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15.02.2018 - Article

Development Policy is a cross-cutting task of the German policy. It touches on economic, financial, social and ecological areas of German foreign policy, while at the same time being understood to be the global structural policy that contributes to peace and security. The overarching objective of German development policy is to fight poverty.

The German government has set the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals as its goal, which includes reducing extreme poverty worldwide by half by the year 2015. German efforts in development aid identify the fight against poverty as an overall target.

The German Development Cooperation (EZ) focuses worldwide on a total of about 50 partner countries.

Overview: Development Cooperation in Nigeria

Bilateral development cooperation was suspended during the Abacha dictatorship (1993-98), with only projects in progress continuing until completion. The country’s return to democracy in 1999 paved the way for a resumption of cooperation with Germany and other former donor countries. 

The priority area in German development cooperation with Nigeria is promoting sustainable economic development with a focus on small and medium-sized companies. There is also a consulting programme on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Through its Financial Cooperation, the Federal Government is also helping to fight polio in northern Nigeria. A programme to provide financial support to smallholders is designed to improve their market opportunities. Through funding provided by the KfW Development Bank, Germany is also making an important contribution to establishing Nigeria’s National Development Bank.
Since development cooperation with Nigeria began, Germany has pledged funds worth a total of some EUR 600 million, approximately two-thirds under Financial Cooperation and one-third under Technical Cooperation.

The Small Scale Fund

The German Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos can provide limited assistance to projects benefitting groups and self-help organizations and/or institutions. This “Small Scale Project Fund” aims at contributing to improve the economic and social situation of less privileged people in Nigeria. This fund is directly administered by the Geman Embassy/ Consulate General. 

Under the Small Project Fund, the Embassy/ the Consulate General can provide financial assistance to local non-governmental organizations, community groups and self-help groups for the implementation of community development projects. 


Documents for download

If you are interested in the German Embassy's/ Consulate General's Small Scale Fund, please read through our guidelines.

If you have a specific project that matches our requirements, you can download the application form here.

•          Application form for the Small Scale Fund  

•          Guidelines for the Small Scale Fund

Humanitarian Aid

The Embassy acts as a point of contact for the Nigerian government, United Nations aid organizations and independent non-governmental organizations regarding all humanitarian issues. Germany has donated around 66 Mio € to United Nations aid organizations and independent non-governmental organizations to combat the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s North-East and the Lake Chad area in 2016.   The German government is very concerned with the gravity of the humanitarian crisis and  will continue to closely monitor the situation. The Federal Foreign Office will remain in close contact with the Nigerian government and important stakeholders on pressing humanitarian needs in 2017 and what can be done to effectively alleviate them.


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