An independent evaluation of NIFAA's pilot program in three Nigerian states highlights the efficacy of NIFAA's health and behavior change interventions against malaria and the promise of the partnership with CIFA. Click here for a more extensive summary .
In February, 2010, former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo visited NIFAA's training for 200 leaders in the town of Kuje outside Abuja. The high-profile international attention that the CIFA-NIFAA partnership has stimulated is a clear sign of a widely held desire to promote interfaith collaboration on issues of common concern.
NIFAA's work is evidence that religious leaders can be mobilized for joint action at a large scale, even in contentious climates.
In early 2009, CIFA approached the top Muslim and Christian leaders of Nigeria with a proposal to help them create an interfaith non-governmental organization (NGO) that would bring their national networks of religious leaders into the struggle against poverty and disease in Nigeria. The result is the Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA), an independent Nigerian-led NGO co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and led by Executive Director Bishop Sunday Onuoha. With seed funding from Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health and the World Bank, NIFAA is now actively mobilizing thousands of Muslim and Christian faith leaders to deliver sermons in support of the massive effort to combat the scourge of malaria in Nigeria. From its base in Washington – supplemented by frequent trips to Nigeria – CIFA's team provides ongoing technical assistance to NIFAA on the full spectrum of organizational and programmatic issues.