• Financial System Development

    Financial System Development

    Financial System Development Supports to improve the regulatory environment for microfinance and the performance of selected microfinance banks, assess possibilities to support financial institutions to increase their MSME lending activities, facilitate the introduction of microinsurance products, as well as activities to foster financial literacy and consumer protection in the financial sector.

  • Business Enabling Environment Reforms

    Business Enabling Environment Reforms

    Support to improve the regulatory and institutional environment for MSMEs at local, state and federal levels. This is being achieved by strengthening the capacities of stakeholders from the public and private sector in advocating and implementing reforms that result into better performing MSMEs with increased incomegenerated and sustained employment.

  • Trade Policy and Facilitation

    Trade Policy and Facilitation

    Reducing administrative hurdles to domestic and intra-regional trade by removing physical trade barriers and supporting border management reforms; facilitating evidence-based policy making; sensitising the private sector including MSMEs on the potentials and procedures of intra-ECOWAS trade; as well as promoting Nigerian exports into the sub-region.

  • Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Value Chains (VCs)

    Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Value Chains (VCs)

    SEDIN has selected four VCs: sheanut/-butter in Niger (after recorded success in five years, this value chain will be replaced by another VC to be selected soon), cassava in Ogun, potato in Plateau and construction with a focus on the low-cost housing sector as a cross-cutting non-agricultural VC in all states.

  • Cross-Cutting Themes

    Cross-Cutting Themes

    SEDIN recognizes that women play a fundamental role in moving the Nigerian economy forward and therefore aims at increasing their participation in economic activities in its programme states. With her HIV mainstreaming strategy, it ensures that HIV does not negate the success and attainment of its goals and also contribute towards reducing the spread of HIV in its programme states.


The overall objective of the ‘Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria’ (SEDIN) programme is to increase employment and income generation for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Target Group:

The target group of SEDIN are the owners and employees of MSMEs as well as the members of other economically active low-income households.

Implementation Period:

April 2011 – July 2014 (First Phase)
April 2014 – March 2017 (Second Phase)

Implementation Area:

Federal Level, State(s) Level (Plateau, Niger and Ogun State), Local Level (selected LGAs)


The programme started in its first phase from April 2011 until July 2014 (First Phase Factsheet) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – www.giz.de). It is continued in a second phase from April 2014 until March 2017 (Second Phase Factsheet). In line with Nigeria’s national development strategy, the Vision 20:2020, and the Financial Systems Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020), the programme has the objective to enable key actors from the public, private and financial sector to plan and implement reforms for improving the business and investment climate, enhance competitiveness and add value to domestic resources as well as improving access to financial services for MSMEs.

The programme objective is pursued via four units (for details on the units, please click on the links):

  • Unit 1 – Financial System Development
  • Unit 2 – Business Enabling Environment Reforms
  • Unit 3 – Trade Policy and Facilitation
  • Unit 4 – Agricultural and Non-agricultural Value Chains (VCs)

To raise the effectiveness and sustainability of these measures, up-scaling has been planned from the outset. The results of the supported pilot measures of individual states will be disseminated to other states via peer-learning to set an example and enhance the sustainability and broad impact of reforms.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise entirely owned by the Federal Government of Germany, supporting it in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Most of our work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as German states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank.”