Lagos Business School faculty, Dr Ijeoma Nwagwu has been selected by the 2020 PSAG Recognition Initiative as one of 40 women who are driving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.
The Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) Nigeria was created to provide PSAG Global, an arm of the United Nations with guidance and strategic support to achieve better development results in coordination with the private sector in Nigeria.
The thrust of the PSAG Recognition Initiative is the Agenda 2030 tagline “Leave no one behind” and its goal to engender inclusivity and women empowerment. The announcement of the 40 Leading Ladies was done as part of the commemoration of the UN International Day for Violence Against Women on November 25.
The list highlights the importance of the active involvement of women in the achievement of the UN SDGs. Commenting on this, Dr Nwagwu said, “the most prosperous countries are those that are inclusive and supportive of women as a key part of the human family. Women’s financial inclusion, for example, which is the focus of our work on financial inclusion at LBS, opens the door to healthy and well-educated households. Research shows that when women are economically empowered and financially included, their decision-making power, opportunities, esteem and well-being improve. When women are able to spend, save and borrow in meaningful ways, the resilience of households to economic shocks such as we are experiencing now also improves.”
Other notable women selected alongside Dr Nwagwu include Nigeria’s Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Special Advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments and member of LBS Advisory Board, Maryam Uwais; CEO Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, Osayi Alile; and co-founder, Sahel Consulting, Ndidi Nwuneli.
Speaking on the recognition and its relevance for her role as a Sustainability Faculty at Lagos Business School, Dr Nwagwu said, “it renews the opportunity through my work at Lagos Business School to partner with industry, government and civil society organisations to take action on key sustainable development goals such as no poverty (Goal 1) zero hunger (Goal 2) and so on. These partnerships are crucial if we are to meet the 2030 deadline to realise the SDGs and thereby ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability for all.”
She added that these partnerships are crucial to the applied capacity-building and research carried out at LBS.
Through its Sustainability Centre, LBS combines theory and practice on sustainability, build leadership skills and support constructive dialogue and collaboration between business, government, civil society and academics to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.