List of NGOs in Nigeria and their activities: Be in the know

List of NGOs in Nigeria and their activities: Be in the know

These days, various NGOs have been growing in popularity in Nigeria. More and more people are interested in their activities and ideas. Here is a list of NGOs in Nigeria. Find out what they do.

NGOs in Nigeria
A group of people receiving boxes with items. Photo:, @Lagos Food Bank Initiative
Source: UGC

NGOs' main goal is to improve people's lives by providing different services free of charge. Such services might include humanitarian aid, healthcare, legal support, human rights activism, and informative events.

List of NGOs in Nigeria and their activities

There are a lot of international NGOs in Nigeria, many of which belong to a larger group called the Nigeria Network of NGOs. These NGOs are divided into various areas. These types of NGOs in Nigeria are:

Youth development

NGOs that work in this area concern themselves with issues of young people. Most of the time, these NGOs are created by the youths and for the youths.

Examples of youth development organisations are Care For Youth Future Initiative, Centre for Youth Development and Dove Generation International Youths Organisation.

Read also

Egypt's educational visa for international students gives right of residency to Nigerians, others

Democracy and good governance

This area covers legal issues around democracy in Nigeria. This also includes corruption, public finance, law and other things.

Examples include Forum on Governance and Democratization, International Press Center Media for Democracy or Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND Nigeria).


NGOs from this area focus their attention on environmental policies, climate change, natural resources, etc. Among them are the EarthRights Environmental Network Initiative, Environment and Tourism Support Initiative, Environment Rights Mandate and many others.


NGOs that belong to the health network work to provide everyone with accessible health care. Some such NGOs are Amukoko Community Partners for Health, Association for Adolescent Reproductive Health and Action or Child Health Organization.


While this area could be classified under health, the Nigeria Network of NGOs prefers to separate it. NGOs in this field provide health and moral support to people with HIV/AIDS and provide everyone with information on how to avoid contracting the virus. Such NGOs are the HIV Support Group, HIV/AIDS Concern Group, and AIDS Must Go Group.

Read also

“Apply now”: Access Bank announces new job vacancies for fresh graduates, releases application details


These NGOs try to improve the quality of education in Nigerian educational institutions. Such NGOs include Generation 2 Educational and Childcare Support Programme, Girls Education Mission International and Gladstar Gifted and Talented Educational Centre.

Research and policy

This area revolves around research on policies and economic development that can help improve every Nigerian citizen's financial and political situation. Some of these NGOs are Development Policy Centre, Empowerment & Action Research Centre or Emwai Centre for Political and Economic Research.


NGOs working in this sphere work towards eradicating poverty in Nigeria. Such NGOs include Lifeseed Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction, Help Eliminate Loneliness and Poverty and Make Poverty History, Nigeria.

Human rights

These NGOs provide information about human rights to the public and fight human rights violations in courts and on the streets. Examples include the Human Rights & Empowerment Project and Jeyam Women Trust.

Read also

Health Workers in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana to Get £15 million funding from UK


NGOs from this area can represent a certain religion, organised or not organised, or just unite people of different fates under one roof. Among them are Divine Inspiration or the Successgate Christian Foundation.


Organisations that work in the field of agriculture are concerned with agricultural development, including the implementation of new technologies. Examples of Nigerian NGOs in agriculture are the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and the Grassroot Agric Farm Union.

Other top NGOs in Nigeria

how many ngos are in nigeria
A woman receiving a carton of goods. Photo:, @Lagos Food Bank Initiative
Source: UGC

There are numerous NGOs in Nigeria. Here is a list of some of the NGOs in Nigeria.

  • The Havids Centre for Environment and Development
  • Children of Farmers Club (CFC)
  • Initiative for Community Development
  • Women of Vision Association
  • The Nigerian Foundation
  • Afro Centre for Development of Peace & Justice
  • Africa Initiative for Education and Economic Development
  • Global Women Empowerment Association (GLOWEM)
  • ICYE Nigeria
  • Initiative for Basic Rights of Nigeria Citizens (IBRONC)
  • Centre for Community Empowerment for Underprivileged
  • Voluntary Work Camps Association of Nigeria
  • Grace Center
  • Female Leadership Forum
  • BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights
  • Stelben Foundation on VVF/STIs
  • Pathfinder International
  • Torjir-Agber Foundation
  • Women Solace & Enablement Foundation
  • Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication
  • Women Environmental Programme (WEP)
  • Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC)
  • Research and Training for Real Empowerment
  • Aya International Development Indigenous Knowledge Initiative Nigeria
  • Challenged Children Foundation (3CF)
  • Old Age and Widows Relief Initiative
  • Rahi Medical Outreach
  • Centre for Peacebuilding and Socio-Economic Resources Development
  • Global Network for Peace and Anticorruption Initiative
  • Center for Care of Vulnerable and Development Initiatives
  • Centre for Organizational and Professional Ethics (COPEAFRICA)
  • Kanem Bornu Human Development Association (KABHUDA)
  • Vantaged Teems Center

Read also

Roche, Nigerian health care practitioners partner on diabetes care

What are the roles of NGOs in Nigeria?

who regulates ngos in nigeria
A group of people opening carton boxes. Photo:, @Lagos Food Bank Initiative
Source: UGC

NGOs in Nigeria play a crucial role in addressing various social, economic, and environmental issues. Here are some of the key roles of NGOs in Nigeria.

  • Frequently fight for policy changes and raise awareness about issues affecting Nigerian society.
  • Primarily assist in the building and operation of infrastructure.
  • Do research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge on contemporary concerns. They create research-based, innovative solutions to social challenges.
  • Provide critical services to communities, particularly in underserved or marginalised areas. These services include healthcare, education, clean water, sanitation, and vocational training.
  • Implement poverty alleviation programs that aim to improve the economic well-being of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.
  • Active in the healthcare sector, working to improve access to quality healthcare services, combat diseases, and promote public health awareness.
  • Work on peacebuilding initiatives, reconciliation, and conflict resolution programs in regions affected by conflict or violence.
  • Dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. They provide training, support, and advocacy for women's rights and economic empowerment.
  • Partner with communities to identify their needs and priorities and facilitate community-led development projects and initiatives.
  • In areas where the government cannot reach out to people, NGOs help disseminate information about government schemes, policies and programs.

Read also

Fact-check experts, Ogunbamowo and Ojo, speaks at and LEAP Africa's YDOS 2023 Media Literary Webinar

How do NGOs make money in Nigeria?

how many ngos are in nigeria
People receiving boxes. Photo:, @Lagos Food Bank Initiative
Source: UGC

NGOs often rely on donations and grants from individuals, philanthropic foundations, corporations, and international donor agencies. They can also partner with corporate entities that provide financial support in exchange for branding and visibility opportunities.

How many NGOs are in Nigeria?

According to AllAfrica, there are over 46,000 NGOs registered in Nigeria. These NGOs often collaborate with government agencies, international organisations, and local communities to create lasting positive change in Nigerian society.

Who regulates NGOs in Nigeria?

NGOs are registered under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). Some of the obligatory duties NGOs need to perform include:

  • File annual returns to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Must submit their annual reports to the National Planning Commission (NPC).
  • Meet requirements that include reporting obligations to CBN.

NGOs in Nigeria work towards solving various social, economic, and environmental issues. They serve as activists, facilitators, and service providers, trying to improve Nigerian society and citizens' well-being.

Read also

"Many live below $1.95 per day:" FG unveils plan to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty recently published a list of cash crops in Nigeria and where they are produced. Agriculture is one of Nigeria's most important economic industries. It employs more than 70% of the labour force.

Cash crops are crops farmed primarily for local and international markets. These crops include cassava, one of Nigeria's most important root crops. Its production brings a lot of income for Nigerian farmers and processors.


Adrianna Simwa avatar

Adrianna Simwa (Lifestyle writer) Adrianna Simwa is a content writer at where she has worked since mid-2022. She has written for many periodicals on a variety of subjects, including news, celebrities, and lifestyle, for more than three years. She has worked for The Hoth, The Standard Group and Triple P Media. Adrianna graduated from Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2020. In 2023, Simwa finished the AFP course on Digital Investigation Techniques. You can reach her through her email:

Online view pixel