Background on the Nigerian Nonprofit Sector

Background on the Nigerian Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofits form a vital part of the civil society sector in Nigeria, with their work reaching millions in different communities and touching every facet of the Nigerian society. Nigerian nonprofits have a strong history of helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. Since the 1930’s nonprofits in Nigeria have been providing services to the underserved and are mainly religious and social clubs providing support, majorly in the areas of education and health.

The nonprofit sector in Nigeria today is heterogenous covering activities and services including education, health, economic and community development, youth and youth development, poverty, gender, research and development, peace and conflict resolution, democracy and good governance, water and sanitation, disability, trade, ICTs, reforms, microfinance and communications or development.


Owing to lack of data and diversity, it is very hard to have accurate information on the activities and contributions of the nonprofit sector in Nigeria. In this document the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is using the data it holds about its membership to help increase and improve understanding of the third sector space in Nigeria.

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