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DEC Nigeria, is a membership, non-govermental, non-religious, non-political, non-profit making organisation providing, social and micro financial services to women groups , communities and NGOs in Nigeria to enhance their capacity for sustainable development.
DEC Nigeria is a membership, non-governmental, non-religious, non-political organization that is providing social and micro financial services to women groups, communities and NGOS in Nigeria to enhance their capacity for sustainable development.
The Development Exchange Centre (DEC) was estabilished in November 1987 as a result of a joint research conducted by the Canadian university services Oversea(CUSO) and the Adult and Non Formal Education Agency (ANFEA) Bauchi State.
The research findings showed that women especially those in the rural areas are greatly disadvantaged in both social and economic terms, (usually resulting from cultural, religious and some harmful traditional practices, this is coupled with degree of material poverty among women have combined to make them highly dependent on men).
There was a strong need CUSO and ANFEA to establish in programme to respond and address this in balances in more sustainable way.
The centre started as a resource centre for sharing and exchange of developmental information with women in groups.
DEC has continued to pursue its broad objective of empowering women through the provision of micro finance services and entrepreneurial skills development, training/capacity building workshops, water supply, sanitation and hygeine promotion, reproductive health, gender, education and Information sharing.
The DEC head office is located in Bauchi and currently working in 9 states; Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Plateau, Nasarawa, and Jigawa. DEC operates 8 Area offices in Bauchi, Gombe, Billiri, Bukuru, Langtang, Yola, Jalingo and Damaturu, with a network of 32 branches spread across the whole of the North East, including Plataeu, Nassarawa and Jigawa states. In addition, in its current strategic plan, DEC plans to open 16 new branches annually , to cover the entire Northern part of the country by the year 2012. DEC has membership strength of 35,000 women, in 1,494 groups. Therefore the centre is well represented in area and has the potential of region poverty alleviation.