International Center for Sustainable Development, Nigeria (ICSDN) is a  non-governmental, voluntary organisation that is in the vanguard of promoting Sustainable Development in all its ramifications. ICSDN was established in 2002, in response to the need to promote sustainable human development in Nigeria. ICSDN puts into action how human innovativeness can be used to improve the collective welfare of the environment, economy and human society.

Training of Ex-Agitators to lead sustainable and wholesome livelihoods

Vision Statement

In Pursuit of Sustainable Development of Mankind.

Mission Statement

Be a leading body in the promotion of the culture of Sustainable Development in all facets of human life.

The International Centre for Sustainable Development, Nigeria, published the world class book entitled “Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes.”

  • The book chronicled the author well over 26 years’ involvement in training and management of Non-Militant, Restive and Ex-Militant Youths and Persons.
  • In the second edition (unveiled in July, 2019), themes associated with the Reintegration of Civilian JTF Members, De-Radicalized Nigerian Repentant Ex-Boko-Haram Operatives, IDPs and Nigerian Refugees to enable them lead self-reliant, and productive livelihoods were equally introduced.
  • The second edition equally brought to bear a “Sambisa Joint Development Territory (SJDT)” framework to make the Sambisa Forest a security fort and an economic powerhouse for Nigeria.


  • … thank you for your contribution towards enlightening of society on the subject of skills acquisition.

    Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON

    Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • It is our belief that this publication will contribute immensely towards Nigeria’s quest to empower its citizens with vocational skills in order to increase the nation’s productivity and wealth creation.

    Sir Joseph Ntung Ari

    Director-General/Chief Executive, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nigeria
  • The guidance given in the handbook will be useful to Government initiative in the Niger Delta and the North East region of Nigeria.

    Dr Ibe Kachikwu

    Honourable Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum Resources
  • … commends your initiative in promoting skills acquisition for economic empowerment in Nigeria.

    Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar

    Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC)
  • Another very commendable aspect of this book is the systematic arrangement of the various topics, making for easy read. This novel work will definitely add value to the teaching curriculums of tertiary institutions across the country.

    Professor Akpofure Rim-Rukeh

    Deputy Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta State.

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Renowned Research Fellows

Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh

He is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State. He is a specialist in Environmental Management & Toxicology. He has done numerous notable works in areas of sustainable development in the environment. He is a hands-on fellow of the Centre.

Prof. Olukayode Ogunsanwo

He was the Pioneer Coordinator, Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Programme (EPNARP), at the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, from 2010 to 2014 and currently the Pioneer Head of the Department of Forest Production and Products in the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an active fellow of the Centre.

Prof. Joseph Golwa

He is a former Director-General, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja, he was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR in 2006, and was re-appointed for a second term in 2010 by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. Prof. Golwa is equally the pioneer Dean the School of Postgraduate Studies in Bingham University, Karu from 2016. His philosophy is “Peace Promotes Development and progress.” He is a renowned Research Fellow of the Centre.

Dr. Benjamin Onoriode Irikefe

He was the Statement Chairman at the First Presidential Retreat on National Security in 2001 and a Member of the Presidential Panel on National Security in the Presidency from October, 2001 to December, 2002. He also worked under the defunct General Godwin Abbe-led Presidential Committee on Amnesty in 2010. He is the author the "Handbook of Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programmes." He is a pragmatic fellow of the Centre.

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We believe that our tomorrow lies today in the hand of our youths and as such we provide training to youths on how they can foster the sustainable development goals in their various fields.

In doing this, we stimulate eco-industrial revolution by encouraging businesses around the continent to promote its environmental performances.