1st Quarter 2014
2014 kicked off a quarter of strong growth for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation and its partner organization – the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND). Working with local and international nongovernmental organization partners during the first three months of this year, we:

  • Improved the lives of nearly 1,700 people through our agriculture, peace, technology and communication/advocacy programs
  • Conducted 20 training programs that transferred new skills to more than 500 people
  • Created 34 new jobs
  • Completed three new research studies

NDPI and PIND in the News:

The National Reformer: How Partnerships Boost Livelihoods in the Niger Delta – Chevron Boss, The Reformer

First Quarter Highlights

Download PIND’s 2014 1st Quarter Report here

First Quarter Highlights

  • In February, Rhonda Zygocki, Chevron Executive Vice President for Policy and Planning, met with PIND staff and donor partners in Abuja, Nigeria. She also visited PIND’s Economic Development Center in Warri and PIND’s Aquaculture project site—the United Ufuoma Fish Farmers’ Association (UUFFA) cooperative farm located just outside Warri in Ekpan. PIND’s staff and partners were encouraged by Rhonda’s feedback, saying she was inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication she observed.
  • In Washington, DC on February 24th, NDPI participated in an invitation only, closed-door discussion on the current political and security dynamics of the Niger Delta in collaboration with the United States Partnership of Peace (USIP). High-level representatives from the U.S. security and intelligence communities, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress attended the dinner. Talks focused on the potential to align security strategies and resources with peace building and development initiatives in ways that can mitigate conflict in the region. NDPI will be following up on the suggestions made during the dinner and establishing informal working groups to address key challenges.
  • photo1The newly fabricated NIFOR small scale palm oil processing equipment, the digester screw press in use at Eziorsu, Oguta, Imo StateThe first meeting of NDPI’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Committee Meeting took place on March 25th. The committee is comprised of representatives from Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production (CALAEP), Chevron Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) team, NDPI staff and NDPI’s independent board members. The committee reviewed NDPI’s new “Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Manual.” The group also discussed the measurement of notable impacts to date and progress against M&E plans for 2014. Finally, the committee offered key improvements that will further enhance NDPI’s M&E process.
  • On March 4th, NDPI spoke at the International Women’s Day Forum in New York City on the topic of “Overcoming Challenges in Insecure Markets.” The forum brought together more than 300 leaders committed to the economic empowerment of women. The event and was hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, Business Call to Action and the United Nations Office for Partnerships.
  • March 11-12, PIND’s Partner’s for Peace (P4P) team kicked off this year’s region-wide conflict assessment trainings in Imo State before continuing on to the rest of the Niger Delta. The aim of these workshops is for P4P members from the nine states to share and analyze their states’ conflict bulletin, which was generated using information from P4P’s peace building web-map. During these workshops the members of each state chapter will be instructed on how to use the conflict assessment tools to help develop peace building activities and programs.
  • • The new NDPI-PIND 2014 calendar was made available to download.


Economic Development

Palm Oil Farming

  • In March, PIND released a scoping study on the palm oil value chain in Nigeria’s River and Imo states.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding was established with the Self Help and Rural Development Association (SHERDA).
  • The Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) completed testing that revealed small-scale extraction equipment provides higher extraction and better quality palm oil.
  • Seigha Associates, SHERDA and NIFOR trained local stakeholders on how to build, use and sell small-scale palm oil processing equipment.
  • Top-end farming technology to increase palm oil harvesting was introduced to a gathering of some 187 Niger Delta famers in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, chainsaw manufacturer STIHL’s German group and Nigeria-based Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd.
  • STIHL and Texmaco announced they would adapt palm oil harvesting equipment to better meet the needs of Niger Delta farmers.

Cassava Farming

  • PIND launched a scoping study to increase market share for small and medium sized cassava farmers by linking them to larger local cassava enterprises. A field study involving cassava farmers, processors, traders/bulking agents and end-users in the Delta, Edo, River and Ondo states will be completed during the second quarter of 2014.

Fish Farming

  • Demonstration Pond Scale Up Commenced: PIND commenced the scale up of last year’s demonstration pond pilot project that increased fish farmers’ profit margins by 21 percent. Five fish farmers associations and three fish feed companies are participating in the scale up. A “Train the Trainers” manual also has been completed.
  • photo2Josephine Acquaye, a fish farmer feeding her fish at Ufuoma Fish Farms Ekpan, Warri, Delta StateThe PIND market development team visited fish processors in Lagos to study improved fish processing, packaging and market linkage in Warri.
  • Access to New Technology – Chorker Ovenfor Fish Smoking: PIND trained 13 members (12 males, 1 female) of the United Ufuoma Fish Farmers Association (UUFFA) in Warri on how to use and maintain the Chorkor oven, a clean burning stove made from local materials that can help fish smokers smoke more fish at the same time with less emissions.
  • New financing was made available to members of two fish farming associations in the Niger Delta by the U.S. African Development revolving fund. Subsequently, UUFFA partnered with Grand Cereals to distribute advantageously priced fish feed to their members.

Business Linkage

  • Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (NLNG) sought guidance from PIND’s Business Linkage Project on sustainability strategies and best practices for their Enterprise Development Program. The Program will focus on market linkages for target farmer groups and the capacity building of local suppliers.
  • PIND and Chevron Nigeria Limited formed an alliance to connect small and medium sized poultry farms to larger poultry corporations in the Niger delta.

Appropriate Technology Enabled Development

  • As part of the scale-up of the PIND-supported Egbema Gbaramatu Community Development Foundation (EGCDF) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, community-based trainers coached some 21 local women and men in appropriate hygiene practices. Participants also learned the correct use of the Biosand Filter (BSF). Seventy filters were deployed in the Azama and Kokodiagbene communities.

Analysis and Advocacy

  • PIND’s analysis and advocacy team released five policy and awareness goals stemming from the 2013 Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF).
  • The 2013 NDDF report was finalized and disseminated via the PIND, P4P and NDLink websites and NDLink’s Facebook page.
  • Two data-gathering grants were awarded to study community governance and development challenges in conflict-prone Ondo State and to analyze promoting peace and conflict transformation through art-based approaches with selected ethnic groups in the Niger Delta.
  • NDLink received more than 100,000 page views during the first quarter. All NDPI and PIND staff are now registered on the site as well as a growing number of Chevron Nigeria Limited employees.

Capacity Building

  • photo5A training program at Warri builds the institutional and technical capacity of local development organizations under the CAPABLE project.PIND and USAID launched a new Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement project with Chemonics International as the lead implementing partner. The teams held a series of start-up meetings to begin core activities in the second quarter of this year.
  • Forty-four youths were shortlisted by the Youth Leadership and Capacity Building component of the Capacity Building for Local Empowerment (CAPABLE) Project to receive training in information and communication technology, report writing and leadership.
  • Local governance was strengthened by completion of a work plan by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) under the Local Empowerment Advocacy and Development (LEAD) project jointly supported by NDPI and USAID.

Peace Building

  • PIND’s Partners for Peace (P4P) held region-wide, two-day conflict assessment trainings for the P4P Network chapters and diverse audiences in Imo and Akwa Ibom states.
  • The P4P web maps were presented to current and former U.S. government officials involved in international development, military, intelligence and diplomacy.

What Do You Think Of Our New Format?

photo4Partners for Peace (P4P) network members shows their support during the P4P launch, Port Harcourt, Rivers StateFor the past four years, we have produced a longer quarterly report formatted as a PDF document and reproduced as a printed document. That format served us well, but it has been too long for some. We have trimmed and focused the content and made it available only via the NDPI website. This change is considerably less costly and time consuming to produce and distribute.

What matters most, however, is what YOU think of the new online format? We look forward to your comments or suggestions. Please email them to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..