Helpman was incorporated in Nigeria as “The Helpman Development Institute LTD/GTE” in March 2020 with the mission to strengthen the otherwise tenuous nexus between academia, industry, policy and development support toward improving public policy effectiveness and advancing socio economic development in the country.

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School Of Economics


School of Economics


Welcome to Helpman Institute school of economics, an institute dedicated to provide rigorous training in modern economic theories and techniques. Our school is committed to fostering a deep understanding of economic principles, rigorous research, and practical applications that shape the global economy. Our courses are designed to equip students with the ability to address local, state, national and global challenges in public policy.


  • To build globally competitive capabilities in applied microeconomics fields.
  • To develop risk management competencies in political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental, financial and security (the PESTLEFS) issues.

Historical Information

The School of Economics was founded in 2022 as a branch of the Helpman Development Institute. Its primary focus is on promoting public policy and addressing policy challenges. A crucial aspect of this is the ability to analyze and anticipate the impact of public policy, as well as evaluate interventions, in order to make well-informed and evidence-based policy decisions and recommendations.

The school offers certificate courses in Public Policy and Risk Management, which integrates various elements such as research, theory, and practice. The courses are designed to equip participants with analytical frameworks that facilitate their understanding of the policy process. Spanning a year, it provides students with both quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques required to conduct public policy research based on evidence. Furthermore, the course engages students with real-world and global case studies supervised by experienced HDI faculty, enabling them to develop effective policy recommendations.


Certificate program in public policy(C3P)

Since its inception, one of HDI’s core objectives is strengthening training and capacity-building for public policy research, analysis, and engagement. This is to contribute to building a strong foundation in microeconomic theory and micro econometrics and also introduce students to applied microeconomics fields including industrial organization, labor, health, population, public and environmental economics. The certificate program is building its participants with analytical frameworks for thinking about the public policy process and analyzing policy success and failure. The program will also widen their analytical insight into the public policy sector to engage more efficiently with future analysis.

Course duration

This course is a one-year program that is divided into three categories.

  1. First Semester: During this semester, students will undergo Midterm Examination and Final Examination. They will also have 10 quizzes and 10 assignments each week, following the schedule set by the instructors.
  2. Second Semester: The structure of this semester follows the same pattern as the first semester. Students will again have Midterm Examination, Final Examination, 10 quizzes, and 10 assignments per week.
  3. Research Phase: In this category, each student will have the opportunity to engage in rigorous research focused on various subfields of micro-theory within the field of strong microeconomics.


  1. The objective of the program is to provide rigorous training for talented Nigerians and those who have an interest in exploring topical issues in diverse policy fields and settings, and to be able to provide solutions to diverse issues when needed.
  2. To get talented trained Nigerian students into graduate school in the US for their future benefit and expect them to come back and implement what they have learned during the study. We understand that the courses may not be easy in the US, that is why we provide tutorials of what they are expected to learn in the US here at Helpman.
  3. Building capacity for public policy on Microeconomics, Mathematics for Economics, Econometrics and Statistics.

Course Outline

  • Microeconomics Theory
  • Mathematics for economics
  • Statistics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Policy Impact and Evaluation
  • Game Theory
  • Research

Risk management

Risk management

The aim of this course is to assist individuals in assessing different types of risks and establishing risk limits. It will delve into explaining the fundamental factors that drive each type of risk and outline the necessary steps for selecting probability distributions to estimate risk. Moreover, the program incorporates practical elements such as case studies, research projects, and group discussions, enabling students to apply the acquired concepts in real-world scenarios. Additionally, industry experts will deliver guest lectures, offering students valuable insights from the field and fostering networking opportunities.

Course duration

This program consists of two semesters: the first semester and the second semester, spanning a total duration of one year.

Team of Experts

  • Dr. Olumide Taiwo
  • Jafar Annafi
  • Nafiu Juleidu
  • Emmanuel Vincent
  • Muhammad Buhari Isa
  • Edifofon Akpan

Course Outline

  • Introduction To Risk Management (4 credit)
  • Financial Risk Management (5 credit)
  • Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management (4credit)
  • Risk Modelling and Simulation (5 credit)
  • Project (3 credit)

Key Takes

We foster a collaborative environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We will regularly host distinguished speakers, conferences, and workshops to facilitate intellectual exchange and stimulate debate on key economic issues. These events will provide students, faculty, and the wider public with valuable insights from prominent economists, policymakers, and industry leaders.

We take pride in our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. We strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students from all backgrounds, fostering a rich cultural and intellectual exchange.

Whether you are a prospective student, a professional looking to enhance your skills, or a researcher seeking collaboration, Join us in shaping the future of economic thinking, policy-making, and global prosperity.