Country infoNigeria

Population: 168.8 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 1,430/year (2012)
Poverty rate *: 46% (2010)
Literacy rate: 61% (2010)
Human Development Index: Index: 153th out of 187 countries (2012)


Nigeria is the largest country in Africa with a population of 168 million, accounting for 47% of the West African population. Despite the country's strong economic track record, poverty remains significant and Nigeria is on track to miss most of the Millennium Development goals (MDGs), despite some successful human development initiatives. Youth literacy rates improved from 64% to 80% between 2000 and 2008, though the rate appears to have reached a plateau since then. Nearly 9 out of 10 children are enrolled in primary school, as a result of a major drive to achieve universal primary school enrolment. However, there are significant regional differences and poor completion rates reflect a need to raise teaching standards.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Archived project
Support to young AIDS victims
Gede Foundation


The project aimed to provide 105 children (orphans, victims of AIDS and other diseases) with a secondary school education and 300 children, who were heads of family, with vocational training.

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Archived project
Education for AIDS orphans
Gede Foundation


The project goal was to reduce the vulnerability of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children through schooling and vocational training in seven communities in Nigeria for a one year period. 

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