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Our History
Upline Resources Foundation (URF) came into being in 1999 partly in response to a need for collective action to deal with environmental issues in the Ijapo housing estate, issues that the President and CEO, Professor Ilemobade championed and partly a response to the encouragement by a longtime friend, Mrs. Sadie Flucas, then Director of Public Policy Institute at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn Illinois. When in 1997 Professor Ilemobade was on sabbatical leave in South Africa, he became involved in the transfer of technology to resource-poor farmers in KwaZulu-Natal Province and so became more interested in community development that, on his return to Nigeria, he decided to pursue similar route. On the recommendation of Mrs. Sadie Flucas, he attended Deliberative Democracy workshops on Public Deliberation organized by Kettering Foundation of Dayton, USA. This approach became foundational to many of URF programme areas. We presently function in six main programme areas: Nigeria Public Issues Forum, Partnership in promoting Public Education and Public Health, Partnership in Community Development, Development and Support of Civil Society Organizations, Youth and Female Empowerment and Sustainable Environmental Protection.

URF is a registered company limited by guarantee, with late Justice S.F. Adeloye, retired Chief Judge of Ondo State as Foundation Chair and late Dr. John Alakuro as Secretary, and four other eminent Nigerians as Board members. URF has successfully applied Public Deliberation in workshops on Truancy, Electoral Process, the scourge of HIV/AIDS and Environmental Sanitation to empower over 100 persons, mostly from civil society organizations to become skilled moderators, with financial and instructional materials support from the Ondo State Government, Kettering Foundation and Council on Public Policy Education of the USA.

As a result of the training that some of the participants received in the Nigeria Public Issues Forum (NPIF) workshops and their subsequent involvement in the work of URF, several have been selected to attend related workshops in the US. NPIF workshops have been conducted on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, and at the African Leadership Forum in Ota, Ogun State. Four Discussion Guides have been published, namely: “Truancy in Schools: How can we reverse the trend?”, “Electoral Process: How can we gain confidence in the System?”, “Scourge of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria: The way forward” and “Evironmental Sanitation: The challenge of waste disposal in Ondo State.”

A spin-off of forums held with teenage girls in Ondo State, was the issue of teenage pregnancy. Consequently Mrs Flucas and URF collaborated to establish what was initially called “The Girls Project”, but which was later christened “Angelica’s Hope” because Mrs. Flucas’ interest and concern for the girls was similar to that she showed for her own granddaughter, Angelica. This project was designed to achieve the following goal: equip high school girls to be able to take decisions when confronted with complex issues that require choices to be made; raise their consciousness of the important roles of women in national development; increase their awareness about the responsibility and capacity to influence and participate in the political process; develop their communication skills in English language and establish deliberative clubs in the target schools and communities as a means of reaching out to other colleagues and members of the communities.

When the girls who participated in the programme returned to their villages, for example, in Ibulesoro, Ifedore Local Government Authority (LGA), they were so excited about their experience of city life. They told their parents about what they have learned at the forums on HIV/AIDS, the need for them to be fully aware of the causes of the disease, its transmission and prevention. Subsequent survey of the performances of the girls revealed that not only had their communication skills improved considerably, but also their confidence, to the extent that their parents wanted their other children to participate. Support for the Girls’ Project came primarily from individuals in Nigeria and the United States of America.

URF has been and still is, implementing micro-projects in Ondo State in partnership with the European Union and rural communities as part of overall development of the Niger-Delta oil producing States. URF has also collaborated with the UNDP, Abuja as well as FUNDAR, Mexico on popularizing Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria, bringing succor to communities suffering from lack of potable water by facilitating the provision through Australian High Commission in Nigeria and in collaboration with African Leadership Forum, Ota, Ogun State Nigeria, train potential leaders in Nigeria and other African countries in the practice of deliberative democracy. .
Our Vision
Our vision is that Nigerian communities will be places where individual members, irrespective of sex, level of education or ethnic origin, have a sense of worth and, working together, are able to create sustaining institutions and healthy communities.
Our Mission
Our mission is to help Nigerian communities increase their capacity to self-identify and prioritize their needs, develop and implement self-help strategies for the purpose of improving the quality of life in their local community, their state and the nation; and to increase the level of their participation in the democratic process.

This will be achieved by working in collaboration with communities, civil society organizations and other institutions to conduct public forums, engage in community development activities, improve public health and education, conduct training for civil society organizations, develop and implement sustainable environmental protection programmes and conduct youth and gender-focused projects.
Who We Are
Upline Resources Foundation is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization with a mission to promote a healthy society through:
  • Nigeria Public Issues Forum (NPIF)
  • Partnership in promoting Public Education and Public Health
  • Partnership in Community Development.
  • Development and support of Civil Society Organizations.
  • Youths and Gender-based issues.
  • Sustainable environmental protection.

"The Foundation does not provide grants, but will partner or collaborate with organisations with similar goals."

Our Constituency
Our constituency includes citizens and organizations interested in the empowerment of citizens to fully participate in Nigeria's multi-ethnic democratic society.