In partnership with our sister organization in Nigeria, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), NDPI achieved a number of milestones during the second quarter of this year in the program areas of Peace Building, Economic Development, Analysis and Advocacy and Capacity Building.

Highlights

  • NDPI Deputy Executive Director Speaks at United Nations Foundation
  • Niger Delta Development Forum held in London
  • Helping To Insure Peaceful Elections
  • Market Linkages Boost Local Businesses


Programs

Economic Development

Palm Oil: New Technology Training To Improve Efficiency & Yields
NIFOR Technology copyMembers of the Eziorsu palm grow association in Imo State, Nigeria, mill palm nuts using new technology they were introduced to by NDPI.Collaborating with key partners to improve production and processing technology is a key strategy NDPI applies to all three agricultural sectors it works on. As part of the Palm Oil Value Chain Project, the NDPI Market Development team worked with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) to provide training on improved milling technology to five mill operators at the Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association. The training focused on increasing the millers’ understanding of how to adopt the equipment to improve efficiency of their mill operations.

Value Chain Development 
Cassava: Training to Increase Yields
 
Improving the knowledge and expertise of cassava farmers was a key focus for the Cassava Value Chain Project in the second quarter. NDPI facilitated training for 19 members of the Ubulu Uku cassava farming association in Delta State to improve their understanding of fertilizer application techniques. The training is one of several NDPI has facilitated with the association to increase productivity and yields by sharing best practices in cassava farming.

CHICKEN FARMChicken farm in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
Creating Market Linkages
Creating linkages between producers and consumers is a key part of NDPI’s market development strategy to increase both the supply and demand of products in the Niger Delta. As part of the Business Linkages program, NDPI successfully connected WINTIMA Farms, a local chicken and egg supplier, to a large fast-food restaurant in Warri. WINTIMA is the fourth small to medium enterprise NDPI has recently linked to large buyers to supply their products. 


Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED)
 
Working at the Intersection of Economic Development & Peace
Economic opportunity often leads to greater stability, making it more likely for peace to take root. Thus, the key to unlocking sustainable development lies at the intersection between economic growth and peace-building.  To this end, NDPI's’s Market Development, Peace Building, and ATED teams collaborated throughout the second quarter to share information about economic opportunities within the agricultural sectors with members of the P4P Network.

  • The ATED team trained 113 P4P members in the towns of Ode Irele, Sabomi, Ode Erinje, Ikoya and Ife Akoko on the opportunities of using a mechanical adjustable harvester to more efficiently harvest palm fruit.
  • Members of NDPI’s Peace Building and Economic Development programs facilitated a training with 23 P4P members in Imo State to demonstrate using palm oil mechanical harvesters for improving harvesting efficiency. As a result, the P4P Imo State Chapter established a palm oil cooperative for its members to work jointly in the palm oil sector.

    Peace Building

    Amplifying Women's Voices For Peace
    To amplify the voices of peace agents across the Niger Delta, P4P Network members continue to tell their stories about why they stand for peace. 

    In April, Dr. Sharon Ohaka shared his story of healing a community after political strife in Imo State.





    Fortune Tari Dorgu shared her story ‘Trapped by the Crisis in Bayelsa.’




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Helping to Ensure Peaceful Elections
NDPI continued to work closely with its partners in the lead up to the Nigeria state and national elections by engaging stakeholders to help mitigate potential violence. 

In April, Partners for Peace (P4P) Chapters across the Niger Delta region conducted conflict assessments to better plan targeted peace building activities. Groups in Rivers, Abia and Cross Rivers States met to review findings from the Peace Map and determine their next steps on the road to sustainable peace. 

NDPI at U.N. Foundation on Fragile States Index
NDPI’s Deputy Executive Director, Heather Kulp, spoke at the United Nations Foundation on June 18th as part of an event to launch the 2015 Fragile States Index, produced by NDPI’s partner The Fund for Peace. The panel discussion, which included representatives from The World Bank, the US Institute for Peace, and others, focused on future trends of measuring and understanding state fragility. NDPI’s peace map (below) was highlighted during the discussion as a tool for assessing conflict – as an indicator of fragility – in the Niger Delta.

PeaceMap
Interactive P4P Peace Map

Rivers State Local Elections Analysis
In the lead up to the local elections in Rivers State, NDPI’s Peace Building program produced an analysis of various scenarios to help stakeholders understand how the elections would likely unfold and recommendations for mitigating potential election violence. READ THE REPORT.


Analysis and Advocacy Program

Niger Delta Development Forum Debuts in London

 

NDDF logoNDPI held its first ever London-based Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF) in June, with 55 high-level representatives from the private sector, government, and civil society in attendance. Building on annual forums held in Washington, DC and the Niger Delta, discussions focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges of investing in the Niger Delta and tangible steps participating organizations could take to collaborate for the region’s development going forward. The event was organized in partnership with Wilton Park, the United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). LEARN MORE

Also in London, NDPI participated in a discussion on the security dynamics of the Niger Delta with the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group and the Royal African Society, attended by representatives from ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Parliamentary MPs and experts on Nigeria.


Leading Online Resource Reaches a Milestone
NDlink LogoNDLink, the Niger Delta’s foremost online resource for information on development projects in the region, reached a milestone with the publication of information on more than 200 current and completed development projects in the Niger Delta. NDLink’s goal is to promote understanding within the development community on past projects and opportunities to collaborate on ongoing ones. LEARN MORE


Capacity Building

Nonprofit Fundraising Expertise Strengthened
In partnership with West Africa Development, NDPI facilitated training for 20 individuals from local nonprofit organizations on resource mobilization and fundraising. Participants improved their understanding of proposal writing and how to develop fundraising strategies that enable their organizations to secure funding from government, private sector and development agency resources.


NDPI and PIND In The News

Read NDPI’s 1st Quarter Update. For more details on projects and initiatives, please visit our homepage. You can also like PIND’s Facebook page.