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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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Implementing Partners (Beta) UK - National Crime Agency (1) ¦ UK - Ministry of Defence (1) ¦ British Council (1) ¦ International Monetary Fund (2) ¦ Crown Agents Limited (22) ¦ World Bank, The (20) ¦ Coffey International Development (10) ¦ IMC Worldwide (4) ¦ Oxford Policy Management (23) ¦ Save the Children UK (4) ¦ Action Against Hunger (UK) (4) ¦ United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (13) ¦ WYG International (2) ¦ Palladium International Ltd (UK) (10) ¦ AECOM (17) ¦ Mercy Corps Europe (7) ¦ Adam Smith International (6) ¦ Mott MacDonald Limited (4) ¦ PwC (2) ¦ DAI Europe (8) ¦ DAI Global Health (3) ¦ Social Development Direct Limited (3) ¦ Christian Aid (3) ¦ 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) ¦ Triple Line (2) ¦ Atos IT Services Ltd (2) ¦ British Council (4) ¦ BBC Media Action (4) ¦ IPE Global Private Limited (2) ¦ ICF Consulting Services Ltd (2) ¦ European Commission - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (1) ¦ World Food Programme (WFP) (4) ¦ International Committee of the Red Cross (2) ¦ International NGO Safety Organisation (2) ¦ International Rescue Committee (UK) (3) ¦ United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (2) ¦ Sightsavers (2) ¦ TechnoServe (2) ¦


Children under five and pregnant women reached through DFID's nutrition-relevant programmes

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children supported by DFID in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Unique people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Additional women using modern methods of family planning through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


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


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