Without a stable and secure environment, community-based economic development cannot take root.

P4P PEACE MAPPartners For Peace (P4P) New Multi-Functional Peace MapTo support on-the-ground building efforts, NDPI and Partners for Peace (P4P) created the Peace Map, a unique platform that integrates data on risk factors from a wide variety of existing sources, fills gaps in that data, and layers it onto a stakeholder map of hundreds of organizations and initiatives self-identified as Peace Agents.

According to Dennis Flemming, Executive Director of NDPI, “The Peace Map enables NDPI, along with our implementing partner, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), and all their partners, to monitor incidents and determine where they pose the biggest threat to peace and security in the Niger Delta region. It provides all stakeholders in the region with conflict trend analysis to formulate the most appropriate strategies for creating the peaceful environment necessary for economic growth to occur.”

A Go-To Resource for Peace Builders
The Peace Map enables users to customize searches as well as calculate and visualize patterns and trends in different ways. In addition, PIND uses the tool to prioritize where to focus their peacebuilding efforts in real-time, and to produce early warning memos, bulletins, and alerts for their partners on the ground.

In recognition of the fact that peace and economic development are linked, the map goes further than most “crisis maps” to include indicators affecting economic growth, such as environmental pressures, labor strikes, as well as humanitarian and health emergencies. The result is a tool that can be used for advocacy, but more importantly—planning and analysis for those working on practical solutions to complex problems.

Putting the latest technology to work for Peace
The Peace Map is adding new capabilities all the time. To date these include:

  • Search patterns and trends of dozens of indicators at the national, state, and local levels from 2009-present.
  • Compare states or local government areas by raw totals of incidents or incidents per capita.
  • Cross-validation and triangulation of different sources: compare indicator trend-lines of different sources (toggling between monthly incident total or monthly fatalities), or click a button to reduce duplicates, increasing the validity of the trends.
  • Key word search function so that users can customize their query on context-specific issues, or issues of particular interest to their own organizational mandate.
  • Cross-cutting search function to track how incidents affect women and girls against all framework indicators.
  • Static or dynamic heat map to see progression of hotspots over time.
  • The ability for organizations who monitor and respond to conflict risk factors on the ground to register to be mapped as “Peace Agents” for better scoping, networking and collaboration.

P4P MEMBERSP4P MembersThese functionalities are helping P4P’s 3,000+ members across the nine Niger Delta states track and mitigate conflict, collating over 14,000 incidents of conflict risk to date that help identify hotspots and trends.  For example, every year the nine P4P State Chapters undertake conflict assessments using Peace Map data to determine where to focus efforts.  Last year, P4P Abia state chapter decided to focus on Umuahia, one of the top five most at-risk areas in the state according to the Peace Map. The chapter designed a successful intervention, which mitigated violence around the annual New Yam Festival.  

To prevent violence in the run up to the national and state elections this year, PIND used the map to help determine in which Local Government Areas (LGA) to focus their efforts based on an analysis of current trends and where violence took place in 2011. PIND is also using Peace Map data (as well as SMS data) to produce alerts that each P4P state chapter uses to effectively target their efforts. 

Making The Peace-Prosperity Link
Beyond the use of the Peace Map, NDPI is linking their economic development and peace building programs to positive effect in other ways. For example, NDPI’s Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATEDPalmFruitHarvesterNiger Delta demonstration of mechanized palm fruit harvester.Demonstration of the mechanized palm fruit harvester.program has, over the last year, helped link palm oil farmers with new and more efficient harvesting technology that has increased production and revenues. In response to demand from the Chapters themselves, NDPI is connecting the P4P Network with the ATED program to demonstrate the palm fruit harvester with their members. Following the demonstration in Imo state, a new palm oil cooperative was established whose members are now using the new harvesting technology. 

By linking peace and economic development efforts, incomes were increased, livelihoods were created, and the membership of P4P Imo’s chapter increased, thus strengthening their peace building efforts in the state.  Early indications suggest that over time, other P4P chapters in more insecure environments, such as Rivers or Delta, will be inspired to follow suit, which could lead to sustainability for the Network and a peace dividend for their communities. 

The Peace Map ‘s Future
What does the future of the Peace Map hold? In conjunction with P4P’s just-launched SMS rapid response capabilities, an upgrade to the application is now being implemented which will automatically calculate spikes in conflict risk in every one of Nigeria’s 774 LGAs. Email alerts will be generated where spikes are identified and will be sent to all 400 Peace Agents registered on the map. These real time alerts will enable a more immediate response for mitigating potential crises before they escalate.