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Collaborating Partners

Our Current Collaborating Partners are:


Eeinrich Boll Foundation (HBF)

The Foundation has collaborated with HBF to review the micro-credit scheme of one of its grantees. Also CDF developed policies and procedures for the micro-credit program of HBFs as well as provide the program take-off technical support services needed.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

CDF has successfully collaborated with the UNDP using three states namely Imo, Kwara and Osun for the pilot study on “Credit Delivery for UNDP enterprise Development." The mid-term evaluation of the pilot study revealed that the CDF credit delivery methodology was quite effective.


Consequently, the Foundation worked with UNDP on a project which involves the provision of capacity-building services and training, and credit assistance to identified women groups in thirteen (13) states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Loans totaling about =N5.05 million have been disbursed to twenty-two of these groups while those that have demonstrated track records have been assisted to scaled-up.

Nigeria Agip Oil Company - Green River Project (NAOC-GRP) Obrikom

The Foundation has since 1996 been collaborating with the NAOC-GRP, Obrikom, Rivers State, which is an extension program of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company operating in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. As at December 1998 the Foundation has provided credit, training and advisory services for three groups identified by the Green River Project in Aggah, Okposi (Rivers State) and Kwale (Delta State).


In year 2008, the NAOC instituted a micro credit scheme which CDF is currently managing. The program also incorporates capacity building and training initiatives.

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited, NLNG

The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) is a company operating in the oil and Gas sector of the Nigerian economy. The company was incorporated to produce and export LNG and also help to put out gas flares in the Niger Delta. NLNG core operations are located in Bonny Island and Finima communities but ultimately, it is exposed to over 100 communities through the supply pipelines of its gas transmission system (GTS). As part of its contribution to the development of the host community, NLNG instituted a N500 million Micro credit Scheme. The goal is to reduce poverty, improve living conditions of the beneficiaries through a combination of micro finance, capacity building & business support delivery platforms.

In operationalizing the micro credit scheme, core competencies were sought to drive a user-friendly intervention program that involved the CDF a the tripartite partnership to promote economic and income generating activities that will reduce poverty and generate business frontiers in not less than 300 groups across 100 host communities.


At closeout of the first phase, 247 groups were served with a total loan volume of N100.7m with CDF achieving a loan recovery rate of 77% in the Niger Delta. As at August 2006, the CDF have trained 268 organizations covering 532 participants in group management, financial and credit management since the inception of the program. CDF continues to implement the NLNG micro-credit scheme in the consolidation phase of three years.

Nigeria LNG Youth Empowerment Scheme

The NLNG Youth Empowerment Program is a community development program focusing on youth to make them more economically and socially responsible. The CDF is partnering on this initiative to facilitate vocational/technical skills training for selected unemployed youth while stimulating entrepreneurial development sprit in the trainees. The Youth scheme was launched in October 2005 with 108 trainees selected on a competitive basis from the company host communities. Trade areas include computer application and programming, video programming, and photography, sewing and fashion designing amongst others. Over 84% have successfully completed their program.

LiveWIRE Nigeria Project

Community Development Foundation (CDF) is implementing the LiveWIRE Nigeria Program in the Niger-Delta region covering 7 (seven) States of the South-East/South-South Nigeria. The Goal of the Project is to encourage entrepreneurship among youths through awareness creation; business awards competitions and provision of practical business support those that choose to start up businesses.

The activities are to raise awareness amongst well-educated (University Students) and young school leavers to develop good business ideas, start-up and own their businesses. Other support programmes under the LiveWIRE project include business awareness forum, business mentorship programme and micro credit.

Youth between the age ranges of 18 - 30 years only can qualify for assistance through this project. The youths are exposed to different entrepreneurship programs covering Become a Successful Business Owner (BSOM), Manager, Bright Ideas Workshop and Business Awareness Forum BAF). A total of 580 youths have been trained under these programs. Trainees are drawn from all the Niger Delta States.

DFID - Capacity Building for Decentralized Development Project (CBDD) Kaduna

The Community Development Foundation collaborated with the Capacity Building for Decentralized Development (CBDD) as a National Training Provider for the delivery of CBDD - Generic Training Program (GTP) in the South West zone. This Training, which is aimed at strengthening the managerial capacity as well as promoting networking amongst participating NGOs, covers a series of five (5) courses.


For this program, CDF is working in partnership with the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Department (AERDD) of the University of Reading, U.K. Three Hundred and Fourteen (314) people from Fifty-four (54) organizations were trained under the program.

West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN), Badagry, Lagos

It has also collaborated with the West African Management Development Institutes Network (WAMDEVIN) to study capacity building and training needs in the informal sector as a prelude to the development of a curriculum that will address the identified needs.


Ashaka Cem PLC is a subsidiary of Lafarge, a world leader in building materials. Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its preoccupations. Ashaka Cem PLC, the star of the North, a leading cement manufacturing and marketing company in Nigeria is committed to the strategy of profitable growth and value creation for its customers.

The Community Development Foundation partnered with Ashaka Cem PLC, located in Gombe State in the area of capacity building and training. The training was initially planned for the disengaging staff of the company as a means of strengthening their business skills and empowering them to be self reliant and sustained. The training was held at Ashaka Cem PLC office, during the period, September1- 13, 2003. Seventy-two staff members were trained during this period. Among others, the training focused on strengthening participants knowledge in financial management skills, enterprise development, production and marketing. A number of structured learning exercises were conducted during sector to reflect the challenges in the manufacturing

Within the Nigerian environment, the CDF also provide financial and community development support services to a broad spectrum of client institutions the oil and gas sector Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG); Shell Petroleum Development Company and Shell International Foundation as well as Nigerian Agip Oil Company and Shell International Foundation as well as Nigerian Agip Oil Company Green River Project (NOAC-GRP). Also, the Company collaborates with the manufacturing sector AshakaCem Plc, multi-laterals and International development agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), German Technical Co-operation/Employment oriented Decentralized Development Project, (GTZ/EoPSD) United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government agencies and a host of other MFIs and NGOs.


The expertise of CDF have been engaged to implement Projects by International organizations, private and public sectors in Nigeria, some of which include the N500m micro credit scheme by the Nigeria liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited with loans disbursed to 247 groups under this scheme, N284.4 youth empowerment Program by Shell Petroleum Development company and Shell International Foundation with 3,068 Youths trained in business/enterprise developments under the LiveWIRE Nigeria Program. N53m youth empowerment program by Delta State Government, with 600 youths trained and financial support provided to 563 start up business. A financial service scoping study and training of microfinance bank operators was carried out with funds (N3.2m) from the German Technical co- operation/employment oriented private sector development program (GTZ/EoPSD) as well as a microcredit program valued at N26.1m, supported by Nigeria Agip Oil Company Green River Project.


The German Agency for the Co-operation, GTZ is involved in the Employment oriented Private Sector Development Program (EoPSD) in Niger and Nassarawa States. EoPSD is a bilateral program between the governments of Nigeria and Germany. A core objective of the EoPSD program is to improve the performance of financial institutions given its relevance to employment generation. In this arrangement the CDF is partnering with the GTZ/EoPSD to professionalize MFIs in both states and build their capacities to be able to efficiently provide the needed financial services to the poor entrepreneurs.


The CDF provided the following services to the GTZ/EoPSD

  • Organizational Assessment of Save and Produce (SaP) Lafia, Nasarawa state (November 2002- February 2003). The Terms of Reference covered the assessment of the institutional, operational and financial performance of SaP Lafia branch using CGAP appraisal formats. Among others the the institutional gaps were identified and appropriate steps for SaP viability and sustainability were recommended.
  • A financial services scoping study in Niger and Nasarawa states involving scanning, baseline and flushing exercise was conducted in both states between December 5 and 19, 2003. The survey identified all the financial Institutions (FIs) covering micro finance banks, rural development groups and co-operatives societies as well as the financial service being offered to small and medium enterprises.
  • Credit and Financial management course for selected Community Banks and Micro finance institutions in Niger and Nasarawa states. As at December 2005, 23 groups representing 76 participants from both states were trained by CDF in the course.
  • Marketing of financial services and customer relationship workshop was organized for selected Community Banks and micro finance institutions in Niger and Nasarawa states. Some 49 participants drawn from 28 groups in both states were also trained in marketing of financial services and customer relationship.
  • A workshop on understanding the Nigeria Micro finance policy framework for selected clients under the GTZ program was conducted in April 2006. The same workshop was organized for selected members of National Association of Community Banks and Board of Directors of Lagos State Community Banks. A total of 38 participants attended the workshop in April 2006.



The CDF was also keenly involved in the structuring of the financial services program of the GTZ/EoPSD as well as the implementation.

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