PRESS RELEASE June 11, 2015
For Immediate Release PR-026/2015
United States Provides Additional Assistance to Displaced
Populations in Northeast Nigeria
The on-going conflict in Nigeria’s Northeast has created a complex humanitarian and economic crisis that has affected millions of people. In addition to the 1.5 million people displaced from their homes, many more have shouldered the responsibility of supporting friends and family members who have fled the fighting. Everyone in the Northeast has felt the economic impact of the insurgency as trade and agricultural production have stopped in many areas. The challenge of responding to this situation is daunting for the affected communities and states, as well as the federal government.
USAID’s flagship agricultural project in Nigeria is under the U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, also known as Feed the Future.
As the 2015 general elections approach, political competition and Nigeria’s regional and ethnic tensions are on the rise. USAID supports electoral and political processes through targeted assistance to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), domestic election observation efforts, and political party development. Current USAID elections assistance includes a focus on non-violence acknowledging that the 2011 elections were the most violent in Nigeria’s history with 800 fatalities in three days and over 65,000 displaced
The Nigerian government has signed a $100 million grant agreement with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), an initiative partially funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant will support Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Sokoto states to increase reading and writing skills, include more girls in basic education, and create a robust monitoring and evaluation system for the education sector.
Last updated: June 25, 2015