In the margins of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) , Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed a new €50 million package to enhance efforts in North East Nigeria.
On this occasion, Commissioner Mimica said: “The agreement signed today increases our bilateral cooperation with Nigeria by €50 million, bringing the total EU aid to the country to €562 million by 2014-2020. This additional support will focus on the north-east of the country. It will help strengthen early recovery and build conflict resilience in affected and vulnerable communities in Yobe and Borno States, as well as improve human development, social cohesion and the resilience of more than 26,000 vulnerable households and communities in Yobe State.”
Projects funded with this additional aid will extend the already extensive EU humanitarian and development aid to the many victims of violence and displacement in north-eastern Nigeria, while addressing some of the underlying causes of violent extremism in the country. An integral component of these activities will be peace-building and conflict prevention and resolution activities at Community level to facilitate reconciliation and reintegration.
In addition, projects will engage communities and local leaders to support and revitalize markets and livelihoods, improve conflict mitigation systems with the aim of strengthening communities’ long-term resilience.
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