Nigerian Youth Demand Livelihood-Relevant, Aspiration-Focused Government Policies

A cross section of young Nigerian men and women have demanded government policies that are relevant to their livelihoods, focus on their life aspirations, and protect them from perennial unemployment. The youth, drawn from civic societies, non-governmental organisations, academia and youth advocacy groups, made these demands at an inception workshop recently organised by PASGR, Mastercard and a team of researchers from University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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PASGR, Mastercard Foundation Collaboration: Giving Voices to Youths’ Aspirations, Resilience in Africa through the Stakeholder Approach

When Bagele Chilisa, a Botswanan post-colonial scholar and research methodologies academic wrote about epistemological diversity- plurality of ways of knowing outside the models of the White men-, little did we know that a day is coming when a need would arise for us to reflect on what Bagele had called for in her book: “Indigenous Research Methodologies”! Little did we know that a team of inter-disciplinary researchers in Nigeria would go the line of what Chilisa called for- epistemological diversity- so soon. This team chooses to hear from the horses’ mouths of young Nigerian men and women, and represent their aspirations in these youth’s voices, as the youth become both actors and co-producers of knowledge while their voices echo farther and deeper. Without the collaborative efforts of PASGR, Mastercard Foundation and a team of researchers from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, this epistemological innovation is a mirage.

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Youth Resilience and Aspirations: PASGR, Mastercard Activate Research Policy Project in Nigeria

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), together with Mastercard Foundation, has formally activated a research policy project targeted at aspirations and resilience of young Nigerians as it affects their livelihoods and employment opportunities prior to, during and after Covid-19 pandemic. The formal activation, which was tagged “Nigeria Utafiti Sera Inception Convening”, held in Ibadan, Nigeria with stakeholders drawn from government representatives, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, civic society groups, development agencies, academia, among others.

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Attaining a Degree in Nigeria is not as bad as people think –Hammed Kayode Alabi

Hameed Kayode Alabi is a Nigeria Social Impact Prodigy. He is a Social Entrepreneur, Author, SDGs Youth Champion, as well as Education and Youth Activist. He recently concluded his Master’s Degree programme in Africa and International Development at the University of Edinburgh on a fully paid Mastercard Foundation Scholarship. Talking about his experience as a student, he reflected that tertiary education in Nigeria is not as bad as it is claimed.

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