Economic Development for Peace and Stability in Plateau State, NigeriaEU

Deepening Economic Development for Peace and Stability in Plateau State, Nigeria

Funding: European Union
Programme Area: Plateau State, Nigeria
Programme Duration: April 2015 – March 2017

For activities that have been carried out under the first phase of the EU project, please click here.

Several activities have been carried out for the second phase so far. Those include:

  • Development of Financial Literacy Training material. GIZ conducted a need assessment to find out what training content the target group of Financial Literacy trainings (i.e. (potential) microfinance bank clients, MSMEs, economically active poor) requires. Based on those results, GIZ revised existing Financial Literacy modules and developed new modules to match the target group’s needs. Factsheets for 13 Financial Literacy modules, learning activities and a coaching have been developed that will be used for equipping 100 trainers from organisations like Apurimac, Search for Common Ground, Cowan, etc. and 100 multipliers who are members from Business Development Committees
  • A second road show of the edutainment movie ‘E go better – The Microfinance Way’ had been conducted. The movie was showcased in 6 rural areas within Plateau State. Staff members of microfinance banks (MFB) and members of the cast were present during the road shows for a question and answering session on Financial Literacy.
  • The Financial radio programme ‘Talk Moni’ - which was initially produced in phase 1 - has been updated. The programme is aired at three local radio stations in Plateau (Peace FM, Unity FM and Rhythm FM).
  • Four MFBs were supported with promotional material and technical equipment for several activities and events during the World Savings Day, which is celebrated on October, the 31st. Additionally a joint event between the Central Bank of Nigeria and GIZ was organised in the Hwolshe Government Secondary School to increase awareness regarding the importance of saving and other financial literacy topics.
  • The production of another edutainment movie is ongoing. This time the movie is about microinsurance and it is called ‘E go better 2 – The Microinsurance Way’
  • Seven Business Development Committees have been set up in the first phase. Those are platforms where public and private can come together to discuss business relevant topics and policies and also security issues. BDC refresher trainings were conducted to re-strengthen the BDC that were formed during the first phase. Strong members of BDCs were identified that will roll out the BDC concept to the three local government areas (LGAs) in Plateau which have not yet had a BDC, namely Mikang, Kanam and Quan’Pan LGA. The roll out is guided by the BDC network for Plateau State.
  • 200 MSMEs with export potential have been identified in Plateau State. They participated in two workshops on legal and procedural requirements for obtaining registration. The business registration is the first step for the formal registration under the ECOWAS Trade Liberation Scheme which allows the MSMEs to export their products into the ECOWAS region. So far, ten MSMEs were formally registered as Limited Liability Companies. This process was facilitated by a legal advisor.
  • The Farmer Business School has been adapted to potato farmers. The Farmer Business School (FBS) approach aims to build the capacity of small-scale farmers holistically. Focus is given not only to agricultural skills and knowledge, but also in view of business skills of individual farmers and cooperatives. FBS has been developed initially and successfully implemented by GIZ in cooperation with local partners in the West African cocoa sector. The FBS has now been adapted to the potato sector, especially for potato farmer on the Plateau. The FBS will roll out to 5,000 farmers.