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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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Note: This summary was written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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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.

Budget More information about project status

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



Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
UK - Home Office 1
UK - Ministry of Defence 1
British Council 1
International Monetary Fund 2
PwC 2
Crown Agents Limited 15
World Bank, The 19
Oxford Policy Management 18
Save the Children UK 4
Action Against Hunger (UK) 4
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 13
WYG International 4
Palladium International Ltd (UK) 11
DAI Global Health 3
Coffey International Development 9
Social Development Direct Limited 3
Christian Aid 3
Adam Smith International 7
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 4
ActionAid International 4
Niger Delta Stakeholders Initiative for Community Development and Empowerment 2
Mercy Corps Europe 5
Triple Line 2
Atos IT Services Ltd 2
British Council 4
BBC Media Action 2
DAI Europe 5
IMC Worldwide 1
IPE Global Private Limited 2
ICF Consulting Services Ltd 2
Overseas Development Institute 2
European Commission - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development 1
International Rescue Committee (UK) 7
International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2
World Food Programme (WFP) 4
International Committee of the Red Cross 2
Norwegian Refugee Council 2
International NGO Safety Organisation 2
World Health Organization (WHO) 2
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 2

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