Economic Development for Peace and Stability in Plateau State, NigeriaEU

Economic Development for Peace and Stability in Plateau State, Nigeria

Funding: European Union
Programme Area: Plateau State, Nigeria
Programme Duration: August 2013 – January 2015

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of conflicts and improved peace and stability in Plateau State through employment creation and increased income.

Implementation Area: Selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Plateau State, specifically Jos North, Jos South, Jos East, Bassa, Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, Kanke, Mangu, Langtang North, Langtang South and Wase.

Target groups and beneficiaries

Due to the variety of activities the project has various target groups and beneficiaries. Under the first pillar, MSMEs as well as MFBs are targeted; the final beneficiaries would be those MSMEs that are able to improve their financial situation. The second pillar works with NGOs and lobby groups as well as (potential) business start-ups and MSMEs, with a specific focus on the youth and on women. The third pillar deals with the private sector (MSMEs) as well as the public sector (local governments) on the local level aiming at improving the conditions for businesses in the selected areas. Lastly, the fourth pillar targets participants of the selected value chain, the producers as well the processors who are at the same time the final beneficiaries.

The project objective is pursued via 4 pillars:

  1. The first pillar of the project focuses on financial literacy with the specific objective to increase financial inclusion in Plateau State through improved access to finance for MSMEs and capacity building of selected Microfinance Banks.
  2. The second pillar focuses on capacity building for NGOs and lobby groups on advocacy for economic development issues that are related to peace and security. The specific objective is that those issues are taken up by relevant authorities to create a better base for economic development and employment creation. The second pillar also includes entrepreneurship training for youth and women with the specific objective that potential entrepreneurs are better enabled to set up their own businesses while existing entrepreneurs are more competitive and have better chances to access loans.
  3. The third pillar focuses on improving public-private dialogue (PPD) for economic development with the specific objective to enhance dialogue that will improve the enabling environment for MSMEs and job creation mechanisms at the local level; this is done through the creation and support of Business Development Committees (BDCs) which will bring together stakeholders of the public and private sector.
  4. The fourth pillar focuses on the agricultural value chain for potatoes; the specific objective is to increase productivity and processing in Plateau State.