Nigeria: Care Policy Evaluation 2022

Nigeria possesses one of the fastest growing economies in the world. However, Nigeria’s care policies remain stagnant. With an overall GCPI score of 3.16/10.00, Nigeria’s score is primarily brought down by a lack of care policy protections for family caregivers.

In Sub-Index A, Nigeria scores 2.18/10.00. This score reflects a lack of paternity leave, dependent care leave, and flexible working policies. Overall, even Nigeria’s maternity leave policies fall short of the ILO recommended guidelines on duration and remuneration.

In Sub-Index B, Nigeria scores slightly better with 4.13/10.00. While domestic workers are excluded from most laws, they are entitled to pensions and workplace injury compensation. However, working and living conditions remain wholly unregulated for domestic workers.

You can read more about Nigeria’s care policies in the Country and Technical reports here.

Nigeria Country Profile

Nigeria Country and Technical Report. Nigeria’s laws offer limited coverage for domestic workers, granting them entitlements to workplace injury benefit and pensions. However, domestic workers remain excluded from a vast majority of labor laws. Nigerian law also fails to offer dependent leave, flexible working arrangements, and adoptive leave to family caregivers across the country. As such, Nigeria is ranked as “Emerging” with a score of 3.16 on the GCPI.

South Africa Country Profile

South Africa Country and Technical Report. Download here. South Africa performed well in the GCPI compared to most Upper Middle-Income Countries due to progress on caregiving and domestic labor protections. For Sub-Index A, South Africa had robust parental leave but lacked flexible work arrangements and dependant leave care policies. Critically, South Africa also lacked regulatory and policy architecture to support and protect its growing migrant domestic worker labor force.