Shaping Davos 2017

Shaping Davos Objective

Our theme for “Shaping Davos 2017” is “Bridging the Urban Rural Divide”. Through this program, the Abuja Global Shapers Hub will bring together thought leaders, security agents, youths and religious leaders to discuss and explore the rural-urban divide, and proffer solutions to the tensions resulting from this divide.

The Abuja Global Shapers Hub has already had significant success in mobilizing youths as agents of peace through the hubs flagship security project ‘ The Amana Initiative’.  We hope to further amplify this by using “Shaping Davos” as a means to support deeper thinking on promoting rural-urban inclusion around various thematic areas including:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Infrastructure
  • Local governance
  • Security
  • Economic growth and inclusion



Shaping Davos is a conversation amongst policy makers, business executives and the general population aimed at promoting local solutions to global issues. Each year, through live streaming and satellite broadcasts, Shaping Davos connects cities from around the world to discuss topics related to the theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters. The community-wide events provide viewers with unprecedented access to insights from cities and issues in every major region of the world.

This year, the Abuja Hub has been selected as one of the 16 hubs a to bring Davos to their respective communities. We are expected to bring the perspective of our city to the issues being discussed at the 2017 World Economic Forum session in Davos. This year’s topic is “Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide in the context of Radicalization.”

Shaping Davos Abuja will be very interactive with an outcome-oriented format that will be proposed and debated on by the participants. All participants are encouraged to contribute actively and also share the conversations on social media to make the conversation global.

Event details

Venue: Transcorp Hilton Hotel

Date: 17th of Janurary2017

Time: 10am


Event Structure

The event will involve a combination of: Keynote address, Panel Sessions, Shape studio workshops:

Key Note Address

There will be a keynote address by a key political/ religious leader with a deep understanding of rural- urban divide in the context of radicalization. 

Panel Sessions 

There will be two panel discussions:

  • The first discussion is titled “ Understanding the Rural- Urban Divide” and will aim to understand the current rural urban divide across key thematic areas
  • The second discussion is titled “Radicalization and insecurity resulting from the Rural-urban divide”


Shape Studio workshops

As part of the day, we will have a shape studio workshop. The shape studios are breakout sessions in which participants will be given objectives and tasks aimed at stimulating creative problem solving, leading to concrete policy recommendations and strategies to implement these recommendations.

Each studio will have a maximum of 10 members to allow for greater interaction.


Programme at a Glance


Time Activity
9 am-10am Registration
10am-10: 10 am Opening Address

10:40 am

 Key Note Address
10:40am- 10:45am Video over view on the Rural-Urban Divide from 6 other Hubs In Nigeria
10:45am- 11: 30am Fire Starter Session: Responsive and Responsible Leadership


Hon Yusuf Maitama Tuggar

Dr. Ayoade Alakija


Moderator: Chioma Agwue

11:30am- 12:30pm Panel Session 1: Understanding the Rural-Urban divide


Akin Oyebode

Salihu Tanko Yakasai

Saadiya Aliyu

Cynthia Musunmola Umoru


Moderator: Anita Okemini

12:30pm-12: 40pm Spoken word

Sophia Uguine

12:40pm- 1:30pm  Panel Session 2: Radicalization and insecurity resulting from the Rural-urban divide


Amara Nwankpa

Audu Maikori

Ghada Hatem

Abubakar As Siddeeq Muhammad


Moderator: Simi Fajemirokun


2:30 pm

 Shaping Studios
a. Building resilient community Health Systems
b. Bridging the Education gap
c. Shaping a multi-stakeholder approach to tackling insecurity and inclusive local governance system
d. Bridging the economic gap – Agriculture and Food Security
e. Bridging the infrastructure divide: Roads, water, power, housing and technology
2:30pm-3:00pm Lunch Break
3pm- 3:30pm  Shaping Studio Presentations/Debrief
3:30pm-4:00pm Connect to Davos LIVE STREAM SESSION



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