What We Need

A call to action from the change makers leading new initiatives that reflect the needs of our communities.

5 goals for Lagosians before we turn 50

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub, turns 50 in 2017. To mark the state’s new age with a celebration, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has created a committee who are set to commemorate in a big way. Several projects are underway in the state as citizens prepare for next year and one of them is taking place across the city’s state schools. Polly Alakija, a Nigerian artist has been put in charge of the “One Lagos” project, which involves producing artwork for the city.

Nigeria’s past president wants to revolutionize the future of African farming

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (@OluObasanjo) is this year’s Africa Food Prize panel chairperson. In this video, he offers advice to young farmers looking to set out on a path of innovation and shares his thoughts on the importance of leadership in securing the change, and how he envisions the future of farming.

Video courtesy of Selase Kove-Seyram


Want to learn more about this year’s Africa Food Prize? Check out, Need to Know: 2016 AGRA Africa Food Prize as part of our series on innovations in African agriculture.

Dare to Innovate has a plan to end youth unemployment in West Africa

As founders of Dare to innovate, Meghan McCormick (@muhzle) and her team are out to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in Guinea. In a country where 3/4 of the population is under 35 years old and 70% of all Guineans under age 25 are unemployed, McCormick said she knew the trainings she was doing in Guinea as a Peace Corps economic development volunteer to help train young entrepreneurs wouldn’t be enough.

From referendum to renaissance, how Senegal plans to move forward

On the first sunny day in March, a rally was held at the obelisk in Dakar where more than 300 Senegalese Muslims were in attendance. They came together to drink café touba, laugh loudly, and hold signs illustrating their religious and political views. After the arrival of one of the high marabout, the crowd fell silent, listening intently to what the man would say about the future direction of their country.

Innovations in education help rebuild lives in Nigeria’s IDP communities

At the end of 2015, a report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center estimated more than 2.1 million people in Nigeria had been forced into internal displacement camps. Deadly attacks by Boko Haram and inter-communal clashes among displaced people are among the driving forces leading to increased displacement in northeastern Nigeria. The disruptions to families’ lives that follow from this violence, loss, and instability may also be the greatest attack on children’s right to quality education and the longterm future of these communities. But there are individuals working toward solutions to bring stability and hope to a generation of Nigerian youth.