Proudly, our first pilot site for our new approach, commenced in late 2016. Alongside our implementing partners we are working to help stabilize Adamawa State in North Eastern Nigeria. We are leveraging data to produce informed, targeted poverty eradication solutions that will build resiliency in the predominantly rural communities – disrupting and preventing Boko Haram from returning to the State.
The project not only demonstrates the viability of our targeted data solutions, but also validates the principles by which we will operate and share our data and analysis with non-profit partners, ultimately seeking to be completely open source with data manipulation available in real-time.
Our research indicates that the government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy.
Nigeria continues to experience long-standing ethnic and religious tensions, and recent presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence. Nigeria is at increased risk of terrorism and violent extremism due to instability in the region led primarily by the following factors: unemployment, food insecurity, education and medical weaknesses
While Boko Haram may soon suffer military defeat, but unless communities are rebuilt, de-radicalized, and stabilized, violent extremism will reemerge. The focus cannot only be on countering violent extremism, but also on preventing it from taking hold again through addressing its underlying causes. We seek to fill a necessary gap in transitional development between military intervention, humanitarian aid and sustainable development. If this transition fails to occur, poor, desperate, marginalized communities can fester and breed further radicalization and extremism.
In 2010, we created a partnership with the Guardian Newspaper to provide one full-page publishing prevention notices and reporting protocols centered around the Ebola outbreak sweeping the nation.
The epidemic was also increasingly concerning for the global financial markets, and as such Goldman Sachs, a leading investment bank with a history of philanthropy, understands the need to act now before destabilization across Africa and the rest of the world.
We partnered with Goldman Sachs, who partially funded the shipment of medical and infection control supplies to other partners in Nigeria to support humanitarian aid personnel working to combat the further spread of Ebola.
Crucial initiatives included training of local medical partners in infection control techniques, providing medical resources and the education of local communities in preventative measures. We aided efforts by providing partners with various barrier and protective materials, as well as cleaning supplies and hygiene items, necessary for combatting the further spread of the disease
In 2014 our CEO Mina Chang attended the Word Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, where she spoke of the need for inclusion of all aspects of Nigerian society along with the importance of Nigeria to the rest of the World economically.