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DFID's programme of work in Nigeria examined

2 June 2016

International Development Committee hears from Nigerian development experts and the Department for International Development on efforts to improve poverty reduction in Nigeria.


Tuesday 7 June 2016, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster 

At 10.00am

  • Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Associate Professor of African Politics, University of Oxford
  • Dr Caroline Varin, Lecturer in Security and International Organisations, Regent's University London
  • Professor Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies, King's College London

At 10.45am

  • Mr Nick Hurd MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
  • Ben Mellor, Head of Office and Country Representative, DFID Nigeria

Purpose of the Session

The first panel investigates issues relating to conflict and fragility in Nigeria. The Nigerian government continues to face challenges in maintaining peace and security, particularly in the North East with the Boko Haram insurgency, but also with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta and communal conflict in the 'Middle Belt'.

This panel considers DFID's role in tackling the drivers of conflict, delivering humanitarian aid to those affected and supporting a transition from humanitarian to longer term development assistance.

The Committee then questions Mr Nick Hurd MP, DFID Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, on a wide range of issues relating to the Department's programming in Nigeria.

This includes efforts to improve governance, tackle corruption, support economic development, help deliver basic services and support poverty reduction in the face of conflict and fragility.

Further information

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