• The Nigerian Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS). The APC and PDP debates on key issues ahead of the 2015 General Elections
  • Promoting Issue Based Politics and Violence free elections in Kaduna State
  • Group photograph of participants at the CDD, Trust Africa,Third World Network Round table on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa: Mending the Leakages
  • Director of CDD, Ms Idayat Hassan gives the opening remarks alongside,Tendai Murisa and Dr.Jibrin Ibrahim of CDD during the opening ceremony of the Round table
  • CDD's Shamsudeen Yusuf joins other protesters in the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign opposite the Old Parade Ground in Abuja
  • A cross section of protesters in front of the Federal Fire Service Headquaters during the march
  • A group photograph of participants at the International Interfaith Unconference on the Roots of Religious and Ethnic Intolerance organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja and the University of Arizona, USA
  • From right to right to left the Arizona State University team of Ms Hani Mohamed, Prof. Sani Umar and Prof. Mark Woodward during a session at the Uncoference on Religious and Ethnic Intolerance in Abuja
  • Dr.Jibrin Ibrahim of the Centre for Democracy and Development Abuja (CDD) and Dr.Cyril Obi of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) during a session at the planning meeting for a research on "Preventing Unconstitutional Change in Governance in West Africa: The Role of State and Non-State Actors." at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja
  • Director of CDD, Ms Idayat Hassan making a point during the Interfaith Unconference on " The Roots of Ethnic and Religious Intolerance organised by CDD and the Arizona State University
  • Invitation you to the fifth Annual Memorial Symposium in Honour of Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (1961-2009)” with the theme “Gender and Education” Date: Wednesday May 21st, 2014 Time: 9:00 am Venue: INEC Electoral Institute Abuja (Along airport after Bolingo Hotel ). Chair: Hajia Saudatu Mahdi
  • From left to right: Comrade Peter Ameh (Nat Sec IPAC), Dr. Tanko Yunusa (Nat. Chair IPAC),HRH Oba Oladejo rep of the Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Kayode Omisore during the Highlevel Stakeholders Meeting in Osun State
  • Ms Idayat Hassan (Dir. CDD) addressing participants during the Highlevel Stakeholders Meeting for Gubernatorial Candidates, Traditional Rulers and Religious leaders in the lead up to the Osun State Gubernatorial election, inset are Dr. Sadeeq Abba (UNDP) and Dr.Tanko Yunusa (Nat.Chair. IPAC)


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