Population: 166.6 million
Life expectancy: 52 (men) 53 (women)
Human Development Index: 152 / 187


Contact Details

Country Director: Lex Merlijn

1B Abeena Estate, Housing Estate Lane, P.O.Box 283, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

T: +234 8024139455

Despite being Africa’s largest oil-producing nation, more than half of Nigeria’s people remain in poverty. With a fractured history of ethnic and religious conflict, Nigerians face many hardships. Access to clean water and sanitation are one of the biggest challenges across the country. Around 100 million Nigerians (two-thirds of the population) have no access to improved sanitation and a large portion of the population practice open defecation, spreading preventable diseases and contributing to high infant mortality rates.

United Purpose has worked in Nigeria since 1999. We work to empower women and communities to voice their rights, promote good sanitation and hygiene practices to reduce water-borne diseases, and tackle environmental destruction in Nigeria’s depleting mangrove forests.