Vulnerability and poverty during Covid-19: religious minorities in Nigeria

Think tank: Institute of Development Studies

Author(s): Joanna Howard; Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam; Philip Hayab; Plangsat Dayil

November 16, 2021

This report from UK think tank Institute of Development Studies looks at the effect on religiously marginalised groups from the covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had direct and indirect effects on religiously marginalised groups, exacerbating existing inequities and undermining ambitions for those ‘furthest behind’ to be reached and supported through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The intersection of religious identity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, gender, and age compound vulnerability to violence and its impacts. This policy briefing, written by Dr Joanna Howard, Professor Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam, Dr Plangsat Bitrus Dayil, and Dr Philip Hayab, draws on research into the experiences of the pandemic by religious minorities living in Kaduna and Plateau states in Nigeria and finds that the pandemic deepened pre-existing ethno-religious fault lines.