GIZ has worked in Nigeria since 1974. From 2004, GIZ has maintained a country officein the capital city Abuja. At present, 37 seconded experts, 187 Nigerian and regional experts and four integrated experts work for GIZ in Nigeria.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy. With a population of over 177 million people, an abundance of natural resources, and a diversifying economy, Nigeria is not only a regional power but is set to become an increasingly important player in Africa and the world. However, Nigeria faces major challenges. So far, its substantial oil revenues have had little impact on poverty, as more than two-thirds of the population still live in extreme poverty. Of recent, falling oil-prices, a devaluating currency, slow job creation and rising inflation remain major concerns.
As agreed between the Nigerian and German Governments, GIZ’s activities since 2002 have focused mainly on sustainable economic development and energy. The ‘Pro-poor Growth and Employment Promotion in Nigeria’ (SEDIN) programme aims to increase employment and income generation for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises , and to improve access to financial services. The programme is currently being implemented in Abuja and in Niger, Ogun and Plateau states.
In the energy field, GIZ provides advisory services to Nigerian partners on how to improve conditions for access to, application of and investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification.
GIZ also engages in education, security, agriculture and regional integration. Apart from a programme to support National Police structures, GIZ is assisting the Nigerian Government’s Safe Schools Initiative, which aims to provide schooling for students affected by the insurgency in the country’s North-East.
GIZ supports the Nigerian component of a global programme improving income, employment and food security in the agricultural sector.
On the regional level, GIZ supports the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in the areas of organisational development; trade and customs policy; and peace and security. Two regional agricultural programmes support the competitiveness and market access of rice and cocoa smallholders, providing sustainable improvements in the livelihoods and food security of poor farmers.
A distinctive feature of GIZ’s activities in Nigeria is the high level of financial contributions obtained from other sources - primarily the European Union (EU) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds make it possible to broaden the scope and intensity of the programmes being implemented, thereby boosting the effectiveness of German Development Cooperation with Nigeria.
GIZ in Nigeria
Projects and Programmes
Economic development and employment