• Where we work

    Where we work

On the local level, activities focus on selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the 3 states. In Niger State these include 9 LGAs: Kontagora, Suleja, Bosso, Bida, Rijau, Shiroro, Rafi, Wushishi and New Bussa. In Plateau state, 7 have been selected including Jos North, Jos South, Mangu, Langtang and Bokkos, Kanke and Barkin Ladi. In Ogun state, 9 LGAs: Ijebu Ode; Ijebu North; Ogun waterside; Sagamu; Obafemi – Owode; Abeokuta North; Yewa South; Yewa North and Ipokia). 

Financial System Development

The SEDIN programme partners currently with 74 out of more than 90 licensed MFBs in the three partner states: Niger, Ogun and Plateau. 8 partner MFBs operate with state licenses, while 66 are unit MFBs which have an equity capital requirement of NGN 20 million and are restricted to operate with one office and approved cash points in their defined LGA. The following links provide you information on the number and categorization of the partner MFBs, the performance of the sector in the states and specific capacity building intervention of SEDIN programme: Niger StatePlateau StateOgun State.

Business Enabling Environment Reforms

The areas of support are: strengthening selected local government authorities; support to public private stakeholders’ dialogue, tax harmonization and awareness for MSMEs, business registration and small business radio program.

On the local level, the specific support centres upon: capacity building, advocacy, technical assistance (supporting the establishment of BDC networks), public private dialogue facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, awareness raising and exchange of information strengthening in selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the 3 states. Other key partners for the Local level interventions include Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Local Government Service Commission that are responsible for the supervision of administration of local authorities. 

Strengthening selected local governments’ authorities in the states

Activities implemented in Ogun state at Local Level are: Diagnostic Studies of 14 LGAs; Local Economic Development awareness workshop for public and private sectors, Business Development Committee workshop facilitation ( this led to the establishment of BDC in the nine LGAs); Advocacy training for BDC; Business Enabling Environment Constraints Studies; Resource Mobilization and Networking Training for BDC Members; Rapid Assessment of the LGA Department of Planning; Business Roundtable of energy production for MSMEs; Gender and Governance Training for LGA Officials; Public Private Dialogue on Security, Power and Business Registration in Selected LGAs.

The capacities and performance amongst LGAs vary substantially. For example, the availability and maintenance of business information data interface with Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) and MSME stakeholders and/or the existence of a Revenue Mobilizing Plan, to raise local public investment income. Altogether, it has observed low catching of funds at the local level. The varying capacities and needs in the LGAs, require adapted approaches and focus on different topics to bring sustainable solutions to existing issues.

Support to public private stakeholders dialogue

In Plateau state, SEDIN collaborates with BDCs located in 9 LDAs: Kanke, Mangu, Bokkos, Shendam, Langtand North, Langtang South, Pankshin, Jos South and Barkin ladi. Business development committees partner with SEDIN to foster dialogue between the public and private sector stakeholders aiming to improve the Business Enabling Environment (9 in Niger State).

In Ogun state, an assessment of existing dialogue mechanisms is on-going, which will be built upon. The BDCs work with LGAs to promote Local Economic Development and with Local Government Councils (LGCs) to foster modern local by-laws to help MSMEs. Links to state level public and private sector institutions are promoted in an integrated approach to making an effective use of the SEDIN instruments.

Considering the end of Phase 2 of SEDIN, an exit strategy with the core question “How to implement sustainable results through independent Business Development Committee Networks and key partners?” was developed. One of the key aspects of this strategy was to create a synergy of all activities and leverage on results, creating a business enabling environment for micro, small and medium enterprises. Therefore, efforts are made with other GIZ implemented programs such as the Nigeria Energy Support Program to support the BDC network in all three states in designing renewable energy systems for marketplaces. Also, links with the Green Innovation Centre (GIZ- AGRINET) have been explored to use the ICT Platform for the Farmer Business School as well as identify new directions for the Business Development Committee Network such as a Business Development Committee Week, Youth Empowerment and Professional Orientation activities.

Tax harmonization and awareness for MSMEs

The interventions have taken on tax harmonization (grievance redressal review, communication) and taxpayer awareness and the ability of Local revenue authorities to effectively carry out and sustain stakeholder engagement and awareness targeted at MSME taxpayers. One last point is on tax for service whereby Local Government can invest part of the revenue collected into physical infrastructures benefiting communities. There is also the part that looks into the legislation tax harmonization bills. The effort has been put to engage state and local authorities through support establishing Joint Tax Harmonization Committees in the three states. This undertaking is done jointly with DFID financed program GEMS 3. In total 10 LGAs are covered in the three states.

Value Chains Development

In Ogun State, SEDIN works with cassava producer groups and primary processors as well as service providers to upgrade the value chain in terms of quality and quantity.

In the affordable housing value chain, SEDIN supports public-private dialogues for the development of new affordable housing solutions. Other focus areas include the training of artisans as well as linking them to the labour market.

In Plateau State, the focus on promoting the potato value chain entails introduction of new varieties, entrepreneurial and group strengthening training as well as facilitating market linkages with buyers such as retail chains.

In Niger State, SEDIN supports the development of business models for the provision of small-scale mechanization for rice producers and processors. In addition organisational development of farmer groups is supported.