Implementing Partners in UNICEF Peace Building Program to Support Peace Building Initiatives in the Niger Delta

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This program was an extension of the first phase. Implementation of the 2nd phase started on 22nd September to May 2017.  The report will cover only the activities that falls with the reporting year that is January to May 2017.

Project Overview

Under the Niger Delta Support Programme (NDSP), funded by the European Union EU), UNICEF is implementing the rural water supply and sanitation component of the programme in 2 LGAs in each of the 5 NDSP state, with an overall objective to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of unrest and violence-bad government, youth employment and poor delivery of basic services. 

PIND, in partnership with UNICEF engaged CIEPD as an implementing partner for the 2 NDSP state – Rivers (Akuku-toru and Opobo) and Akwa ibom (Obot Akara and Nsit Atai). 

The overall Objective is to mitigate the conflict in the Niger Delta by addressing the main causes of the unrest and violence – bad governance, youth unemployment and poor delivery of basic service.

The PIND/UNICEF NDSP is an intervention based on the Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between PIND and UNICEF with the purpose of enhancing social bonding and peace building in 10 LGAs of 5 Niger Delta States; Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States through capacity building, mainstreaming conflict sensitivity in furtherance to the “Do No Harm” principle which aligned closely with CIEPD’s objectives and programmes. CIEPD’s Peace building (PB) programmes aim to strengthen peace building initiatives in Nigeria and build capacity of community stakeholders/leaders in conflict prevention to enable stability and economic growth in Nigeria.

A total of stakeholders (WASH Consultants, RUWASSA, AKRUWASSA, Community leaders) capacity on conflict sensitivity, mediation were strengthened, relationships between the communities and WASH coms were strengthened. Four UNICEF targeted local governments (Obot-Akara, Nsit Atai, Akuku-Toru and Opobo/Nkoro) re-designed their strategy to adopt a more conflict sensitive approach.

Out of the 7 cases that were reported during this reporting period 5 were resolved during the reporting period.  A total of 97 persons were impacted by this program, 68 males and 29 females.