At the moment, the world is focused on reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Countries globally have instituted measures to curb the spread of the virus and to protect their citizens. Several countries have instituted mandatory lockdown and stay at home measures in a bid to minimize crowds and contain the spread of the virus. Hospitals are overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19 patients, and at the same time, they lack resources to manage the overwhelming numbers of cases. Globally, more than 1.3 million cases have been recorded with over 100,000 deaths. Economies around the world are struggling. People are losing their jobs, and governments are forced to come up with stimulus packages to minimize the economic impact of the situation on citizens.

Nigeria is not left behind, with over 300 cases confirmed so far. The Federal government has imposed cessation of movement in four cities including Nigeria’s capital, Abuja and Lagos the commercial capital. Only essential business is allowed to operate within a specified period. The majority of Nigerians operate in the informal market economy and rely on daily economic activities to thrive. The pandemic has no doubt led to a disruption of activities for both the private and public sectors. CSOs and well-meaning citizens are taking responsibility by using their platforms to amplify the directives of the Health institutions like NCDC and also to mobilize humanitarian support for less privileged.

No doubt, the pandemic will have grave outcomes for youth-led CSOs that rely on support from donor communities to thrive. It is against this background that Yiaga Africa in partnership with the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy is hosting host a virtual conversation on Civic Leadership in Post Pandemic Era for leaders of youth civic organizations. The objective of the conversation is to promote strategic thinking in organizational management and program development in a post-pandemic era. This conversation is for young CEOs, Executive Directors, Team leaders or leaders of youth CSOs, social enterprises and community-based organizations. Prof. William A. Brown from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will deliver the lead presentation.


Only selected participants will be contacted. 

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Professor, Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

William A. Brown is a professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as the Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. He teaches Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Capstone courses. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Northeastern University with a concentration in human services. He earned his master’s and doctorate in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University. He has worked with numerous organizations in the direct provision of services, consulting, and board governance. He served on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) from 2007-2012 and chaired the Education Committee from 2009-2011. His research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications. Examples of his work include exploring the association between board and organizational performance and developing the concept of mission attachment. Publication outlets include Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review. He has completed an edited volume entitled Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge, July 2013) with Chris Cornforth. A textbook entitled Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations was published in March 2014 (Jones & Bartlett).


Senior Program Officer with the MacArthur Foundation Africa Office.

A consultant, farmer and feminist, Amina was a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Program Coordinator at the Centre for Democracy and Development, Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and Coordinator, DFID / UKAid’s Coalitions for Change (C4C) Programme. She has been a consultant on communication, inclusion, gender and policy to numerous government and development partner and civil society organizations including INEC, Ministries of Women Affairs, Finance and Budget & Planning, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies; DFID, UN, EU; ActionAid International, International Alert, and FEMNET.  She was a gender technical team member, for the Nigerian government Vision 20 2020 process, and for the review of the National Gender Policy for Nigeria, 2006 and a gender strategy for Nigeria’s National Assembly.

Amina is a serial social entrepreneur who has created ideas and opportunities for accountability and human rights strategies in agro-enterprise, voice and advocacy for women, young people, and persons with disabilities. Amina is a past Chair of the Kaduna State Rehabilitation Board for Persons with Disabilities and is an honorary adviser to numerous governmental, private sector and civil society organizations on gender and policy. She was the FCT Chair, Advisory Group of the DFID Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program. Amina was the pioneer co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and technical designer of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund for political participation. She is a member of the Governing Council of Ekiti State University (EKSU).

Amina writes regularly and has moderated, facilitated and participated in several panels and conversations on accountability and effective use of resources, women’s and girls’ rights and the environment both nationally and internationally including at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Amina received her B.Sc. and M.Sc from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Ph.D. from the University of Abuja. Amina has spent time at Aspen, the Universities of Cape Town, Sussex and Liverpool.  She is a mentor, keen volunteer, and traveler.