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Idayat Hassan is director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja-based policy advocacy and research organization with a focus on deepening democracy and development in West Africa. Idayat was previously principal program officer and team leader for democratic governance at the CDD. She also helped coordinate the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC). Idayat is a lawyer by profession and has held fellowships in several universities across Europe and America. At present she is a Yale World Fellow (2015) in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Her core interest spans democracy, peace and security, and transitional justice in West Africa.