The Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) is a non-profit think tank that conducts independent, high quality applied research on economic policy issues in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. CSEA’s activities are largely financed by grants from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, under the TTI (Think Tank Initiative). The Initiative is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of independent policy research institutions in the developing world. It was launched in 2008  and  currently provides 43 think tanks in 20 countries with core, non-earmarked funding. CSEA is presently a beneficiary of the Phase 2 of the TTI Institutional Grant of CAD 702,682 for the period: 2014-2019. The Centre also benefits from Research grants/Project funding from other Institutions.   

CSEA Projects Update (October 2015-September 2016)


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January, 2016

Component 1: Financing Basic Education in Nigeria: What are the Feasible Options?

Component 2: Improving Educational Outcomes in Nigeria: Effectiveness, Accountability, and Equity Issues

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and International commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

US$ 124, 965



February, 2016

Contract Farming in Nigeria’s Value Chain: exploring the experiences of Olam Nigeria

Michigan State University

US$ 20, 194


June, 2016

Efficiency of Food Reserves in Enhancing Food Security in Developing Countries: The Nigeria Case Study


DAI Europe Ltd / European Commission

EUR 10,800


August, 2016

Infrastructure financing in Nigeria: Engagement with MDBs and recommendations on how lending processes could be improved

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

R 65,000


August, 2016

Fiscal Data Updating

Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) – DFID

GBP 1,000 – first phase




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