NEPAD Gender Programme works to unlock the untapped potential of African Women and the main areas of intervention are business skills development, Vocational training, 


Support to Women small medium enterprise (SMEs), women in cross-border trader and creation of business incubators, Gender mainstreaming in local Governance, prevention and rehabilitation of women victims of gender-based violence, agriculture, food security and nutrition, advocacy for women’s human right and gender justice, as well as information. This is done in line with AU policy on gender mainstreaming programmes.

‘DIASPORA’ is the term often used today to describe practically any population which has originated in a land other than which it currently resides, and whose social, economic and political networks cross the borders of nation-states or, indeed, span the globe.
Diaspora is a scattered population with a common origin in a smaller geographic area. It can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland.

Aims and Objectives

It promotes the development of women with equal rights and corresponding responsibilities.
- To promote civic, political, social and economic participation of women.
- To improve by 20% the choices and benefits of gainful employment for poor women.
- To reduce hunger and enhancing adequate food supply at family level in rural communities.
- To promote stability in various homes.
- To empower young women and girls with skills and information for initiating accessing sustaining enterprises.
- To advocate, solicit and liberate Nigerians in Diaspora who are illegally treated.
- To solidify mutual and bilateral relation between their resident countries.
- To intensify respect for cultural, religious and ethnical valves of both countries.
- To encourage Nigerians in Diaspora in cross-border investment.
- If so required, strategise to have correct and periodic databank for Nigerians in Diaspora for effective census and other National Planning related matters.

What is happening in the Programme?

NEPAD Nigeria has identified some areas of collaboration and partner with Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and other relevant MDAs, CBOs, NGOs on the areas of fish farming for women and youth, Rice and cassava milling cottage, Adult literacy programme, ICT and Vocational training, Empowerment of persons with physical-disability and grassroots mobilization and capacity enhancement of community women to participate in electoral process which is a continuous activity in any democratic set-up.
What Progress has been made so far? A courtesy visit of the Special Adviser to the President on NEPAD Nigeria was made to the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development on the 15th May, 2014 to reintroduce NEPAD to the Honourable Minister and by offering a platform for collaboration and partnership for socio-economic and political empowerment of our women and youth and thereby achieving the Transformation Agenda of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also, the integration of Africa.

The Gender and Diaspora Team

Special Adviser to the President on NEPAD (SAN), Programme Development and Implementation Department, other related MDAs, CBOs, FBO, NGOs, ECOWAS, MDGs and UNDP.