West Africa

Over the past two decades, West Africa has experienced rapid democratization and significant economic progress. Yet it remains among the world’s poorest regions. While rich in natural resources, the vast abundance of the region has not been used to benefit all its people. Poor and rural communities shoulder most of the costs of natural resources extraction (financial and otherwise), but get few benefits in return.

For women, these challenges are compounded by cultural norms, laws, and high rates of violence that inhibit economic opportunity and limit participation. Though they make up about half of West Africa’s population, women are significantly underrepresented in elected positions, and their voices are often missing in decision-making.

We believe there has never been a better or more important time to put women and girls at the center of efforts to address inequality in West Africa.

Our programs

Grant makers in West Africa

Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
Lagos, Nigeria
Director, West Africa
Lagos, Nigeria
Program Officer, Natural Resources and Climate Change
Lagos, Nigeria
Senior Program Officer, West Africa
Lagos, Nigeria
Program Associate, West Africa
Lagos, Nigeria
map West Africa
Ford Foundation
PO Box 2368 Marina
Lagos, Nigeria