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Spend More on Child Malnutrition, Nigerian Youth Urge FG, Donors

Young people in Nigeria have called on the Federal Government and international donors to prioritize spending on reducing child malnutrition.

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Youth Forum Nigeria

Three Post-2015 Consensus Youth Forum were held in Nigeria. Each forum was organized by Dynamics Impact and held at various universities across Nigeria. Together these forums engaged 154 students.

The first Forum in Nigeria was held at University of Ibadan in Ibadan with 51 young people participating, who after learning more about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda, chose the following as phenomenal targets for the United Nations to prioritize.

• Reduce child malnutrition
• Triple preschool in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Reduce corruption and bribery
• Electricity to everyone
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• Research to increase yields
• More energy research
• Reduce infant mortality
• Better access to water for 2.3 Bn. people
• Reduce assaults
• 100% primary education in sub-Saharan Africa 
• Double renewable energy
• Cut TB deaths 95%
• Enhance female education
• More health spending for the 1 Bn. poorest 
• Provide basic sanitation for 3 Bn. people

The second forum was held at Federal University of Technology in Akure and brought together 33 students. The second forum chose the following targets as phenomenal priorities.

• Electricity to everyone
• Reduce corruption and bribery 
• Reduce child malnutrition
• Better access to water for 2.3 Bn. people
• Improve exams and teacher accountability
• More health spending for the 1 Bn. poorest
• Provide basic sanitation for 3 Bn. people

The third forum was held at University of Portharcourt in Rivers State, bringing together 70 students to learn about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda. Afterwards they ranked the following as phenomenal investments to prioritize.

• Reduce child malnutrition
• Electricity to everyone
• Reduce infant mortality
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• Halve malaria infections
• Improve exams and teacher accountability
• High blood pressure medication

The video and other media on this page were provided by our local Youth Forum partners, to give voice to Youth Forum participants and show individuals' views on priorities.