NDDF Imo State, Nigeria | October 19-20, 2016NDDF 2016 will tackle key questions in syndicate sessions, leveraging the tradition of a value-added space where interested and committed development actors - public, private sector, development practitioners, and international development actors alike - convene to take actions to promote growth while seizing the huge opportunity to influence the development agenda for the region. Niger Delta states are experiencing crisis – politically, economically, socially, and environmentally. The collapse of global oil prices has taken its toll the hardest on the nine states of the Niger Delta, resulting in the re-emergence of violence by new militancy groups. Despite numerous efforts by both independent organizations and the Federal Government in convening key stakeholders in the region to collectively explore the imperatives of inclusive economic growth in an environment of dwindling oil prices, little headway has been achieved or documented on a firm way forward for the region.
Development is a complex and multi-disciplinary process, and perhaps the first step in articulating a way forward for the region is in re-imagining a possible future, beginning with changing the narrative of the Niger Delta.
Participation in the Forum is by invitation-only.
NDDF Asaba, Nigeria | November 17-18, 2015The 2015 Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in Nigeria takes place at a watershed moment in the Niger Delta region. With the recent elections in Nigeria, there are shifts in leadership at many levels, including in at least five of the nine Niger Delta states. This offers a unique opportunity for this year’s Forum to frame and influence the discourse, priorities and flagship initiatives in the region for the next four years – building a synergy of effort around government and private sector investments as well as citizens priorities as we collectively move to explore the imperatives of inclusive economic growth and economic diversification in the Niger Delta. By gathering key decision makers from the public and private sphere, as well participants across infrastructure planning, finance and development, this NDDF aims to reach balanced and practical insights into the opportunities and solutions.
NDDF Washington, DC | October 28, 2015Our second annual forum in Washington, DC focused on opportunities for infrastructure investment in the Niger Delta, especially in the wake of newly elected Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to make capital investment a national government budget priority. Discussion topics included the Niger Delta region’s business enabling environment including the power sector, transportation, roads and land development. This year’s invitation-only event will feature issue roundtables and participation interaction.