Watch Our 20th Anneversary Documentary

In 2002, we set out with a dedicated team of five and bold ambitions. Our initial efforts were focused on engaging potential partners, a task that required proving our worth amidst unique challenges. We capitalized on the opportunity to extend the impact and scope of our projects across Nigeria, facilitated by collaborations with both the government and private sectors, and guided by the priorities of our donors. By 2022, as we marked our 20th anniversary, it wasn’t just a milestone to celebrate our achievements but also a moment to reflect on the future challenges. Celebrating over two decades of providing development services to the unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria, we looked back at the journey of DDI with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Two Decades of Impactful Initiatives!

A Track Record of Success

We have seen tangible results from the services we have rendered…

600k+ Smallholder Farmers

Over 600,000 smallholder farmers in Nigeria have been supported to access a range of services

20k+ Coops, CBOs & MSMEs

Over 20,000 cooperatives, CBOs and MSMEs have benefitted from DDI’s technical and managerial support and mentorship.

60+ Off-Grid Energy Entrepreneurs

Over 60 off-grid energy entrepreneurs supported and scaled up to reach both unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria with clean energy.

7k+ Young People

Over 3,000 young people – through 40+ Vocational Training Centres – have been supported to access industry-, and trade-relevant skills

“Our celebration is not so much a festivity, but a solemn occasion to pause and look back at this twenty-year journey. While we can justifiably give ourselves a pat on the back for what we have been able to accomplish, we also feel that it is an opportunity to take a moment to look ahead at the mountains we must yet climb…”

Adamu Garba

Executive Director

Lives We Have Touched

Testimonials from Project Participants

Inspired by the feedback and endorsements from participants and partners, we embark on a fervent quest towards service excellence, reaching the unserved and underserved.

Goodwill Messages Galore
for DDI At 20

Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, represented by Haj. Mariam UwaisSpecial Adviser to the Vice President on Social Investment​
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"I am particularly excited by the fact that DDI is not into the usual stereotype but certainly in the right spaces; agriculture, renewable energy, business development, supporting women and youths on employability..."​
Margarita Aswani, ​Chief of Party for the Rural Resilience Activity (RRA), Mercy Corps Nigeria
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"...DDI became our partners in Nigeria beginning in January, 2022. And in just a short 10 months that we have been working together, they have achieved some significant results. They have reached over 20,000 people by conducting training in good Agronomic Practices (GAP), ..."​
Travis AdkinsPresident and CEO of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF)​
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"...As our local technical partner in Nigeria, Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI) is integral to our success at the grassroots level. I want to recognize the role your hardwork and local knowledge play in USADF’s ability to create pathways to prosperity in Nigeria...:​
Dr. Lanre Babalola Former Minister of Power, Federal Republic of Nigeria​
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"...I am extremely impressed by the various programs that DDI has pioneered and has continued to push, leading to meaningful economic growth and development of the country. I will continue to speak as loudly as possible for people to learn more about what DDI is..."​
Oby OkekeCEO/Co-Founder, AutoEase Services, Enugu​
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"20 years is a great milestone. It is obviously evident that you have been consistent at what you do, you have been at it, and you have come to this point, which is a landmark that is inspiring for a lot of us who are also looking forward to getting to that point. We want to say congratulations ..."​
Alh. Ibrahim Abubakar, Mandate Secretary for Agriculture in the FCTA, represented by Mr. Adeyemi Adetayo​
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"...I will like to congratulate the DDI team for achieving this important milestone of 20 years which is a hallmark that not only indicates how far the organization has come but how well you have been able to successfully key in and add value to Nigeria’s developmental process,..."​

Photos From The Event

Featured Partners

Through robust financial management, M&E, and programme delivery systems, DDI has managed a portfolio of grants from, and strategic partnerships with, USADF, USAID, Chemonics, J4A, MCN, CRS, BMZ, AGRA, All-On, PIND, Lagos State, Kebbi State, etc.

Join your hands with us as we begin the next 20 years and beyond…

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The Origin of DDI traces back to a crucial observation: the significant gap in the capacity of local development organizations in delivering quality projects in Nigeria. This realization, spurred by an independent research conducted by the development Research and Project Consultants (dRPC), led to the establishment of Diamond Development Initiatives. 

Envisioned to deploy participatory, bottom-up approaches and to serve as a beacon of development service delivery, DDI was founded with the ambition to address the basic needs of project participants reflectively. 

From its humble beginnings with just five staff members, DDI has grown, thanks to a solid foundation built on ambition, collaboration, and a relentless pursuit of partnerships. Its journey from the first proposal to becoming the sole technical partner of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) in Nigeria showcases a commitment to excellence and the impact of teamwork.

DDI’s first proposal to USADF marked the beginning of a successful 20+-year journey of impact, characterized by a steadfast commitment to participatory approaches and a diverse range of development focuses.