Security, justice and growth programme, two Nigerian judges in the courtroom

Chris Morgan

Clients Department for International Development (DFID)
Value £30.5 million
2002 to 2010
Country Nigeria

Through the Security, Justice and Growth Programme, our project team worked to improve safety, security and justice in Nigeria as the country emerged from 40 years of military rule. Through a series of integrated interventions, we supported key justice sector institutions in the areas of policing and security, justice and pro-poor economic growth. We promoted both inter-agency and civil society co-operation to facilitate the development of a co-ordinated sector-wide approach to respond to key issues.


We focused on the development of community policing and informal policing systems, resulting in 6,440 officers, working in 129 divisions, being trained in community policing roles and community safety partnerships being formed in pilot divisions. 


We supported the development of sector-wide, costed reform plans in six states; reduced the number of awaiting trial prisoners in focal areas; developed legislative and policy frameworks; and supported the judiciary and federal justice institutions, including the legal aid council.


We focused on land registration and administration, commercial dispute resolution – including alternative dispute resolution and commercial court ‘fast-tracking’ – and anti-corruption initiatives (financial crimes and anti-money laundering).


‘The Programme has made remarkable gains despite an extremely difficult operating environment.’ 

DFID Project Completion Report