Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan
SDSN Nigeria is a consortium of Nigerian universities and other academic tertiary institutions. The network’s vision is to be the vanguard of the national sustainable development efforts and the custodian of science, knowledge, and innovation for the 2030 Agenda.
Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS)
Every August, SDSN Nigeria co-organizes the Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS), the premier academic forum on sustainable development in Nigeria. The summit has recorded remarkable milestones, including the domestication of the SDGs in the Nigerian national context, the development of six local Solutions Initiatives, and the creation of strategic partnerships with members of business, civil society, non-profit organisations, religious bodies, and government departments. Nearly 500 participants from academia, government, civil society, and business from all over Nigeria and the continent come together annually to share their expertise.
Capacity Building in Academia
The network has launched a capacity-building series for academics. The purpose is to teach skills for successful grant proposal writing and to share information on funding opportunities for SDG-related research. Three workshops have been held: two in Abuja, and one at the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Due to the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining trainings were planned remotely as webinars. The first webinar was held in May on the topic of “Effects of Covid-19 on the attainment of the SDGs in Nigeria.” The second was held in June on “Pathways for Achieving the SDGs in Nigeria despite the odds.”
The Nigerian network has strengthened partnership with strategic stakeholders within and outside the country in a bid to achieve the SDGs. For instance, the network entered into a partnership with the Leadership of the Nigerian Academy of Science, the foremost independent scientific body in the country, and another partnership is being established with the Nigerian Academy of Letters, the humanities counterpart. The network has also expressed commitment to partner with the Private Sector led Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID).
Together with the SDSN Thematic Networks on Extractives and Land Resources and on Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems, a joint proposal was developed and submitted on “Promoting Biological disease control methods in staple crops grown in Nigeria.” The objective is to develop bio-based, eco-friendly, biodegradable plant derived pesticides or microbial pesticides in order to control fungal pathogens in the production of staple crops grown in Nigeria.
Following the webinars, the network will compose and share a Policy Brief with policy makers at the three tiers (local, state and federal) and three arms (executive, legislative and judiciary) of government, as well as with other SDGs stakeholders.