Plan's new office: A test case

Refugee children in front of newly constructed temporary learning spaces set up by Plan in the Mbile refugee camp, Cameroon. The international NGO has set up a new office in Nigeria, which its Cameroon branch will help mentor. Photo by: Plan International

Toward the end of 2012, Plan USA formally acquired the Center for Development and Population Activities, a small international nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C., focusing on women’s issues. Part of that deal is CEDPA Nigeria.

That agreement set in motion more than a decade’s worth of interest within Plan’s regional office in West Africa to expand. The office has been eyeing Nigeria, the Central African Republic and Mauritania, but proposals to set up Plan offices in these countries have repeatedly been turned down at headquarters level in the United Kingdom.

“There was not a strong appetite, not to go to Nigeria, but to expand operations as an organization,” Plan Regional Director for West and Central Africa Adama Coulibaly told Devex.

But all that changed after the CEDPA acquisition. With headquarters already aware of the regional office’s interest in Nigeria, the board decided in 2013 to make the transfer of CEDPA Nigeria from Plan USA to Plan International. And in January 2014, Coulibaly and other actors from a number of Plan country offices were called to form a project team that would be responsible for setting up Plan Nigeria.

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