The Big Issue Lagos, a new and pioneering Nigerian street magazine funded by UNDEF, was launched in November 2011. It is the part of an UNDEF-financed six-country project to use street papers to give marginalized people a platform from which their voices can be heard, encourage active democratic dialogue, and empower citizens to participate in conversations on democracy, human rights and development at local, regional and international levels. The Nigeria paper will also provide much needed jobs and training to people living in poverty in Lagos. In addition to the Nigeria launch, the project also works to strengthen existing street newspapers in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia. The project is implemented by the International Network of Street Papers.