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.