The GEF Small Grants Programme compliments governments and UNDP policy – the policy of “top-down” approach - by using a “bottom-up” approach.
Mrs. Halima Kolo Mohammed
GEF Desk Officer at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2009
# of Projects 135
Total Grant Amount US$ 4,707,197
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 19,500
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 3,213,835

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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October 2013 - Excellence Award by 2FeetAfrica

National Coordinator of SGP Nigeria was the receiver of this award. given by 2FeetAfrica, a media outfit that seeks out to recognize excellent development work.

2016 - ECO HERO Award

Ms. Priscilla Achakpa of  Women Environment Programme is  the receiver of this Award.  Women Environment Programme has implemented GEF SGP funded  projects: NGA/SGP/OP5/Y1/CORE/LD/12/05  and  NGA/SGP/OP4/Y2/RAF/2009/004

2014 -ASHOKA Award

Two  SGP grantee partners have been the receivers of the national ASHOKA  Award.

Ms. Pricilia Achakpa, head of Women Enviroment Programme, is one of the Awardees. Women Enviroment Programme has implemented the GEF SGP funded project NGA/SGP/OP5/Y1/CORE/LD/12/05 .

Ms. Kelechi Okezie, head of Neigbourhood Environment Watch Foundation is the other Awardee.  Neigbourhood Environment Watch Foundation has implemented the GEF SGP funded project NGA/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/2010/013



As part of World International Peace Day, "Women Environmental Programme" (WEP) received an award for Community Peace building in Nigeria. The award was conferred by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project, titled “Capacity Building for Women Farmers in Rural Communities of Kyado, Naka and Yauri in Benue and Kebbi States for Knowledge Dissemination and Innovative Farming Practices” sponsored by the GEF Small Grants Programme, contributed to the winning of this award amongst other projects that WEP implemented in the state to reduce conflicts that results from increasing scarcity of natural resources and promoting peaceful coexistence. The main project that directly addressed conflict issues among some warring factions was sponsored by the governance Unit of UNDP.  The overall aim of the lead farmer project is to improve the food security and rural livelihoods of small scale farmers especially women in the three communities of Kyado, Naka and Yauri in Benue and Kebbi States of Nigeria. The project was aimed at training farmers (especially women farmers) on knowledge dissemination and innovative farming practices, rain water harvesting, soil and water conservation for sustainability, stakeholders information sharing and formation of women farmers’ network. A total of 270 farmers especially women benefited directly from the project with about 500- 1000 indirect beneficiaries.

2011 - SEED Award

Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria) implemented a 12-month pilot project "IMPROVING HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS OF POOR PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH SAW DUST OCCUPATIONS IN LAGOS, NIGERIA" in 2010 on Okobaba sawdust waste-to-wealth. SRADev Nigeria's recent feasibility study revealed that conversion of sawdust to consumer products in Nigeria is technically feasible, commercially viable, and financially profitable but the potential yet to be tapped due to lack of awareness and capacity. The broad aim of the pilot project is: "to support Lagos sawmill workers (Oko-baba cooperatives) to reduce pollution and health problems arising from sawdust combustion by building local capacity to utilize sawdust for briquettes, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing quality of life and public health". The major component of the project are sensitization and awareness raising among sawmill workers, host community and the public on the dangers of burning saw dusts and capacity building to convert waste sawdust to briquettes.

This pioneer community based eco-business project is the first of its kind in the country. The project which reaffirms "thinking globally and acting locally" of GEF-SGP provides practical solution to the problems of sawdust incineration among the poor living close to sawmill. The project used simple technology to convert waste sawdust to briquette with locally fabricated machinery and build local workforce to collect and utilize local materials to produce inexpensive but efficient alternative to fuelwood. It is envisaged that about 8,000 jobs will be created and 92% reduction in amount of sawdust incinerated and health of this vulnerable people will improve after 5 years of operation in Nigeria. View Award.

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Mrs. Ibironke Olubamise
National Coordinator
Phone: +2347082648989
Ms. Rose Agbo
Programme Assistant
Phone: +2347082648989


C/O UN House, 617/618 Diplomatic Zone, Central Business District, FCT , Abuja , West Africa 90001

Award Winning Projects