Thematic Areas

Healthcare Sector

Nigeria’s health care system has for decades been battling with a series of challenges that has undermined the provision of basic health care. Most public services are well short of minimum standards, and yet are still unaffordable for the majority of Nigerians. Attacks by the insurgent group Boko Haram on healthcare facilities in the northeast have worsened an already difficult situation. Access to healthcare must be universal as a public good. GRA partners with the government, health-related CSO’s, NGOs and INGOs working in the northeast to ensure access to quality health services for all – but with a special effort to reach the most vulnerable, including women, girls, children and people with disabilities. GRA is currently carrying out a mapping exercise of all health facilities that have been attacked by Boko Haram so far. We are also tracking the number of doctors and health workers who have been killed or abducted since the start of the crisis in 2009.

Human Rights

Human rights activism is at the core of GRA’s work. Our goal is to ensure an enabling environment for the enjoyment of equal rights for all, and by working to make sure that the downtrodden and oppressed have equal access to justice. GRA has a strong and professional team, with substantial experience in carrying out policy research, evaluation assessments and advocacy. We work with policymakers to ensure that policies formulated are a true reflection, and in the best interests, of all citizens. GRA is presently working on the rights of persons with disabilities, and is also training networks of human rights defenders, whistleblowers and community mobilizers across the northeast. We are also collaborating with other civil society groups and INGOs to assess the humanitarian impact of the conflict on civilians across the Lake Chad region.

Education Sector

Education has been gravely affected by the insurgency in the northeast, with attacks on students, abductions and the closure of schools. GRA believes that every individual must have equal access to quality education, to enable them to develop their full potential. GRA is collaborating with government agencies, CSOs and NGOs on an education needs assessment in the northeast, building on its long-running documentation work on the impact of the crisis on schools, students and communities.

Governance & Democracy

Democracy is meant to be a government by the people for the people, which implies citizens active and direct participation in governance. GRA, as a grassroots organization, is concerned with assessing the participation levels and inclusiveness of citizens, as well as the developmental outcomes emanating from their democratic involvement. Through in-depth research and the publication of policy briefs advocating the rights of the marginalized, GRA will engage with stakeholders and policymakers to uphold inclusiveness and transparency.

Agriculture & Food Security

The insurgency in the northeast has had a catastrophic effect on food security in core-North-eastern states – potentially triggering pockets of famine in recent years. The conflict has driven farmers from their land and disrupted rural markets. GRA researches on the agricultural landscape in the North-East, majorly identifying the effects of growth and productivity in the agricultural sector, most of which affect farmers. This is with the aim of identifying positive policies, agents of change and reform to boost agricultural practices and ensure healthy and safe cultivation of food at State and Federal levels; as well as promising private sector investments that illustrate the possibilities of growth and development.