Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EVENT

On August 3, 2017, FHI 360’s Nigeria staff hosted an event, “Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times". This event explored the challenges and successes in development and humanitarian program designs and implementation in Nigeria and how stakeholders could collectively support the country on its path to greater resilience. Participants were practitioners and donors who are leading global and national efforts in effective development programs and policies.

The aim of the event was to connect people of varied perspectives who have a stake in addressing the problems Nigeria is facing. Stories of resilient Nigerians were featured, bringing in the perspectives of those who are living with difficult circumstances yet finding ways to persevere. Their strength and progress inspired the development community to persist in its efforts to overcome barriers and continue its people-centric development and humanitarian efforts.

The theme of the event was resiliency. What does resiliency mean to you? Strength. Fortitude. Tolerance. Survival. Perseverance. Development. Endurance. Recovery. Hope. Grit.

Dr. Robert Chiegil, Country Director, FHI 360 Nigeria gives a welcome address to the audience
Stephen Haykin, Mission Director, USAID Nigeria gives his remarks
Representative of the Honorable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunsho Adewole
Deborah Kennedy-Iraheta, FHI 360's COO addresses the audience at the event

Dr. Olatunbosun Alakija Ayoade, the Chief Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, was the keynote speaker.


Resilience can be defined in various terms for different individuals. To some it may mean strength, to others it is acceptance. Every person, no matter the background, has a story to tell, a story which defines their resilience. FHI 360 Nigeria organized a story competition to encourage people from different backgrounds within the communities we work in, to submit their personal stories of resilience. Three people emerged winners and they were sponsored to attend the event and share their stories with a wider audience.

Abigail Hassan, Gender Based Violence Protection Worker, Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria Project, Borno State
Hajia Fusam Baba, Counselor, Borno State
Dr. Okpomu-Opaleye Ebimere, Doctor-in-charge, Family Support Program Clinic, Bayelsa State
Dr. Ebi
The Resilient Nigeria story winners
Satish Raj Pandey, Chief of Party, SIDHAS (FHI 360) was one of the moderators of the Day In The Life panel
Olayinka Ogunnusi, Deputy Chief of Party, Management, SIDHAS (FHI 360) was one of the moderators of the Day In The Life panel

PANEL 2: Building Resilient Health Systems - Successes and Challenges

This panel focused on discussing health systems, and the various ways communities, government authorities and other stakeholders have faced and surmounted obstacles to the delivery of health services.

  • Han Kang, Director of HIV and TB, USAID Nigeria
  • Dr. Haruna Mshelia, Hon. Commissioner of Health, Borno State
  • Dr. Fatima Abubakar, Hon. Commissioner of Health, Adamawa State
  • Dr. Femi Oduneye, Regional Health Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo)
  • Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe, Professor of Health Economics & Policy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
  • Dr. Robert Chiegil, Country Director, FHI 360 Nigeria
  • Dr. Sani Aliyu, Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
  • Dr. Hadiza Khamofu, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical, SIDHAS (FHI 360)

Panel 3: Building Resilient Communities - The Role of Education

This panel focused on exploring the many ways education plays a role in building resilient communities around Nigeria.

  • Professor Halimatu S. Idris, Hon. Commissioner of Education, Katsina State
  • Alhaji Salisu Sadi, Lecturer, Master Trainer and former Deputy Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, Zamfara State
  • Anna Madziga, Save School Initiative Consultant, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Dr. Hussaini Abdu, Country Director, Plan International
  • Dr. Mukhtar Muhammed Lugga, Hon. Commissioner of Education, Zamfara State
  • Ayo Oladini, Project Director, Education Response Project (ECR), Creative Associates International.
  • Prof. Hauwa Biu, Sub-Committee Chairperson, Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI)
  • Nurudeen Lawal, Project Director, RANA (FHI 360 )
The Marketplace
SIDHAS booth
FHI 360 Crisis Response
GE Healthcare
Global Fund
Four Pillars Plus
Alive and Thrive

The red carpet

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