This is the era of multilateralism, a knowledge driven economy where global economy is changing, with dwindling of sources and tightening government budgets; and in Nigeria, with continued clamour for restructuring, it is therefore, very necessary for Arewa region to think out-of-the box: strategically and creatively about developing its economy and social growth in the new economy to improve quality of life for everyone in the region.


ACRD is a progressive public-policy, public-based entity and advocacy organization, an independent non-partisan interdisciplinary research platform with expertise in regional economics and community development dedicated to fostering regional strategies, partnerships, solutions and improving the lives of all that live in Arewa Region, through promotion of sustainable regional development with a focus on development planning and Knowledge Management (KM) in the context of globalization and decentralization trends. The Center presents Arewa viewpoint on economic issues aimed at not just to change the conversation in Arewa, but to change the entire region and thereby changing the country as a whole in a progressive way. It has its headquarters in Kaduna State of Nigeria and does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.



AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD) was founded in June 2016 based on the United Nations (UN) documents of UNCRD - ECOSOC resolutions 1086 C of 18th June 1971 with the vision to achieve a sustainable living environment, safe, secure, equitable and inclusive development in harmony with the environment for the people of the northern region of Nigeria popularly known in Hausa language as “Arewa”.


Profile of Dr Baba J Adamu President of ACRD

Today, Nigerian ethnic diversity is not even a static phenomenon. Ethnic groups change through time in complex ways. Of course, it is natural to belong to a category or group of people that are considered to be significantly different from others in terms of culture, dialect or tribe, traditions, religion, etc., and even physical characteristics like body shape, colour etc., however, it is necessary, within the nation, and in the interest of unity, survival and bigger picture, to suspend chauvinistic views to truly understand larger issues affecting the interests of all of the diverse groups that have been wedded together by God in terms of geographical and re-settlement of people within the location, and of course by a deliberate union of inter-marriages in such a location.


God created us from a single pair of male and female, into nations, colours, races and tribes so that we may cherish and differentiate one another. In His Mercy and Wisdom, He gives us diversity to test our capacity for friendship and accentuates the need for unity and self-esteem. The days of ignorance were the days of feuds and falsehood attitude of trying to forget these differences rather than understand them

For a sustainable developed and innovative Arewa with inclusive growth in today’s world, it takes a spark from within. That is the reason why the AREWA Center for Regional Development (ACRD) is reaching out to northern Governors, elder statesmen and astute leaders, traditional and religious leaders, and private businesses in the region to implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to a wide variety of the region's challenges, as well as reaching out to professional northerners in the Diaspora and ordinary northerners irrespective of their social class, ethnicity, religious beliefs and even political affiliation to work together for better, safer communities and local development whereby the economic, social, cultural, and environmental resources of the region are harnessed for the betterment of everyone in the region.


Every Nigerian living in the north is a Northerner. That person, irrespective of his or her background, tribe descent, ethnicity, religious belief and even political affiliation has the right to live in peace and harmony; and go about his/her legitimate businesses without fear.

The Center is also working with other research centers, universities, polytechnics and other research institutions in the region, in the country and around the globe to explore and share development and research opportunities. With research partners around the world, the ACRD is working hard to provide world-class ideas and strategies for collaboration, innovation and prosperity.




As clearly captured by the Open Society Foundation’s theory of change, which is rooted in our belief that IF well-informed citizens are able to increase their participation in decision-making processes, AND governance structures, processes and regional integration mechanisms are strengthened and function more effectively in the best interest of the society AND the human rights of all its people, in particular the poor, vulnerable and marginalized are respected and protected, THEN this would contribute to making our society a freer, safer, more integrated, more equitable and ultimately more democratic and prosperous region. As Government continue to make real change happen, to ensure a clean environment and a strong economy built on greater Nigeria, and on providing greater security and opportunity for all, we have a duty and responsibility to support the Government in achieving this feat; for that is the trust we bestow upon our leaders.



Pioneering new ideas and strategies that will contribute to the economic growth of the entire Arewa region, to conduct research that will be applied directly to social policy and develop a body of knowledge about social order, economy and change toward regional peace and unity within a safer, environmentally friendly society.


The Five Major Goals of ACRD

  1. Strengthen the Economic Leadership of the Region - Recognizing the economic needs and assets of Arewa region rests, in part, on access to high quality data tools that can produce a comprehensive assessment of the region’s social, economic, educational, demographic and environmental resources.

  2. Strengthen Collaborative Leadership of the Region - Vibrant region depends on a diversity of people and groups contributing to the economic and civic life of their region. In addition, they hinge on the presence of new leaders who are capable of working in partnership with various communities in the region.

  3. Promote Regional Strategy and Planning - Embracing a framework that promotes sound planning and timely decision making is critical to the effective tackling of regional challenges, concerns and opportunities.

  4. Advance Economic Development and Business Growth Strategies - Strong and sustainable economies require the pursuit of an appropriate mix of economic development strategies, especially ones that reduce economic gaps and strengthen a region’s economic assets in a collaborative way.

  5. Tap the Talents of educated Northerners and partner Universities in the region - No matter the complexity of the challenges the region face, ACRD has the capacity to tap from northern resource persons and partner with Universities and other institutions within the region and away.


“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 




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