Nigeria, Cooperation programme

Nigeria cooperation programme

Number: 162.1001

Our strategy of focusing activities in specific countries strengthens the individual projects and enhances their impact. Within Mission 21's cooperation programme, therefore, all the projects in Nigeria are geared to common objectives. Your donation to the cooperation programme will go to those projects in Nigeria where money is most urgently needed. This reduces over- or under-financing.

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Background Information

Since December 2016, the Boko Haram terrorist organisation has been forced to cede most of its control over territory in north-eastern Nigeria. Nevertheless, it still has the means at its disposal to perpetrate terrorist attacks, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the Lake Chad region, a total of some 17 million people are affected by the crisis. About 2.6 million people in the north-east have been forced to flee, 2,2 of them have still not been able to return. Approximately 8.5 million people are reliant on humanitarian aid.

The most severely affected region is the north-east of Nigeria, home to the Church of the Brethren, Nigeria (EYN), Mission 21's partner church. The EYN is taking on the task of supplying the needs of displaced people. In 2015, Mission 21 launched an emergency aid project aimed at improving living conditions for the people affected. In addition to emergency aid measures, Mission 21 joins with its partner church to pursue a long-term strategy in Nigeria: projects focusing on interfaith peace work, educational work, the advancement of women, income promotion and agricultural development are intended to bring about lasting changes to Nigerian society. Mission 21's activities aim to reduce poverty, marginalisation and inequality, which provide the breeding-ground for extremism.

Programme goals


•       People impacted by conflicts and humanitarian disasters are empowered to react effectively to crises and overcome them

•       Living conditions for people impacted by conflicts and crises are improved, and the basis for their lives is secured

•       Orphans and children at risk have access to basic education, and their personal development is promoted

•       The dialogue between Christians and Muslims, as well as joint activities, contribute to peaceful coexistence

•       People impacted by violence receive psychosocial support

•       Leading figures in society – such as pastors – become driving forces of reconciliation and social change

•       Women gain access to education so that they can strengthen their social and economic roles

•       The entrepreneurial skills of people threatened by poverty are strengthened, and they receive backing in the form of start-up financing

•       Society is educated about the containment of infectious diseases, and their social consequences – such as discrimination against people living with HIV – are reduced

•       Natural resources are used sustainably and efficiently

•       The partner organisations' expertise is strengthened, and the quality and results of the projects for which they are responsible are improved

On the spot


Dr. Yakubu Joseph has been working as the coordinator for Mission 21 in Nigeria since October 2015. He holds a doctorate of sociology and was a member of the academic staff at the Institute of Geography at the University of Tübingen. As well as providing support for the partner organisations, Yakubu Joseph is responsible for quality assurance at local level and he also advises partner organisations in Africa on aspects of peace promotion and security.