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UNDP Nigeria Accelerator Lab

We explore the issue of youth unemployment to gain insight on challenges young people face to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.



Nigeria is the most populous black nation in the world, made up of over 300 ethnic groups spanning across 36 states and the federal capital, Abuja. With the country’s dynamic multi-cultural and socio-economic makeup, it is important for the UNDP Nigeria Accelerator Lab to have a national approach in addressing unemployment among the country’s youth. Nigeria’s youth account for over half of the labor force, however 43 per cent of them are under or unemployed.

The Lab is currently exploring ways in which we can better connect young job seekers to providers. We are engaging diverse stakeholders including youth, public and private sector representatives, educational institutions, vocational training centers and innovation hubs through social media, direct interviews, collective intelligence sessions, surveys and sense-making workshops.

Our workshops have provided further insights from those directly affected within the different geopolitical zones in the country. We hope to continuously engage and share the knowledge with stakeholders, and further facilitate innovative grassroots solutions that tackle the issue of youth unemployment in the country.

Our team

Jamila Mohammed
Head of Experimentation

Lantana Elhassan
Head of Exploration

Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha
Head of Solutions Mapping

Our partners

We would like to thank our partners for their collaborative work with the UNDP Accelerator Labs. Building and strengthening alliances is the core of UNDP and the Accelerator Labs’ model. Please reach out if you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to hear from you. 

Visit the UNDP Nigeria website for more information.