Empowering commmunities through inclusive governance, youth empowerment and gender equality advocacy

Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) is a nonpartisan and
not-for-profit civic organisation dedicated to fostering socio-political change and
community development in Nigeria

Collaborators and Supporters
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Our Impacts

Over the past decade, we have earned a reputation as a leading civic engagement
organisation, advocating for inclusive policies prioritising women and youth

15K

Young Nigerians reached
to participate effectively
in elections

100k+

Women impacted in
our digital skills
programs

20k+

Youths trained in
leadership & digital skills

Our Projects

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A middle aged women at a polling unit

YvoteNaija

YvoteNaija is a project launched by BBYDI in 2020 to enhance the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria. Through digital and social engagement tools, the project promotes voter education, tracks electoral activities, and monitors events during elections.

A youth in a polling unit

FactCheck Elections

FactCheck Elections is a nonpartisan and nonprofit initiative by BBYDI designed to keep citizens informed about elections in Nigeria by providing accurate, fact-based, and unbiased information.

EVIT launch

Election Violence Incidence Tracker (EVIT)

This is a pioneering project initiated by BBYDI to serve as a beacon of hope in the pursuit of peaceful and transparent elections. EVIT is a robust platform where registered members can share real-time reports of violence during elections, ensuring accurate and timely information flow

Selfie of women in the spacefor project

SpaceForHer

As part of our commitment to promoting gender-inclusive policies in Nigeria, BBYDI established the transformative SpaceForHer Fellowship program. This initiative serves as a catalyst for change, empowering women with knowledge, information, and leadership skills essential for political participation

Global Action Week for Education

BBYDI's commitment to education reform is exemplified through our influential initiative, the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE). With a resolute focus on advocating for quality and accessible education for every child, GAWE works tirelessly to raise awareness and bring comprehensive reform across local, state, and national levels

KnowCovid19

During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation posed a significant threat to public health efforts. To combat this issue, BBYDI established KnowCovid19, a pioneering fact-finding initiative dedicated to tracking COVID-19 events and verifying claims related to the virus and vaccinations.

Audience in the climate change journalism workshop

BBYDI's Ilorin Climate Cafe

The Ilorin Climate Cafe, held in Danialu Community, Gaa-Akanbi, Ilorin, brought together over 100 community members for meaningful dialogue on climate change and sustainability.

A youth corper in a townhall meeting

YouthGovTracka

The Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) is implementing the YouthGovTracka project to promote accountability of elected officials in Nigeria and encourage youth participation in governance.

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Our Focus Areas

Good Governance, Transparency, and Accountability

We promote open-data governance at all levels to ensure citizens are well-informed and actively engaged in government processes and decision-making. We use the principles of Freedom of Information to empower citizens to demand transparency and accountability from public officials. We advocate for favourable socio-economic policies, monitor public projects and budgets, and foster socio-political engagements to drive positive change within this focus area.

Advocating for an improved education system

We use policy briefs, awareness campaigns, and social interventions to address the issue of out-of-school children in Nigerian. Through research and data analysis, we advocate for girl-child education in underprivileged areas, aiming to reduce child marriages and ensure the effective implementation of education policies that meet international standards and align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We visit schools to deliver digital training workshops, provide career mentorship, and facilitate personal development assemblies.
Our education interventions extend to climate education in secondary schools, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to address climate change and contribute to building a sustainable environment.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We recognise the significance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global framework for improving lives and building a sustainable world. We advocate for the implementation of the SDGs and work towards their localisation in Nigeria. Our “Localising the SDGs” program targets rural communities through grassroots interactions and empowerment. We aim to engage change-driven residents across Nigeria’s 774 local government areas.
To ensure effective monitoring, BBYDI tracks and evaluates the progress of SDGs implementation through data analysis and project tracking. Our SDGs coordinators in the 36 states spearhead needs-based awareness campaigns to promote SDGs understanding and engagement.

Elections, Human Rights, and Civic Duties

We facilitate public awareness campaigns on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and emphasise the importance of exercising civic duties. We collaborate with other non-governmental organisations to educate new voters on the registration process and encourage electoral participation. We provide election observation and fact-checking training through our Factcheck Elections project to enhance the credibility of elections. Our primary focus is encouraging greater electoral participation, especially among Nigerian youths, and enhancing citizens’ involvement in governance.

Youth Development, Investment, and Economic Empowerment

We foster entrepreneurial development among young people through innovative projects that cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and equip participants with the necessary tools and resources to thrive. We provide hands-on training, workshops, conferences, and boot camps, connecting participants with mentors for ongoing guidance. Over 100,000 youths have benefited from our digital skills training in technology, science, and infrastructure.

Research and Policy

We analyse social development trajectories, policy implementation, governance performance, political participation trends, and gender sensitivity. We utilise data to identify areas of concern and engage relevant stakeholders on issue-based reforms. To provide actionable solutions across governance, community development, SDGs, women’s inclusion, and gender-based violence, we publish policy briefs that examine these issues and their societal impacts and offer policy recommendations.
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FactCheckAfrica is an independent fact-checking platform. Our focus is to produce fact-check reports around electoral activities, issues in government, accountability in governance, climate and conflicts in Africa.  FactCheckAfrica is legally registered as an entity under the umbrella of the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI), a non-government and non-profit organization.

Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) is a nonpartisan and not-for-profit civic organisation dedicated to fostering socio-political change and community development in Nigeria