Kole Shettima calls attention to the preventable deaths of mothers. Read More

Bayero a Leader in Nigerian Universities

Over the last 6 years, MacArthur has invested $5.5 million in Bayero University Kano.  That investment recently paid off when Bayero placed at the top of universities for the percentage of its courses accredited by ... Read More

Seven Nations, Six Foundations, One Mission: Africa's Future

On September 16, about 200 people with an interest in the future of Africa gathered in New York for the announcement of the second phase of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. MacArthur, Ford, Rockefeller ... Read More

Remarks by Kole Shettima at the Distinguished Lecture of the University of Benin

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima discusses challenges like funding gaps facing the country's universities and how to overcome them. Read More

Assessment of MacArthur Foundation Support to Nigerian Universities

In 2001, the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation approved multi-year grants of between $2 and $3 million to each of four Nigerian universities: Read More

International Justice: An Emerging Global System

President's Message The daily headlines tell stories of suffering and human rights abuse from Sudan and the Congo in Africa, to Nepal and Uzbekistan in Asia, to Iraq and Egypt in the Middle East. In ... Read More