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Second Quarter Highlights

  • Results from the Models of Development and Experiential Learning (MODEL), a research collaboration with NDPI/PIND and the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research and the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative, were released at events in the US and the Niger Delta. MODEL aims to identify, describe, document and share socio-economic development models that have been successful in the Niger Delta. The fieldwork was completed in January 2014, and a validation workshop was held in Port Harcourt in April. Read more about MODEL here: http://www.pindfoundation.org/portfolio/models-of-development-and-experiential-learning-model/
  • The theme was selected for the first-ever US-based Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in Washington DC slated for October 23: “Collaboration for Growth and Stability in the Niger Delta.” Sessions are anticipated to cover topics such as partnering to grow business, collaboration for research and analysis, access to electricity, and collective action for peace and security. The NDDF in the Niger Delta will take place on November 25th in Calabar. Read more about NDDF at www.nddforum.org.
  • NDPI and PIND kicked off the Participatory Strategic Review (PSR) to inform their strategic direction and identify opportunities for continued development with respect to its partnership-based approach to corporate social enterprise. Ultimately, PSR findings will lead to recommendations to inform the development of their respective strategic plans for 2015-2019. The PSR process involves a wide range of stakeholders via key informant interviews, focus group discussions and web-based survey. Interviews will take place both in Nigeria and US with particular focus on Niger Delta regional partners and stakeholders within public, private and civil society sectors. In addition, video documentation of the PSR process and results is being considered to enhance the overall learning process as well as communicate results to different audiences.
  • NDPI’s dedicated premises in Washington DC was established this spring. The core focus of the DC office will continue to be to work with current and potential partners based in the US and Europe to develop collaborations on socio-economic and peace building initiatives in the Niger Delta. Executive Director Dennis Flemming, Program Manager Eniola Mafe, and new hire Aline Varre Haidara, Office Administrator, are based in this office.

PROGRAMS UPDATE


Economic Development

Overall Achievements in Economic Development Programs this quarter:

  • 80 farmers saw a 17% increase in income
  • 80 farmers adopted new knowledge and practices
  • 653 clients were reached by nine service providers
  • 102 total beneficiaries from Economic Development programming

Aquaculture:

  • photo1A catfish pond in Warri, Nigeria. The Aquaculture Value Chain Project is helping to improve capacity and profitability of catfish farmers.PIND partner United Ufuoma Fish Farmers Association (UUFFA) has been making great strides following the demonstration pond pilot project. Records indicate harvests of 11,694 kg at an average of N500 per kg of fish totaling N5, 847,000 for the period. It is expected that fish farmers can increase their returns by 17% from 5% to 22% per cycle. Approximately an additional N993, 900 was added income to the fish farmers over the quarter.

    Furthermore, 86 new fish farmers have joined the UUFFA from January to date with membership currently standing at 686.The aquaculture team has developed plans to partner on six demo ponds in Ughelli and Asaba that would directly benefit 60 fish farmers.
  • PIND held a training of trainers to build the capacity of local service providers and government extension officers in providing current technical and business training to fish farmers. This training was attended by 38 service providers and 11 organizations in the Niger-Delta and included representation from the Delta State Ministry of Agriculture, African Regional Aquaculture Center, and Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, among others.

cassava thumb-150x150Cassava Value Chain Field SurveyCasava Farming:

Capacity-building trainings for leaders and farmers groups in Ondo State were held and facilitated by Maximizing Agricultural Revenue in Key Enterprises and Targeted Sites (MARKETS) II, a partnership of PIND and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These trainings provided an opportunity for 32 farmers to develop leadership and provided 31 cassava farmers with training on the Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum (NAEC).

photo2A member of the Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers and Processors Association uses a new motorized adjustable harvester to cut down palm fruit. Palm Oil Farming:

  • Six key millers were identified in the pilot palm oil cluster and trained on effective mill operations. This has helped operators of the mill take ownership of the new technology and perform regular milling and maintenance on the machine.
  • As part of PIND’s effort to introduce technology for enhanced efficiency in the palm oil sector, it has been working to introduce the adjustable mechanical harvester, a machine to help increase the rate of harvesting of palm fruit in less time.

Business Linkage

Progress was made on PIND’s pilot intervention to link poultry services Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with larger corporations operating in the Niger Delta on opportunities in the poultry sector. Forty one SMEs have been identified and received 15 Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs). A database of catering and fast food companies in the Niger Delta has also been developed.


Why Poultry?

Boost Linkages: Prospect to link Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in poultry with catering and fast food industry
Seize Opportunity: Catering industry in the region is worth U.S. $35 million, while the fast food industry is worth U.S. $45 million
Catalyze Economy: Replacing 30% of catering company imports would lead to an injection of U.S. $10.5 million into the Niger Delta economy
Boost Employment: Investment in poultry would boost employment, especially for women and youth
Anticipate Growth: The market for poultry is expected to grow by $50 million to $90 million a year over 5 years


Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED)

The ATED team held monitoring visits in April and May to Kokodiagbene and Azama in Egbema Gbaramatou Community Development Foundation (EGCDF) where 70 bio-sand filters were deployed in the previous quarter to test the quality of water and to test for the correct, consistent and continued use of the filters.

Appropriate Technology results this quarter:

  • 86 households using AT (target: 1500)
  • 43 individuals trained to increase awareness of AT (target: 100)
  • 2 new businesses using AT (target: 25)
  • 6 new partnerships to improve knowledge on AT (target: 10)
  • 3 businesses sustainably selling AT (target: 10)

photo3MODEL event in session in Washington DCAnalysis and Advocacy

  • Events were held in Washington DC, Abuja and Port Harcourt for the dissemination of the Models of Development and Experiential Learning (MODEL) report. The report was based on months of extensive research on Akassa Development Foundation in Bayelsa State and Songhai River Initiative in Rivers State.
  • NDLink platform marked it’s first six months, with updates to key elements of the site. In addition, NDLink began issuing a newsletter created by members called The Niger Delta Report that will be disseminated via email and social media.

NDLink-infographic thumb-150x150NDLink infographicCapacity Building

  • This quarter, 44 youth benefitted from the second cycle of the Youth Leadership Capacity Building Project, compared to 36 in the first year. PIND will continue to follow the progress of this group of training beneficiaries in the coming quarter.
  • In collaboration with Okrika Local Government Council (LGC), the LEAD program organized a capacity development workshop for over 400 participants on effective service delivery. The workshop was a sign of commitment from the LGC in implementing some of the interventions recommended to close some of its service delivery gaps.

Peace Building


Program Results:

  • 54 people actively involved in working groups and network (target: 80)
  • 13 new/scaled-up peacebuilding interventions (target: 30)
  • 399 members of Partners for Peace network (target: 500)
  • 17 video diaries produced (target: 17)
Conflict sensitivity trainings were held for 49 PIND staff members from all three offices (26 males, 19 females) and 22 implementing partners (15 males, 7 females). These trainings focused on conflict sensitivity, conflict analysis, and dividers and connectors. Action plans were developed as part of the training as an initial step towards mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in programming and operations

Partners for Peace (P4P)

  • A Chapter Coordinators meeting was held on June 13 where Chapters received training in Communications and Social Media, Advocacy, and Fundraising Basics.
  • The Central Working Committee (CWC), a decision-making body to allow for a unified voice for the Network, was established.
  • The Imo State Chapter conducted town hall meetings and trainings (46 individuals were trained and 53 new members joined). This chapter also received commendation from State Special Advisor to the Governor on Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • The Abia State Chapter participated in a 30-minute Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria program called “Pace-Setter on Security” on May 14th.
  • The Rivers State Chapter now has a new executive committee. This chapter also held a conflict assessment workshop and conducted outreach to rural areas that included meetings with traditional rulers to expand its network.
  • Two e-newsletters were released and shared with 642 recipients.