British Council Future Leader’s Connect (2019/20)

In 2019, I was selected as the British Council Policy Leader on Forced Displacement (Nigeria) as part of the Future Leader’s Connect Programme. As part of the programme, which brought emerging policy leaders from around the world, we discussed global policy challenges at the UK Houses of Parliament and met leaders across civil society, global movements, public service, the private sector, and research think tanks.

Internally Displaced Persons are among the most vulnerable people in the world today and their vulnerabilities and possible policy solutions should be highlighted in global discussions. I want to see a world where people who have been forced to flee their homes are empowered through psychosocial support, education, and vocational training to improve their self-confidence, rebuild their livelihood, and enable reintegration into the society with dignity.

A cross-section of delegates at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Meeting John Bercow MP, Former Speaker of the House of Commons, UK.

I met with the International Development Committee, House of Commons, UK, and discussed how to align development support to achieve self-reliance for forcibly displaced persons. I also presented a copy of my book, My Name is Aisha.”, to Stephen Twigg, MP, Chair of the International Development Committee, House of Commons, UK.

Meeting with Sir Vince Cable, MP