The Africa Programme carries out policy-focused research and analysis on a range of themes relating to Nigeria's complex politics and interconnected challenges, to inform decision-making on what is among the most strategically important countries in Africa. 

Research on Nigeria and its regional and international relations has been central to the work of the Africa Programme since its inception. Over the years the Programme has built up a body of work and network of expertise, making it a unique centre for world-leading, independent policy research on Nigeria. 

The Africa Programme devotes significant resources to its research on Nigeria, and in recent years has hosted such figures as then-presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 2008, as well as a range of government, opposition and civil society speakers.

More recently, the Africa Programme has developed deeper expertise on areas such as unrecorded trade flows, and in 2017, begun its work on social norms research with the publication of a ground-breaking report on the social norms of corruption in Nigeria.

In 2017, the Programme initiated its ‘Next Generation Nigeria’ series of events, which seeks to open up the debate around restructuring. The first event saw HE Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, outlined key points in the debate.

The Africa Programme is uniquely placed to offer a neutral forum for debate and discussion on this complex country to a diverse network of decision-makers.

The programme also provides administrative and research support to the British All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria.

  • Understanding power and leadership dynamics in northern Nigeria
  • Demographics, youth and electoral participation
  • Economic growth, oil and diversification
  • Security and humanitarian challenges in Nigeria
  • Trade and regional dynamics
  • Corruption, behaviour and organized crime 
  • Understanding prospects for reform and improved governance

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