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        Steering State, Rowing Communities: Governing Conditional Cash Transfers through Community-Based Mechanisms in Nigeria


Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2019). “Who is a Child? The Politics of Human Rights, the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC), and Child Marriage in Nigeria,” in Gabriel Blouin-Genest, Sylvie Paguerot, and Marie-Christine Doran (Eds.), Human Rights as Battlefield: Emergence, Translation, and Contestation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2019). “Old-Age Poverty, Human Rights, and Social Protection for the Elderly in Nigeria,” in Raymond M. Izarali, Oliver Masakure, and Bonny Ibhawoh (Eds.), Expanding Perspectives on Human Rights in Africa. New York: Routledge.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2018). “Reinventing African Development Planning in the 21st Century,” in Adebayo Olukoshi (Ed.), Envisioning Development Prospects in Africa. Dakar: Amalion Publishing.

  • Oriola, Tope, and Olabanji Akinola (2018), “Ideational Dimensions of the Boko Haram Phenomenon.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 41:8, 595-618.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). “The Political Economy of Chinese and Indian Trade, Aid, and Investments in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 52(6): 824-837.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). “Combating Corruption for Development in Nigeria: A Securitization Approach,” in Toyin Falola and Jamaine Abidogun (Eds.), Issues in African Political Economies. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). “The Elusive Quest for Peace: Boko Haram and the Hollowness of Nigeria’s Counterinsurgency Strategy and Weak Security Architecture,” in James J. Hentz and Solomon Hussein (eds.), Understanding Boko Haram: Terrorism and Insurgency in Africa. New York: Routledge.

  • Akinola, Olabanji and Mopelolade Ogunbowale (2017). “Re-Centering Culture in the Discourse on Development Administration in Africa: Remedies for Nigeria,” in Gbenga Afolayan and Akeem Ayofe Akinwale (Ed.), Global Perspectives on Development Administration and Cultural Change. Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). “Between Progress, Stasis and Reversals: An Analysis of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria,’’ in Manmohan Agarwal, Hany Besada and Leah McMillan (Eds.), Millennium Development Goals: Achievement, Economic Growth, and Social Activism. Bristol: Policy Press.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2015), “Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: Between Islamic Fundamentalism, Politics, and Poverty.” African Security, 8.1: 1-29.

  • Efobi, Uchenna, Olabanji Akinola, and Motunrayo Oshikomaya (2015). “Worker’s Deviant Behaviour in the Business Outfit of a Nigerian University: Situating Policies with Empirics.” Journal of African Business, 16.3: 339-357.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014). “Federalist Deliberative Democracy in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges,” in Juan Esteban Ugarriza and Didier Caluwerts (Eds.), Democratic Deliberation in Deeply Divided Societies: From Conflict to Common Ground. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013). “Africa’s Third Independence: a sine qua non for Development,” in Nathan Andrews, N. Ernest Khalema, Temitope Oriola, and Isaac Odoom (Eds.), Africa Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on ‘Development.’ Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013). “The Rebirth of a Nation: Nollywood and the Remaking of Modern Nigeria.” The Global South, 7.1: 11-29.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013). “Global Energy Governance: Making a Case for a World Energy Organization.” Paterson Review of International Affairs, 13: 69-83.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2012). “Social Protection of the Poor in Africa: Whither Conditional Cash Transfers?” Potentia: Journal of International and Public Affairs, 4: 89-93.


Book Reviews

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2016). Review of Marito Garcia and Charity M.T. Moore’s, The Cash Dividend: The Rise of Cash Transfer Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa (2012), in Canadian Journal of Development Studies 37(1): 125-127.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2016). Review of Sakah Saidu Mahmud’s, Sharia or Shura: The Contending Approaches to Muslim Politics in Nigeria and Senegal. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network Project, Kujenga Amani. Published March 10, 2016. Available at http://forums.ssrc.org/kujenga-amani/2016/03/10/sharia-or-shura-contending-approaches-to-muslim-politics-in-nigeria-and-senegal-by-sakah-saidu-mahmud/#.VwzIiI-cHIU

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013). Review of Abou Jeng’s (2012), Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy, and Practice. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network Project, Kujenga Amani. Published January 16, 2013. Available at http://forums.ssrc.org/kujenga-amani/2013/01/16/peacebuilding-in-the-african-union-law-philosophy-and-practice-by-abou-jeng/

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2013). Review of Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills’s (2012), Africa’s Third Liberation: The New Search for Prosperity and Jobs, in International Journal, 68 (2013): 411-413.


  • Akinola, Olabanji (2016). “Conditional Cash Transfers in Africa: Limitations and Potentials.” Southern Africa Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) Policy Brief series 6/2016. Available at: http://www.saspen.org/brief/SASPENbrief-2016-6-Akinola.pdf

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2016), “Rethinking the Design and Implementation of Nigeria’s COPE CCT Programme.” UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. One Pager policy brief series, No. 330. Available at: http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/OP330_Rethinking_the_design_and_implementation_of_Nigeria_s_COPE.pdf

  • Popoola, Labode, Olabanji Akinola, and Olawale Olayide (2014). “Building Bridges: Towards Inclusive Intergenerational Leadership for Sustainable Development in Africa.” Policy Brief, Issue 2, July 2014. Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Available at: http://cesdev.ui.edu.ng/sites/default/files/cesdevpolicybrief2014.pdf

Policy briefs


  • Interviewed on Canadian response to US-Mexico trade deal by Lincoln Louttit of by CTV News. https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/northerners-watching-u-s-trade-talks-closely-1.4071613

  • Interviewed on the Rights of Women and Children in Nigeria by Nozhan Etezad of Jamie Pouya (the Active Society) Magazine. Published in Jamie Pouya Number 1. Pages, 66-67, 2015.

  • Interviewed on 2015 General Elections in Nigeria by Yasin Yaylar of Strategic Outlook. Available at http://www.strategicoutlook.org/africa/news-interview-on-nigeria-election-with-olabanji-akinola-by-yasin-yaylar.html

Media Interviews


  • Akinola, Olabanji (2018). “Ease Into Canada: A Business Toolkit.” Toolkit for the Ease into Canada Toolkit project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) to support integration of immigrants into employment in Canada.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2018). “Ease Into Canada: A SWOT Analysis.” Report on Ease Into Canada program at Danby Appliances as part of “Ease into Canada Toolkit project” funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI).

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). “Beyond Maiduguri: Understanding Boko Haram’s Rule in Rural Communities of Northeastern Nigeria.” POMEPS Studies 27, pp. 70 – 73.

  • Efobi, Uchenna, Olabanji Akinola, and Motunrayo Oshikomaya (2015). “Worker’s Deviant Behaviour in the Business Outfit of a Nigerian University: Situating Policies with Empirics.” The Association of African Young Economist (AAYE) Policy Research Working Paper Series. Vol. 3. No. 28.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014). “Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency.” The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network Project, Kujenga Amani. Published February 25, 2014. Available at http://forums.ssrc.org/kujenga-amani/2014/02/25/refilling-the-vacuum-responding-to-the-boko-haram-insurgency/

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2014). “Nigeria’s COPE CCT programme and its premature’ graduation strategy, any hope for participants’ human capital development?” Contribution to ‘povertics’ Institute of Development Studies, UK, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction research team’s blog on Graduation and Social Protection, 8 May 2014. Available at http://vulnerabilityandpoverty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/nigerias-cope-cct-programme-and-its.html

  • Stefan Kuuskne, Ingebord Aase Mork Knutsen, Amprofi Agyemang, Alexandra Lamb, Olabanji Akinola, Sustainable Water Use and Management: Leadership for Positive Changed Management, Official Report of the GIWEH/UNEP Symposium May 2009.

Reports, Working Papers, and Online Essays


  • Akinola, Olabanji (2017). Governing Social Protection in Developing Countries through Community-Based Targeting Mechanisms: A Case Study of Nigeria’s “In Care of the People” Conditional Cash Transfer Programme. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science and International Development Studies Dissertation. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10424

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2011). Securitizing Corruption for Development in Nigeria: An Agenda for Action. Master of Arts (M.A.) Major Research Paper. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2010). The Patterns of Chinese and Western Trade, Aid, and Investments in Africa: A Comparison. Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies (specialization: Political Science) Thesis. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Akinola, Olabanji (2007). Nigeria in a Globalized World. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Political Science Thesis. University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Theses and Dissertation