People Need People



Six academics from Nigeria, UK, and Ghana, came together in 1997 following three years of deliberation, took the bold decision to establish a not-for-profit organization to address the gap between evidence and its application into policy and practice against absolute poverty, ignorance, and disease in the African community. In 1999, the organization was registered in Nigeria as the Common Heritage Foundation (CHF) (RC 12361). CHF focus is on using research evidence for addressing problems in health, education and community capacity development. Our Research for Policy and Practice Activities are directed to supporting decision-makers, implementers and service providers.  CHF has carried out activities in all regions of Nigeria, particularly in the Northeastern Nigeria where despite enormous resources, is disproportionately left behind all other parts of Nigeria in all human development indices. We combined both formal training and capacity strengthening participatory community strategies for human capital development. CHF has carried out activities in the health system and services delivery including infectious diseases intervention (river blindness (onchocerciasis), lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths), malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and nutrition. CHF has contributed to the literature on community participation particularly for increasing access of marginalized peoples to health services, education and other social protection services through a series of implementation research activities. Sample projects 2009-present and some of our publications are available on request and in the Downloads. Our Geographic Focus and Network has expanded covering entire northern Nigeria and the Southwestern Ondo and Osun States. CHF’s greatest strength is in building networks, and working with collaborators and partners with complementary skills and advantages.

CHF recently entered into a partnership with other philanthropists to establish standard-setting community-driven institutions with interest in adolescent development (The Heritage College), elderly care (Akoko Hospital and Convalescence Centre), health worker training (College of Health Science and Technology)  and are piloting women empowerment for food production (Community Resource Centres) in the north and western Nigeria. The organization has a pro-active board of trustees that encourages networking with both community-based associations and global partners. CHF projects provide Global Internship Opportunity which many partners such as the Emory University Rollins School of Global Health have used for training MPH students since 2005.  In 2016, CHF opened a new office in Abuja, and we are open to visitors. You may also  Contact Us.