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Published on Apr 6, 2011
Covering more than seventy thousand square kilometres, the NIger Delta is one of the largest wetlands on earth, holding some of the world's richest oil deposits. Yet for millions of people in the region, every day is a battle for survival and life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world. But now, one pioneering European Union micro projects scheme supported by the Nigerian government, is winning much local acclaim. For the past several years, the EU's micro projects programme, known as MPP3 and MPP6, has touched the lives of more than two million people in the NIger Delta, helping to ease the burden of poverty in some of the most deprived communities. It's been welcomed both by government and civil society organisations, as well as communities in the Niger Delta and it marks an irrevocable shift from a top down to a bottom up approach. This is a clip from a two-part television documentary examining the success and growing impact of the EU's micro projects programme in the Niger Delta.