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Amb. Sani Saulawa Bala

Our Mission

The Centre envisions a prosperous, politically stable and globally respected African continent entrenched in the culture of good governance.

Our Vision

To be a Centre of excellence for policy research, dialogue, advocacy and training in key areas of diplomacy, democracy and development.

From the Executive Director's Desk

Amb. Sani Saulawa Bala

The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) is an authoritative Non-governmental Organization committed to research, advocacy, training and policy analysis in the areas of conflict prevention, management, democratization and sustainable development in Nigeria, Africa and the world. It was founded in 1993 by Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR; a renowned scholar and seasoned diplomat, former Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister and former United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs. The Centre began full operation in February 2014.

SCDDD is leading strategic discussions on inclusive governance for sustainable development in order to guarantee human security, sustainable peace, rule of law and human rights in Nigeria and Africa, shaping public policy through research and knowledge sharing. It is committed to improving the democratic and governance space through advocacy and the provision of context-specific solutions to governments, policy makers and some non-state actors in Nigeria and Africa.

You reach a consensus not by making truce with who you agree but by making truce with whom you disagree.
Professor Ibrahim Gambari
Founder, SCDDD

Our Core Values


We pride ourselves in the exceptional way we carry out our duties. Professionalism is not just a buzz word for us, it is a life style embedded in our organizations DNA.

Independent Thinking

Everyone at the Savannah Centre is an independent thinker capable of generating ideas and coming up with innovative ways to solve emergent problems.


To immerse ourselves in the situations or circumstances of others and see the world from their perspective is very vital to how we conduct ourselves when faced with problems; it also guides us towards creativity in finding sustainable solutions.

Team Spirit

At Savannah we work as a team and members of a family. Everyone is carried along and each person is valued for his or her competences and buttons.

Strategic Objectives

The Centre intends to achieve its objectives through persistent engagements with policy makers, other civil society organizations, media, sub-regional organisations and the international community, in providing context-specific solutions to Nigeria and Africa’s development challenges through adaptive and pragmatic researches, trainings, programmes and advocacies. It strives to link peace building and development efforts at the national, regional, and global levels.

Strategic Objectives

Our Team

Amb. Felix Pwol
Director, Diplomacy & Democratic Dev.
Amb. Samuel Dangwam Dabeng
Head - Training & Conferences
Col. Ademola Lawal
Head - Research
Chief Ibrahim Olajide Lawal
Head - Human Resources
Sir Bola Abimbola
Head - Programme, Communication & Advocacy
Olaogun Michael
Olaogun Michael
Program Officer
Oderinde Bunmi Abigail
Oderinde Bunmi Abigail
GEDSI and M&E Officer
Grace Arigu
Program Officer
Moses Ohaegbuchi
Senior Research Officer
finance officer
Oyeyemi Lukman Adesina
Finance Officer
Solomon O. Vera
Finance Assistant
Blessing Atureta-Ogah
Executive Assistant/Office Management
Benedict Odey
Senior Training Officer, SCDTL
Joshua Ndah
Training Assistant, SCDTL
Sunday Abu
Geoffrey Pam
Helen Patrick
Office Assistant
Husseina Abdullahi
Office Assistant
Michael Chukwu
Office Assistant