Launch of the Nigerian Social Cohesion Survey Project

Watch clips from the launch of the Nigerian Social Cohesion Survey Project attended by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja. The project was funded by Ford Foundation and implemented by the African Polling Institute.

Olufunke Baruwa is a seasoned Nigerian gender and development expert, feminist and public speaker with a focus on gender advocacy, women’s rights, civil society strengthening, public policy and governance. For almost two decades, she has been at the forefront of social policies and reforms in Nigeria working with government, civil society, and international development partners. She is renowned for her advocacy on the inclusion of females in strategic political, social and economic positions in Nigeria.
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My journey so far...

From 2000 to 2015, Funke was a Program Officer at the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund and National Poverty Eradication Programme; Gender Advisor at the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (now SDGs); and as a Technical Assistant on Research, Policy & Planning in the Ministry of Communication and Digital Technology

In 2015, Funke was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund Nigerian Women Trust Fund – a technical and financial resource for women in politics and decision making in Nigeria where she set the strategic vision and mobilized resources. Prior to assuming the role of C.E.O of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund she served on the Board of Directors of the Fund from 2011-2015 and in 2018, she was appointed co-Chair of the Board of Directors.

Before joining Ford in 2020, Funke was the Project Management Specialist at USAID from 2018 to 2020. Funke is currently the Program Officer for the Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice (GREJ-I) at the Ford Foundation’s Office for West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria where she leads the Foundation’s commitment to supporting women’s rights to address violence against women and girls.


17 Women Changing the world

Meet One of Africa’s Gender and Development Practitioner


On Today’s episode, we have a special guest joining us in the conversation, Mrs. Funke Baruwa an unapologetic feminist will be sharing her wealth of experience with the ladies and with you, our audience.

This episode dissects various topics on sexual abuse, marriage, societal norms and many more.


Check out photos from my visit to the First Lady of Ekiti State in August. 

See photos from the launch of the Nigerian Social Cohesion Survey Project in Abuja.

Listen to the live recording via Zoom using the Passcode – 183001. My contributions from ’23:00

Watch Funke Baruwa discuss NGO sustainibility on Dev. Sector Series hosted by Efua Elens-Edeh on LinkedIn. Previously recorded live. 

Independence Day Dialogue with Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Senior Fellow CDD WestAfrica & Olufunke Baruwa, Program Officer @FordFoundation? 

#PowerNOW: A Conversation with Funke Baruwa, Esther Eghobamien-Mschelia, Aisha Yesufu & Harriet Thompson.

Nigeria will grow when we begin to prioritise women's issues & realise that we can't reach the finish line of development with men alone. We need men, women, boys & girls on board this train. We will only achieve sustainable growth & development when we play with our entire team!


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