The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has taken strategic interest in Nigeria’s humanitarian issues since 2014. Particular focus has been on the North East. Apart from having a designated plenary for this at the annual summits since 2014, the following steps have been taken:
- Partnered with United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in December 2015 to mobilize private sector around the issues in a bid to commence dialogue in this regard.
- As a follow-up a field visit to Maiduguri was undertaken in partnership with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) from January 15 to 17. Led by Chairman Kyari Bukar, the objective was to afford private sector member organizations of the NESG an opportunity to engage with humanitarian actors and stakeholders. It also served as a platform for members to see firsthand, the realities on ground in a bid to mobilize response for the humanitarian situation in the state.
- Since then, partnerships have been formed with multi-actors to form the Connecting Business initiative which is situated under NESG Governance and Institutions Policy Commission to address Nigeria’s humanitarian issues.
- Most recently, NESG has been invited to the membership of the Private Sector Advisory Group on SDG’s in Nigeria. This is expected that this would help to better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development in Nigeria.