CISER Nigeria stands on four activity pillars:
- Education and Development
- Enterprise Development
- Community Economic Development
- Development Policy Making
Education and Development
CISER aims to develop academic disciplines, independently and interdependently, most especially in business and economics, that combine indigenous and exogenous knowledge, which further contributes to the development of an African Communiversity, such as the one being presently co-evolved with Trans4m, Pax Herbals and Ibadan University’s Department of African Studies. CISER is energized by the weak educational system in most parts of Africa culminating into poverty; loss of indigenous identity; challenges of youth entrepreneurship; lack of policies affecting micro-credit & micro housing finance; and issues of financial inclusion without poverty reduction.
CISER aspires to create entrepreneurs and societal contributors through the academic system, as opposed to the current system of creating job seekers and unskilled graduates. It seek to leverage on the existing entrepreneurial culture in parts of the country by further developing these skills through research-to-action. CISER‘s Integral Research – serving to transcend the epistemological divide between north and south in research and education – would lead to learning and enterprise development. We then seek to promote youth entrepreneurship and micro-finance with a view to greater financial inclusion.
Community Economic Development
CISER seeks to provide imaginative as well as practical solutions to issues around poverty, unemployment and inequality, achieving financial inclusion in a manner that will truly impact the lives of the bottom segment or the least privileged. We have embedded CISER in Nigeria’s societal and cultural context through our co-researchers building on Africa’s triple heritage – indigenous, Muslim and Christian – and historical trends, while serving to overcome its hitherto extractive institutions. This then affects education, entrepreneurship, micro-funding and financial inclusion.
Development Policy Making
CISER is finally determined to effect government policies that both draw upon the gifts and capacities of Nigeria’s people and serve to improve the social and economic lot of the poor in our society, thereby bringing about policy changes can assist in poverty alleviation, impact the development of self, organization, society and the world and building upon the richness of the moral economic core in our Nigerian and African case.