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Esther Agbon

Esther Agbon

Esther Agbon is a development activist with over 15 years experience in development covering areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Women’s Rights, Enterprise Development, Business Management and Consulting.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and a Master of Project Development and Implementation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  She also has a Diploma in Gender Poverty and Employment from the International Labour Organization.

Esther is an experienced trainer on Human Rights Based Approach, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Leadership, Budget Tracking and Advocacy, Teambuilding, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.

Esther worked for Support and Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), an IFC/World Bank Project for four years (2000 -2004) providing business development services to Medium, Small and Micro enterprises. She also worked for ActionAid Nigeria for 10 years under different capacities, as Programme Advisor- Reproductive Health and Programme Coordinator, Governance.

Presently Esther is the Health Budget Advocacy Advisor with Evidence for Action, Nigeria. Her role involves designing and implementing Public Service Accountability and Advocacy programmes on Health. Esther is also involved in strengthening capacity of community actors to advocate for their right to health and she works with government at all levels to influence the review and adoption of policies that facilitate equitable access to health services.

No Woman Should Die Giving Birth

Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality ratio is one of the worst in Africa. At 576 per 100,000 livebirths and neonatal mortality at 37 per 1000 live births.

How to build skills in budget advocacy to engage government over public budget

Esther Agbon from MamaYe Nigeria shares her experience and passion for budget advocacy with the White Ribbon Alliance in Tanzania.

Budgeting: Zero vs Incremental method

What you need to know about Zero-Based Budgeting, which is now replacing the method of Incremental Budgeting that Nigeria has used for long, and its implication especially for the Ministry of Health.