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Crime, Livelihoods and Urban Poverty in Nigeria

Return visit by UCL Geography team to Kaduna

Crime, Livelihoods and Urban Poverty in Nigeria

Dr Anwar Musah writes:

Early February 2019 saw a return meeting of UCL Geography researchers to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, following the earlier visit of colleagues from ABU to London in September 2018.

Dr James Cheshire, Dr Tatiana Thieme and Dr Anwar Musah travelled to Northern Nigeria to meet research partners and academics in a series of workshops and meetings as part of the collaborative ESRC-DFID funded project, Development Frontiers in Crime, Livelihoods and Urban Poverty in Nigeria.

A participatory workshop was held with researchers from the Kaduna field sites to share and debate their key findings. The UCL-ABU team was able to exchange detailed discussions about the crime-related data collected by the project, and the field workers were able to validate and augment their findings and raise new research questions.

The key findings were also shared with a wider academic audience, as well as policy makers and key stakeholders. These included four Divisional Police Officers (DPO), representing the Kaduna State police command Commissioner, and the Chairman and senior members of the Kaduna State civilian Joint Task Force.

The event was a unique and valuable experience, in which researchers, academics, key stakeholders and other participants all had a chance to share their ideas and exchange different opinions with respect (and humour!).

There was also an open discussion of the next steps for the research in relation to both its policy implications for crime prevention strategies and crime mapping, and academic scholarship. ABU staff were also enthusiastic to include mixed-methods research in the teaching curriculum, and to build on the ABU-UCL research partnership.

The UCL team was hugely grateful to ABU’s welcome, and look forward to writing up the research findings for various audiences, including the academic, policy, and local communities in Kaduna.

The ABU Zaria team is jointly-led by Professor Adamu Ahmed and Dr Faisal Umar (a former UCL Geography alumnus), and researchers Babagana Abdullah, Khadijat Yakubu, Mukthar Ahmed, Hauwa’u Bala, Muhammad Usman and Musa Ali Muhammad.


Commentaries by Anwar Mussah:


The UCL-ABU team in Kaduna