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World Bank Social Protection Support in Nigeria: Field Practitioners and Academics Dialogue

January 18, 2018

Nicon Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria

The Social Protection Agenda in Nigeria is expanding, due to increasing concern of Government at Federal and State level to the pervasive poverty, inequality and joblessness of the poor in the country. The expansion of poverty reduction effort of government, and in particular the social protection interventions, requires collaborative action of all stakeholders in Nigeria. While the development partners are supporting governments in the policy formulation and implementation of various social protection programs and projects with active participation of the private sector, the involvement of the academic community is currently minimal. Evidence-based action are however a necessary element given the dynamic nature of the issue of poverty and inequality in Nigeria. Creating in-country partnership and capacity for intellectual support to policy, program and project implementation is also expedient and efficient.

Against this background, the World Bank in collaboration with the Governments of Nigeria (Federal and State) is organizing one-day Social Protection Practitioners and Academics Forum.

    • Social protection framework, Programmes and Projects in Nigeria: Overview and Updates.
    • Key social protection Issues in Nigeria:
      • Conditional versus Unconditional Cash transfer - implications for livelihood sustainability.
      • Community Driven Development and Inclusion of the Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria
      • Targeting the Poor and Vulnerable  – Social Registry and Register of Beneficiaries.
      • Benefit/Cost Assessment of Safety Net Programs
      • Gender and Vulnerable Group Consideration in Social Safety Net Programmes.
    • Feedback from academic community on SP: A panel discussion of how to strengthen community interaction on SP in Nigeria
  • 8:00 - Arrival and Registration

    9:00 - Opening Session – Welcome - FOCU

    • Remark – Country Director World Bank.
    • Opening Remark - Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection
    • Special Remark – Minister, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning. 
    • SP framework and Programs in Nigeria – World Bank. NASSCO, YESSO, NCTO and CSDP. 
    • General Discussion

    11:30 - Tea Break

    12:00 - Parallel Sessions

    • Targeting the Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria  – Social Registry and Register of Beneficiaries.
    • Community Driven Development and Inclusion of the Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria.
    • Benefit/Cost Assessment of Safety Net Programs in Nigeria.
    • Gender and Vulnerable Group Consideration in Social Safety Net Programmes in Nigeria

    14:30 - LUNCH

    15:30 - Plenary Session

    • Parallel Session Report-back.
    • Panel on Research-Practice linkage: Academics contribution to SP Agenda in Nigeria

    17:00 - Closing Session


  • Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • Venue: Nicon Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Objective: To strengthen the platform and enhance public knowledge for stimulating more evidence-based field activities on social protection in Nigeria.
  • Host: The World Bank Social Protection Unit in collaboration with Federal Operation Coordinating Unit and Federal Project Support Unit in the Presidency.
  • Participants: Selected and notable Academics - Sociologists and Economists, from the Teaching and Research Institutions of the 36 states and FCT, Project coordinators of Social Protection Agencies and offices at federal and state level and Development partners. About 150 participants are expected
  • Outcome: Knowledge on social protection programme in Nigeria deepened; and registry of SP practitioners and academia created.