Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria | November 17-18, 2015

The 2015 Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in Nigeria is a watershed moment in the Niger Delta. 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 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 insight into the opportunities and solutions.

NDDF Asaba will seek to leverage 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. It will also seek to build on earlier Forums in 2015 - London, UK (June) and Washington, DC (October) - to connect interested international investors and development actors with the opportunities and networks on the ground in the Niger Delta to work around specific initiatives.

Conducted over two days, the Forum will aim to provide a space to open up the issues around inclusive economic growth using focused leading presentation papers on the 4 topic areas that will open up the space to have in-depth discussions in breakout sessions, with the aim to have tangible policy recommendations and action-steps at the end of the two-days. The topics for discussion at the Forum are:

  • Funding and investment opportunities for economic infrastructure and diversification
  • Skills development for women and youth as a priority for the region in the next four years
  • Strengthening agricultural/market value chains
  • Governance and accountability

NDDF Asaba 2015 Objectives

  • Increase level of awareness and shared understanding among stakeholders of systemic constraints and enables that that shape delivery of non-oil and pro-poor initiatives for inclusive economic growth in the Niger Delta region
  • Increase opportunities for advancing inclusive economic growth and development in the Niger Delta region through evidence based policy influence at the state level
  • Facilitate commitment of key actors (i.e. government, private sector, civil society, donor community) through dialogue, collaboration with diverse stakeholders and ongoing engagement activities with DEMAND Alliance partners for more inclusive pro-poor development initiatives in the Niger Delta
  • Support achievement of the objectives of the overall global NDDF platform and the ongoing global and local economic growth initiatives by promoting multi-sector partnerships for development and investment in the Niger Delta region, focusing on creation of national and regional platforms for reflection among development actors and interested stakeholders.