Uchenna Idoko - Executive Director

Uchenna Idoko - Executive Director


Uchenna is a gender and Inclusion Expert of over fourteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and two Master’s degrees from the University of Abuja: Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Economics and Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Political Economy and Development Studies.

She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Abuja. Uchenna has outstanding skills in programming, training, assessment, communication, knowledge management and research. She has trained different stakeholders’ especially parliamentarians, government officials, CSOs on gender equality/equity in different sectors and at different levels both in Nigeria and internationally, principally in issues of sustainable livelihoods for women and vulnerable groups. She has served in Civil Society advisory committees to policy makers in different capacities on gender and economic livelihoods. She has also recently worked extensively in rural communities.

In 2009 she published a toolkit titled: Community Needs Assessment Toolkit: A gender Perspective funded by the UNIFEM. She coordinated Nigeria Gender Budget Network (NGBN) a network of over 119 CSOs for five years. Uchenna has experience in developing gender needs assessment tools, training manuals and has also facilitated mainstreaming gender into organization’s policies, and projects. She has consulted for government ministries, local and international organizations including, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FMARD), Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Nigeria, Ministry of Education, Kano State Secondary School Management Board (KSSMB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), African Centre for Gender and Social Development Division (ACGS), Growth and Employment Markets in States (GEMS) DFID/ World Bank project, DFID Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN), DFID Teacher Development Programme (TDP), DFID Girl Hub, Network for Women’s Rights Ghana, Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Media Information Narrative Development(MIND), GIZ and IDASA.

Uchenna has received key strategic trainings that sharpened her capacity. She was among the pioneer trainees of Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management (GEPM) IDEP for African Economists and planners. She also attended the ‘Global Perspectives on Politics and Gender’ a 3 weeks certificated workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania organized by American Political Science Association (APSA). She has also attended other short courses organized by World Bank Institute, John Hopkins University Bloomerg, Heinrich Boll Foundation North America, Action Aid etc. Before founding CGE Africa in 2011 she was the Senior Programme Officer (Gender and Economic Rights) at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).

Our Mission


Our mission is to inspire African citizens to take their position at the centre of sustainable development by rising above barriers to gender equality and economic growth.