The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their joint funding arrangements to support Nigeria’s electoral processes through 2020 with increased contribution.
The duo in a statement issued to journalists said it would continue to support programmes in election administration, voter education, and nonpartisan civil society domestic election monitoring, for the 2019 elections and the post-election period.
According to the statement, “The amendment update which was signed at the US Embassy by USAID Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin and DFID Governance and Social Development Team Leader, Oliver Blake, is a reminder of the longstanding, shared commitment of the Nigerian, British, and American people to promoting democracy, in particular, peaceful and inclusive elections.”
It reads, “The additional £5.5 million (US $7.3 million) pledged by the UK brings DFID’s contribution to the joint funding arrangements since 2014 to $26 million, augmenting the $34 million provided by USAID since that time, bringing the total funding support for free, fair, transparent, and peaceful Nigerian elections through this joint mechanism to $60 million over six years.
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