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Grassroots Development Support & Rural Enligthenment Initiative

Asaba, Nigeria
Joined November 2017

We are currently working in Nigeria's 36 federating states, and Abuja Our work is primarily focused on promoting social justice, human rights, and strengthening traditional justice system.

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Right to Information

Grassroot Development Support & Rural Enlightenment Initiative {GDEV}, Nigeria

GDEV, Nigeria is a registered multi-disciplinary non-profit, non-governmental organization, established in 2004 to promote social justice in Nigeria, and elsewhere.

MISSION STATEMENT: To empower disadvantage people with knowledge and skill, through enlightenment and capacity building, to make them stronger, and more confidence in controlling their life, claiming their rights, and contributing to national development.

VISION: A society where everybody has the required skill, and opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential to participate in all aspects of life.


1. Legal Literacy campaign. 

2. Budget and tax advocacy.

3. Access to healthcare

4. Equality of access to opportunities.

5. Monitoring electoral process.

6. Care for our forests/ clean environment.

7. Peace building & Conflict Resolutions.

8. Empowering people for sustainable livelihood.

9. Humanitarian assistance to people who need help.

People Associated With This Organization

Henry Udemeh

Grassroots Development Support &...
Joined November 2017
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am the Executive Director of Grassroots Development Support & Rural Enlightenment Initiative [GDEV], based in Nigeria, West Africa

I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management.

My expertise includes: Community engagement, environmental governance, peacebuilding, human rights and social justices

I am joining the network to learn and improve my knowledge on innovative approaches to solving human rights and social justice related issues in my community, state and in the country.

James F Kamanda II

Grassroots Development Support &... (Unverified)
Joined November 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence
I am a Sierra Leone National, schooled in Liberia and United States of America with deep background in Education, Theology, Social Work and International Relations. To my credit, I have ten years classroom experience as teacher and principal, ten years community work experience as social worker and twenty-five years project management experience as executive director

Networking is a platform for sharing and learning ideas which bring about efficiency and productivity. This is what we looking for in this network.

john kwingwa

Grassroots Development Support &... (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Livelihoods
I am human right activist,i have been working with number of civil society organization ,struggling for the right of different groups of people,youths,women,i have great experience on the issues related to policy matters,having 16 years working and struggles for the right of older people,having membership in Global network for rights of old people.In the organization i am a body member , what am looking for join the network is to share and learn from other members all about legal support and intervention on how to empower different groups in the community legally so as to know their right and hence improve their well being .
Henry Udemeh is the network champion (main point of contact) for Grassroots Development Support & Rural Enligthenment Initiative.

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