• Mr. Pierre Leu, Head Commune des Services, Neuchatel, Switzerland speaking about the Practise of Federalism in Switzerland during the The 5th edition of the Abuja Forum on Domestic and International Affairs (AFORDIA) organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, Development Dynamics and the Switzerland Embassy in Abuja
  • Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu addresses participants on the practise of Federalism in Nigeria alongside is Mr. Pierre Leu Head of Commune des Services Neuchatel, Switzerland during the The 5th edition of the Abuja Forum on Domestic and International Affairs (AFORDIA)
  • 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)


The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. 

The purpose was to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratisation and development processes in West Africa.

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Civil Society Statement on the Current Ebola Crisis in West Africa:

A Call for Appointment of ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola:

September 1, 2014 – Dakar, Senegal

In light of the current epidemic of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, we the undersigned civil society organizations call on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional as ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola.

The current epidemic, which has been characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the deadliest Ebola outbreak since this virus was discovered in 1976, has claimed the lives of at least 1,552 people in West Africa including many health personnel. We applaud and support the brave work of the health personnel who continue to put their lives at risk in the care of victims of Ebola despite very difficult working environment. We stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, families, and communities who are battling for their lives and struggling to care for loved ones.

Déclaration de la société civile sur la crise actuelle d’Ébola en Afrique de l'Ouest

Appel pour la nomination d’un Envoyé spécial de la CEDEAO pour la lutte contre Ébola

 1 Septembre 2014 – Dakar, Sénégal

 Au vu de l'épidémie actuelle de la Maladie à Virus Ébola (EVD) en Afrique de l'Ouest, nous, les organisations de la société civile, signataires de la présente déclaration, en appelons aux Etats membres de la CEDEAO de nommer un Envoyé Spécial de la CEDEAO pour la lutte contre le virus Ébola. Cette personnalité serait un médecin ou un professionnel de la santé, ouest-africain influent, au leadership et à la compétence avérés.

L'épidémie actuelle, caractérisée par l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) comme la plus meurtrière depuis que ce virus a été découvert en 1976, a déjà coûté la vie à au moins 1.552 personnes en Afrique de l'Ouest, y compris de nombreux professionnels de la santé. Nous saluons et soutenons le travail courageux des professionnels de la santé qui continuent de risquer leur vie pour la prise en charge des victimes d'Ébola en dépit d'un environnement de travail très difficile. Nous sommes de tout cœur avec nos frères, sœurs, les familles et les communautés qui luttent pour leur vie et pour prendre soin de leurs proches.

African States: Reject Immunity for Leaders:: 141 Groups in 40 Countries Speak Out

Johannesburg, August 25, 2014) – African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, 141 organizations said today in a declaration in advance of an African Union meeting in Nairobi. The organizations include both African groups and international groups and have a presence in 40 African countries.

The African Union (AU) Office of the Legal Counsel is convening a

Centre for Democracy and Development’s Preliminary Report on Osun Gubernatorial Election


Released 4:30pm, August 9, 2014

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD cddwestafrica.org) duly accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the Osun State Governorship Election on August 9th, 2014, observed the election in 20 local governments in the state.

Press Release: The need for caution in the militarisation of Osun State during the 2014 Gubernatorial Election

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has been monitoring events leading to the Governorship Election on August 9 in Osun State. CDD recently released a Briefing Note on recent developments in Osun State. As the election approaches, CDD believes there are issues that should be resolved immediately to ensure a level playing ground for all political parties, gubernatorial candidates and citizens of Osun State.

CDD recalls that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan while attending the PDP

NCICC PRESS RELEASE: Enhance the Committee on Victims Support Fund (CVSF) through passage of the “Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill, 2012”

1 AUGUST 2014

The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) Calls on the National Assembly to Immediately Pass into Law the “Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill, 2012” to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in supporting victims of international crimes in Nigeria.

Press Release: Political Parties Commit to Peace in the Osun Gubernatorial Election

The Centre of Democracy and Development (CDD)  with the support of the United Nations Development Programme/Democratic Governance for Development (UNDP/DGD) on July 31 2014 convened a high-level stakeholders meeting involving political parties, governorship candidates, traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, the media and other stakeholders ahead of the scheduled August 9th2014 Governorship election in Osogbo, Osun State. The meeting was organized

Osun Gubernatorial Election: Matters Arising

1.Background and Political Context  

Osun State was created on 27th August, 1991, by the military regime of General
Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. It is located in the South Western region of Nigeria,
has a population of 3,416,959 according to 2006 Census and occupies a land mass
of 9,251 square kilometres. The State has witnessed three elections due to

CDD Rountable on the Nigerian Predicament


The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in collaboration with Program of African Studies, Northwest University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America invites you a roundtable scheduled to hold as follows:

Topic: "Pathways from the Nigerian Predicament"

Date: Tuesday 8th July 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Venue: Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Conference Room

16, A7 Street, Mount Pleasant Estate (CITEC), Jabi-Airport Road,

Mbora District, Abuja, FCT

Speaker: Professor Richard A. Joseph Richard Director, Program of African Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Communique on Bill for an Act to Regulate the Acceptance and Utilisation of Finance/Material Contributions of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organisations and for Matters Connected Therewith



The House of Representatives has scheduled a Public Hearing on Wednesday 2nd July, 2014 on a Bill for an Act to Regulate the Acceptance and Utilization of Finance/Material Contributions of Donor Agencies to Voluntary Organizations and for Matters Related Connected therewith.