Call for Research Consultants: British Council Nigeria Next Generation Global Research Programme 2019

Application deadline: August 17th, 2019

Next Generation Nigeria Open Call

Next Generation is a global research programme initiated in countries that are experiencing a period of significant change, with the purpose of ensuring that young people’s voices are heard and their interests properly represented in decisions that will have lasting implications for their lives. The stated aims of the programme are to:

1.Understand youth attitudes and aspirations

2.Amplify youth voice

3.Support better youth policy-making

This research has been conducted in countries including Pakistan, Kenya, the UK, Colombia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Myanmar; there is currently work underway in Ethiopia and Lebanon. The study seeks to analyse the conditions that support young people and allow them to reach their potential as fulfilled, productive and active citizens. The research is always completed with a series of recommendations based on supporting policy change.

We look to see how one or more significant changes or periods of activity – particularly when a number of events or circumstances come together – affects young people’s view apply visit the official homepage:of themselves and their place in the world. As examples: the UK research was sparked by the referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union; in South Africa, by the sense that the ‘born free’ (post-apartheid) generation are coming of age and are dissatisfied with the post-apartheid social contract; and in Colombia, by a young generation coming to terms with the new peace settlement.

Nigeria attains 60 years of independence in 2020. The time since independence has been a period of rapid change, with the population having grown from just over 45 million in 1960 to just under 200 million in 2019. It is projected to grow to over 400 million in 2050, which would make Nigeria the third most populous country in the world. There has been mass urbanisation, with the city-based population now at 49.5%.

About 20% of the population is aged 18 to 30, but around 70% is aged under 35. This youth population is dealing with a rapid change in the economy, which has become largely centred on oil and gas. Life expectancy has increased, as has GNP, but there remains a large amount of inequality, with Nigeria having the highest population of poor people in the world, and youth unemployment in some states at 25%.

Where does this change and current state of affairs leave Nigeria’s youth? How is it impacting their lives now, and how they imagine their futures? How do they perceive their identity in terms of local, national and international connections? What are their aspirations in education, employment and culture? And what are their concerns?

Are the current opportunities for young people meeting the expectations they have for their own lives and for their society? How do they navigate their lives, their interactions with their peers, their elders and with the wider world? And given what they have to offer, what are the conditions needed to help them realise their goals?

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