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Nigeria is Africa’s biggest country by population and its second largest economy. It has the world’s 10th largest proven oil reserves and the 9th largest natural gas reserves. The UK-Nigeria trade relationship was worth £4 billion in 2015 and has the potential to grow significantly in the future. Nigeria is therefore a significant trade and investment partner for the UK in Africa. However, Nigeria faces a number of challenges to its future growth and development. Conflict continues to affect its oil-rich delta region and there is a violent Islamist insurgency in its north-east which has caused a humanitarian crisis. Despite significant natural resources, around a third of Nigerians (60 million) live below the national poverty line with around another third just above; many of them are highly vulnerable and at risk of being trafficked to the UK. The government of Nigeria is taking the lead to tackle these issues, but struggles with corruption, as well as the necessary capacity and resources. The UK is focused on helping Nigeria overcome these challenges.

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People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source


Children supported to gain a decent education.

2015 - 2020, Source


Women and girls using modern methods of family planning through DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source


People reached with humanitarian assistance (food aid, cash and voucher transfers) through DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source


Children under 5, women (of childbearing age) and adolescent girls reached by DFID through nutrition-related interventions.

2015 - 2020, Source


People with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation through DFID support.

2015 - 2020, Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

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Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.



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Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 1
Obafemi Awolowo University 1
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 7
DAI Europe 9
Oxford Policy Management 9
Baker Tilly Nigeria 12
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) 7
BBC Media Action 2
British Council 4
Atos IT Services Ltd 2
Triple Line 2
Coffey International Development 9
Mercy Corps Europe 2
Niger Delta Stakeholders Initiative for Community Development and Empowerment 2
ActionAid International 4
National Democratic Institute 2
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 7
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 4
Christian Aid 2
Overseas Development Institute 2
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 9
ICF Consulting Services Ltd 2
Save the Children UK 2
World Bank, The 4
European Commission - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development 1
Adam Smith International 2
WYG International 4
International Rescue Committee (UK) 4
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2
Ecorys 2
World Health Organization (WHO) 2
King's College London 1
University of Birmingham 1

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