Integrated Policy

Institutionalizing Social Protection for Accelerated SDG Implementation in Nigeria

The programme brief description:

Through an approach that recognizes the right to social protection, the programme Institutionalizing Social Protection for Accelerated SDG Implementation in Nigeria, jointly implemented by the UN agencies, will support a Nigeria where everyone enjoys improved well-being thanks to sustainable, equitable and quality social protection benefits and services. This vision will be realized through ensuring that National and State Social Protection Policies are effectively implemented and adequately financed so the populations can actually enjoy their benefits and rights. Focus will be on consolidating and accelerating the institutionalization of Nigeria’s social protection system, particularly targeting the most vulnerable groups (women, girls, children, youth, people living with HIV and TB and people living with disability who have disproportionately limited access to social protection services compared to the general population. 


While strengthening the overall social protection system in Nigeria, the joint programme will specifically focus on Sokoto State to test and verify an approach which can then be rolled out to other states. This commitment will be further enhanced through state consultations in all six geopolitical zones. Through the set-up of the SDG accelerators, quick wins and best practices within the area of social protection can be identified and supported across the country. Additionally, the expansion of existing cash transfer programs promoting girls education will help to increase the proportion of children at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading and mathematics (SDG 4.1). Furthermore, the communal engagement of women and adolescent girls in social behavioral change communication activities will strengthen the efforts made in the reduction of infant and child mortality due to malnutrition (SDG 2.2). An improved participation in the decision making process by women and adolescent girls through their inclusion in the establishment of communal project management committees will create conditions that advance rather than undermine gender equality and women’s empowerment (SDG 5).

Target groups

Women, Children, Girls, Youth, Persons with disabilities, Older persons, Minorities, Migrants, Persons affected by HIV/AIDS, leprosy.


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,000,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office; National Cash Transfer Office; National Health Insurance Scheme; Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs; Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment; Sokoto State Government, Ministry of Education; Sokoto State Zakat Commission; Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs; State SDGs Office

January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 (30 months)

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