Women’s Participation in MSME in Nigeria: Prospects, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations

In Nigeria, women’s labour participation has begun to pick up in recent years after many years of stagnation. However, women’s entry point into labour has been mainly through the informal sector or at the bottom pyramid of the formal labour market. Promoting women’s inclusion in the top echelon of the labour market remains a knotty […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 46)

The National Bureau of Statistics, in its latest National Multidimensional Poverty Index Report, shows that 62.9 percent of Nigerians are multi-dimensionally poor, which translates to 132.93 million Nigerians.3 The Multidimensional Poverty Index provides a multivariate form of poverty assessment based on fifteen indicators that describe deprivations across health, education, living standards, work, nutrition, and shocks. […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 48)

The World Bank, at the launch of November 2021 edition of Nigeria’s Development Update discussed the state of Nigeria’s economy and made several policy recommendations. One of the notable suggestions was that of fixing the exchange rate policies in the country. According to the report, the existence of parallel rates in the foreign exchange market […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 19)

The recent NBS survey found that 40.1% – 82.9 million – Nigerians are living in poverty with the national poverty line estimated at ₦137,430per year 1. As such, 4 out of 10 Nigerians spend less than ₦376 per day on both food and non-food basic needs. A further disaggregation shows that the population in rural […]


Some thoughts on new poverty numbers in Nigeria

With the recent release of the 2018/2019 Harmonized Nigeria Living Standard Survey (HNLS), the true scale and scope of poverty in Nigeria will become clearer. When the World Data Lab’s Poverty Clock in 2018 released its poverty estimate which put Nigerian as the country with most extremely poor people, the federal government through the ministry […]

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Explaining Sectoral and Spatial Variations in Growth Pro-poorness in Nigeria

The link between poverty reduction and growth has for some time been the focus of numerous empirical studies on growth. Recent studies show that the responsiveness of poverty to economic growth varies significantly both within and between countries and that growth alone is not sufficient for poverty reduction. For example, Klasen and Misselhorn (2008) found […]