Sunday, June 14, 2015

UK To Increase Support To Nigeria To Combat Boko Haram and Fund Human Rights

David Cameron, British PM.
LONDON, 10 June 2015 / PRN Africa / --
Prime Minister announces UK to step up support to the Nigerian Forces as part of our global commitment to developing security and stability.

Speaking in the House of Commons, David Cameron outlined plans to deploy more Short Term Training Teams to the region alongside an increase to the permanent number of military personnel based there. They will provide further support to Nigeria in improving security and combating Boko Haram, contribute staff to the Multi National Joint Taskforce Headquarters in Chad and advise on campaign planning and operational leadership.

The announcement came as the Prime Minister highlighted some of the UK's ongoing military commitments including the decision to deploy up to 125 UK military personnel to provide further training to Iraqi security forces. The move, predominantly aimed at countering the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), will build on the work already undertaken in training 1,000 members of Iraqi forces.
Read more about this announcement here.

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon said:
"This increase in support for Nigeria will help a valued partner to improve security and combat Boko Haram.
"Alongside recent decisions to deploy additional troops to Iraq and to commit an additional 500 to NATO's Very High Readiness Task Force in Europe, this underlines our global commitment to building security."

SOURCE UK Ministry of Defence

Funding opportunity for projects to support development activity in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, 11 June 2015 / PRN Africa / --
We are pleased to invite NGO's/Civil Society and development partners to submit project proposals
The British High Commission in Abuja manages a Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB) on behalf of the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The programme funds small, targeted projects which support UK priorities.

2015/16 Programme:
The bidding round for prospective projects for the financial year 2015-16 is now open. We are pleased to invite NGO's/Civil Society and development partners to submit project proposals for this funding stream. We are looking for innovative and creative interventions that will make a difference.
Projects will need to demonstrate clear measureable outcomes, and should contribute to bringing about change at a policy level in order to maximise the impact that a small amount of funding can deliver. Co-funded projects are particularly welcomed. Proposals should be strategically aligned with at least one of the following categories:

- Abolition of the death penalty
- Discrimination Against Women,Gender Equality and LGBT Rights
- Promotion and Protection of the Freedom of Expression
- Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Anti-Corruption in Businesses
- Freedom of Religion and Belief
- Education and Youth Development
- Supporting the links between British and Nigerian cultural activity 

Project bids that seek to hold one off seminars, conferences, and study tours are unlikely to secure funding. While we are happy to accept research based projects, the Programme Board would need to be convinced that such a project would actually have an impact on the issue in the timeframe available. Such projects should clearly explain how the research will be used or disseminated to create impact. Programme funds should not be used to purchase equipment, such as laptops, vehicles etc.

Our contribution towards each project will be limited to approximately 20,000 pounds and all projects need to be completed by the 15th of March 2016. Selection Criteria:

Project proposals must clearly demonstrate how they will support the FCO's strategy in at least one of the categories mentioned above. All projects are assessed by the Programme Board at the British High Commission, Abuja, subject to the availability of funds. Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

- Value for money;
- Alignment with the strategic priorities;
- Evidence of local demand or need;
- Creativity and innovation;
- Project viability, including capacity of the implementing organisation;
- Project design (clear and achievable impact);
- Risk and stakeholder management;
- Sustainability. 

SOURCE British High Commission Abuja

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