Marshall Plan with Nigeria?

Marshall Plan for Nigeria?

In 2017, Africa has gained unusual prominence – within and beyond the framework of the German G20 presidency. Three German initiatives highlight relationships with the African continent: the Ministry of Cooperation and Development’s “Marshall Plan With Africa”, the Ministry of Finance’s “Compact with Africa” and the Ministry for Economic Affair’s initiative “Pro! Africa”.  Through its initiatives, Germany promises to support Africa in the development of its growth and development potential and thus curtail migration. But how many voices from Nigeria are being heard in the debate in Germany? This web dossier wants to highlight arguments for the “Development That Nigeria Wants” and transport these perspectives into the Africa debate currently taking place in Germany.

Power Infrastructure – At What Cost?

Nnanna Ude anchors the Infrastructure Policy Commission of Nigeria’s largest private sector network, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. He notes that Nigeria has no national grid to rely on for development and asks, Does Nigeria need a grid? Should Germany, through the Marshall Plan or other collaboration, collaborate with the Nigerian private sector in de-risking investments into off-grid renewable solutions to solve its immediate power problems?

Not Like Dubai!

Dr Taibat Lawanson is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Lagos and has worked on the disconnect between Lagos State Government’s megacity vision and the reality of Lagosians’ daily needs for many years. She explains how a Marshall Plan could ensure the inclusion of everyone – irrespective of status, gender and ethnicity - in the development of a people-smart Lagos.  

Implications of Infrastructure Investments on the Poor

Victoria Ohaeri, a social and economic rights advocate with Spaces 4 Change in Lagos, notes that large infrastructure investments have in the past violated human rights and have benefited the wealthy elite more than the majority citizens of Nigeria. She proffers an alternative pathway for economic development which would benefit the poor as well as the rich, drawing inspiration from the social housing policy in Munich, Germany.

Spoken Word

Dike Chukwumerije is a poet, spoken word artist and an award winning author. With titles such as, ‘The Meaning of Development’, ‘There Are No Chains Like Charity’ and ‘Okwesilieze’, Dike inspires his audience to rethink the traditional concepts of international development cooperation between Western and African countries. “If we must build this land for the future, we will need more than just infrastructure… For in the end, a prosperous nation has more than concrete poured in its foundation…”

Inclusive Integrated Rural Economies

Soji Apampa heads the Business Innovation Facility in Abuja, which is identifying growth solutions from the bottom-up. He challenges the international cooperation community to allow concepts of growth to emanate from the beneficiary communities. How else would the milk production of herdsmen in Kaduna State have quadrupled, expanding the women’s value chain from milk to yoghurt, and giving their youth (and policy makers) a wholly new perspective to solve the perennial conflict between herdsmen and farmers?

Slavery - Colonialism - The Marshall Plan

Senator Shehu Sani has recently revived the claim for reparation payments from industrialized nations for damage caused during slavery. Sani expresses the view that although the era of slavery and colonialism is over, Africa is still not treated with respect and given equal opportunity to develop. In the development of a Marshall plan, the Senator believes that Africans need to be treated as equals, with respect and dignity.

40 million jobs

Dr. Uzo Egbuche is a sustainability expert with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. She sees a leading role for the private sector to stimulate growth in the informal sector, thus reducing importation of raw materials by larger Nigerian offtakers such as the food & beverage industry. She describes how the private sector can lead on inclusive growth.

Paper: Marshall Plan for Nigeria

Honourable Mark Terseer Gbillah, Member of House of Representatives:

Technology, funding, knowledge transfer - these are critical areas Germany can contribute to Nigeria

Dr. Andrew Iloh, biodiversity expert:

We can inculcate the youth in this Marshall Plan through technology in agriculture

Donald Ikenna Ofoegbu, project coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation:

The Marshall Plan should help increase the skills of graduates in Nigeria

Pamela Braide, development communication expert:

Usually these kind of talks are done between governments, but it is good to see different people in the room

Yahaya Ahmed, Renewable Energy Entrepreneur:

Polluters have to pay and funds should be directed to renewable energy project which are sustainable

Tsema Okoye, Global Rights NGO:

Although there are great development ideas from the western world, Nigeria has to also look within for ideas to get us out of poverty

Perspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure


This edition of Perspectives contributes to the ongoing debate on infrastructure development in Africa by sharing snapshots of experience from around the continent, exploring questions about democratic participation, the role of human and environmental rights, and economic transformation.


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