About Us

Women are the bedrock of every society, Communities can only be healthy and strong if we are able to breed a strong, powerful, confident, courageous and focused women. This is an organization created to build up a strong women societies by supporting girls and women especially those affected by insurgency here in Nigeria, specifically Borno State

Borno Women Development Initiative (BOWDI) is a women-led registered Non-Governmental, Non-profit Organization with its head office in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. BOWDI has been rendering interventions in the areas of Protection, Livelihood and Peacebuilding across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states from 2014.

BOWDI has established good working relationships with community members and stakeholders at community level, maintained co-ordination through partnerships with relevant government ministries and participating in coordination meetings at several working groups and sectors. It has also partnered with several UN agencies, INGOs, and NNGOs in implementing people's centered projects.

During the past years, it has implemented several projects across different sectors such as; Food Security and livelihoods, Nutrition, Human Rights, Peacebuilding/Conflict Management, Gender, Reproductive Health, Protection (Gender Based Violence), and Environmental Management (climate change, forest conservation, and waste management). The organization has secured funding from different donors like European Union, United States AID, United Nations World Food Program, United Nation Development Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Food Agricultural Organization, Action Against Hunger, the Federal Foreign Office Germany, and Malala Fund through directly or through other development and humanitarian partners.

BOWDI worked closely with Women and Girls, Boys and Men youths on issues around protection and the prevention of gender based violence, Countering terrorism and youth radicalization and has a work force that has been trained on counter terrorism, promoting peaceful Communities, which has placed our organization at an advantage to effectively carry out implementation bearing in mind that the people are the best agent of their own change. BOWDI in all its implementation has adopted an inclusive approach to problem solving which will be anchored on this theory of change that the people are the best agent of their own change through community based and community-owned modalities.

BOWDI's mission is to promote social justice for women/girls and boys, to produce a poverty free environment by providing access to education for children and empowering women, by mitigating and preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Core values






Constructive Engagement



To educate children thereby preventing them from being part of terror activities and molding their future

To build healthy society of strong, educated and independent women

To partner with gov't and Organizations in providing access to education for children

To train girls and women on various productive hand work and providing them with various materials and capital

To organize workshops, seminars and talking sessions to expose them into the social world, creating conducive atmosphere for development

To enlighten teenage girls about personal health, first aid and SGBV in their immediate environment

Working Approach

The organization is committed to encourage active participation of the communities in the development of social and economic aspects of the society through their involvement in planning, decision making and implementation of activities. The planned or undertaken programs by the organization keep the aspects of sustainability, gender, social harmony and accountability at the forefront