How socially inclusive is urban development in Nigeria? Whither health, food and nutrition – A webinar organised by the HPRG Team on 28/7/2020

Owing to the rapid urban population increase in Nigeria, demands are becoming high on limited resources in urban centres like health, food and nutrition. More than 50% of Nigeria’s population reside in urban centres, with the projection to soar above 80% by 2050. There is the need to provide for the fast-rising urban population, especially where some citizens are already facing exclusion. Policies and programmes can help address this challenge. A first step to doing this is understanding these policies and programmes, considering their aims, formulation, implementation, efficacy, and the evidence that inform them. The Health Policy Research Group, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with partners from the University of Leeds and Hanoi University of Public Health have achieved the first shot of undertaking policy analysis and systematic literature review. In the webinar presentation, attended by over 100 participants across the globe, we discussed extensively the findings from the policy analysis. You can download the presentation below.

We have listed 8 key messages from the webinar:

  1. It is instructive to drive policies with evidence from formulation to implementation while creating avenues for feedback.
  2. Policies should be driven from the bottom to the top for inclusion reasons
  3. Capacities of policymakers should be built in areas of evidence, resourcefulness and diligent outcomes
  4. The urban development agenda should be backed by a legal framework to prevent undue political interference and the Sustainable Cities Agenda can provide a framework
  5. The nexus between policymakers and academia should be strengthened
  6. Rural development agenda should not be neglected. It will help control migration to urban centres
  7. The need for emergency preparedness e.g. COVID-19 must be captured across policies
  8. Urban population is growing speedily, forcing competing demands on lean resources in Nigeria. However, it is a challenge to surmount, and not a problem to fear.

We hope to share findings from the systematic review with you when ready. However, to keep conversations going, kindly see the project website https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/directory_record/1290/sinc-urban

Please, you can download and read the policy brief, which is a summary of what we have found and what we love to see in the area of urban development, with regards to health and nutrition.

The email addresses of the presenters are available for further interactions:

  1. Prof. Tolib Mirzoev – T.Mirzoev@leeds.ac.uk
  2. Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe – obinna.onwujekwe@unn.edu.ng
  3. Prof. Benjamin Uzochukwu – bscuzochukwu@gmail.com
  4. Dr. Chinyere Mbachu – chinyere23ng@gmail.com
  5. Dr. Edozie Ajaero – chukwuedozie.ajaero@unn.edu.ng
  6. Tochukwu Orjiakor – tochukwu.orjiakor@unn.edu.ng
  7. Juliana Onuh – juliana.onuh@unn.edu.ng
  8. Aloysius Odii – aloysius.odii@unn.edu.ng    
  9. Felix Obi – fobi@r4d.org

Cross-section of participants during the webinar

Watch the webinar https://zoom.us/rec/play/ucd8cL_6-zo3G9CcuASDAqB8W466Kv6sgyEZ_fVexEqxUCZQYFKnZOERYevobcJ900dLaOk9g4OcYLMv?autoplay=true&startTime=1595932723000

Compiled by the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG), University of Nigeria

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