ABOUT US

The Kukah Centre (TKC) is a Nigeria-based policy research institute, founded by Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto. The Centre has offices in Abuja and Kaduna and treats political leadership as a collaborative exercise that requires multiple governance structures at various levels – individuals, households, small businesses, the organized private sector, NGOs and government.
Interfaith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversations among Nigeria’s faith communities, as well as between leaders in faith and public policy. The Kukah Centre aspires to become Nigeria’s leading institution for the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives.

OUR MISSION

Believing that the pursuit of the common good of all citizens should be the basis for the existence of government and that citizen participation in their own affairs should be at the heart of governance, we shall aspire to set up a mediating institution for achieving this. We shall seek to conceptualize, design, clarify and articulate proactive mechanisms that will increase policy proficiency, effectiveness and efficiency, and public participation and input for the attainment of the common good and pursuit of the ideas of good governance.

OUR VISION

To aspire towards the attainment of a more humane, democratic and free society where citizens can live in real and true freedom unencumbered by any structures of exclusion on the basis of ethnic, religious, social status, economic or gender differences.

OVERVIEW

The Kukah Centre was established by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to enhance and encourage greater citizen engagement in Nigeria. The Centre has become active in the last year, working to strengthen national debate, improve governance and encourage Nigerians to take an active role in the country’s leadership.

The Centre treats political leadership as a collaborative exercise and aims to promote governance structures which incorporate multiple levels of engagement, including individuals, households, small businesses, the private sector, NGOs and government.

Interfaith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversations among Nigeria’s faith communities, as well as between leaders in faith and public policy.

The Kukah Centre aspires to become Nigeria’s leading institution for the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

To design programs that encourage debates and free exchange of ideas.
To serve as a mediating platform between the government, citizens and communities.
To engage like-minded partners to promote inclusive governance processes that foster the common good of all citizens.
To foster a productive partnership between faith leaders, the academia and public officials.
To enhance the quality of leadership training at all levels both in the public and non-governmental sectors.

PROGRAM AREAS

INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE

Inter-faith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversation among Nigeria’s faith communities as well as between leaders in faith and public policy. The Kukah Centre aspires to become Nigeria’s leading institution through the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by serving as a platform for inclusive dialogues and advocacy initiatives.

GOOD GOVERNANCE

The Centre’s good governance programs seek to foster an informed and active electorate that recognizes the urgent need to participate in shaping government policies. This is predicated on the understanding that for it to be meaningful, good governance requires a fully functioning and participatory democracy.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

We believe that to secure our future, we need to raise and train leaders for the next generation imbued with a sense of service based on shared values.

MEMORY PRESERVATION AND KNOWLEDGE PROMOTION

The Centre’s memory preservation and knowledge promotion activities will raise awareness on critical issues of both historical and contemporary national importance, with a view to promoting active citizen engagement. Knowledge promotion underlines the importance of political participation that is driven by ethnic or religious considerations.

PLATFORMS AND CORE ACTIVITIES

We will adopt a partnership and multiple stakeholders approach as follows:

Interfaith and Policy Dialogue
Leadership Training & Retreat
Round table and Lecture Series
Fellowship/Internship Programmes
Advocacy