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.

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 Inter and intra faith dialogue
 Good governance
 Leadership development
 Memory preservation and knowledge promotion

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

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  • Interfaith and policy dialogue.
  • Leadership training and retreat.
  • Round-tables and lecture series.
  • Fellowship/internship programmes
  • Advocacy
  • Publications

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Flat C1, American Specialist Hospital Complex, (Opposite Rockview Royale Hotel), No. 1, Luanda Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja – Nigeria and No. 10, North Road, Abakpa-Kaduna, Kaduna state.

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Who is the director of the Kukah Centre? Fr. Atta Barkindo, Ph.D. is the Director of The Kukah Centre: Faith, Leadership and Public Policy Research, Abuja-Nigeria. He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Yola, Northeast Nigeria. He was educated in Egypt and Italy on Arabic, Political Islam and Inter-Faith Dialogue. He had his MSc in African Politics in 2012 and he also completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016. His PhD research project, titled ‘‘History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram,’’ was awarded the Horowitz Foundation grant for Social Policy. In 2015, Fr. Atta specialised in Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremists, at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.

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