Borno State is, in many ways, representative of Nigeria - plentiful potential beset by multi-faceted humanitarian and development challenges. Over the last 7 years, the state has been wracked by conflict and the ensuing humanitarian crisis has gained global attention. The insurgency in the North East has posed a potent threat to both national and regional stability has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives and displaced a record 3.3 million people.

It goes without saying that within Nigeria and surrounds, Borno State is critical for peace and stability but post-conflict reconstruction is intrinsically intertwined with basic human development needs which must be addressed as a matter of priority.

Within Nigeria and surrounds, Borno State is critical for peace and stability, for environmental sustainability and youth empowerment and employment. However, post-conflict reconstruction is intrinsically intertwined with basic human development needs which must be addressed as a matter of priority.

The inaugural RebuildBorno event on 19 April 2016 was a resounding success and credit goes to Team AOA, the speakers, discussants, moderators, facilitators, and panelists for their invaluable contribution. The event was extremely well attended by the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, Senate Leader Ali Ndume and representatives from the British High Commission, DFID, UNDP, and USAID. The active involvement of Global Shapers was noteworthy, many of whom acted as speakers, moderators, and facilitators for the sessions.

The journey has just begun