One in five Africans is Nigerian and although it has the largest economy in Africa, around 100 million Nigerians continue to live in poverty. Reducing poverty is a government priority.

The Nigeria economy has been growing at about 6-7% over the last few years, and most of this growth has come from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which contribute over 45% of the GDP, and employ about seven in ten working people. However, these businesses need loans to grow and only 3% of the funding needs of these MSMEs are met by the formal financial sector in the country.

That’s why AGI supported the establishment of the Development Bank of Nigeria, and was responsible for coordinating all the activities required for the successful launch of the bank earlier this year.  This builds on previous AGI support to bolster the efficiency of the EMIT secretariat, introducing the previous government’s Transformation Agenda’s reforms.

Small and medium size businesses drive the economy in Nigeria - providing funding to them will help the economy and create jobs
Tunde Ladipo, Former AGI Nigeria Country Head


There are millions of small business owners in Nigeria, who struggle to get loans to expand their businesses. But that might be about to change.
The Nigerian government has launched a National Development Bank, set to fund 200,000 small businesses in its first year.


Twenty thousand small businesses to benefit from Development Bank of Nigeria's loans in first year.


The railway from Kano to Lagos, an important commercial corridor, has been repaired.

AGI In Action

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Nigeria has more Facebook users than anywhere else in Africa. See how Facebook use is growing via @qzafrica

11th February 2016

Dec 2015

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Sep 2015


To achieve #GlobalGoals developing countries need to be in driving seat, find out why

25th September 2015

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Apr 2015


.@tonyblairoffice told the @MilkenInstitute this week that Africa is 'the most exciting continent on the planet'.

30th April 2015

What have AGI teams achieved since 2008? Here's some practical examples #gpf15

23rd April 2015

Mar 2015

The Nigerian government has launched a National Development Bank, set to fund 200,000 small businesses in its first year.
27th March 2015

Africa is bigger than China, the US, India and Western Europe put together, check out @VoxMaps

18th March 2015

#Rwanda and #Nigeria top the list of developing countries with affordable internet, check out @A4A_Internet's report

5th March 2015

Feb 2015


Mapping Africa (& the world) by population size gives you a different perspective:

18th February 2015