in the words of some of our partners and participants
Last year, we continued to expand our robust partner network on the ground in the Niger Delta, in the U.S. and Europe.
To help expand our understanding of the value of NDPI partnerships, we recently interviewed dozens of individuals about their experiences collaborating with us. Some of their stories are presented within this report. The most common refrain was that NDPI’s activities are vital because there is no other organization in the Niger Delta doing what we do.
NDPI’s partnership with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) introduced new palm fruit-milling technology to the Niger Delta that produced better quality palm oil, higher yields and profits during 2014. For Niger Delta farmers and millers like Stanley Agbaegbu of Umuagwo, Imo State, and a member of the Umuagwo Palm Oil Millers Cooperative Society, this had a big impact.
NDPI’s mission is to establish and encourage innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships that support programs and activities which empower communities to achieve a peaceful and enabling environment for equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta. We seek to leave a legacy of sustainable peace and development among communities in the Niger Delta.
“NDPI resoundingly answers the key questions: Where is the investor most welcome and how do you welcome them? NDPI and its Niger Delta partner, PIND, are the only organizations in the Delta that provide the ‘local partner handshake,’ that ability to make introductions and connections that create partnerships which leverage the financial strength of the private sector to make smart investments in the Delta that benefit everyone.”
NDPI’s partnership approach is helping to generate solutions that enable governments, companies and donors to invest resources in ways that both diminish uncertainty and add value to a society in great need.
In 2014, our partnerships in the aquaculture, cassava and palm oil sectors led to more investment from both the government and the private sector. In turn, they spurred the development of new technologies and the adoption of best practices that boosted agricultural productivity and quality while reducing operating costs. As a result, NDPI helped improve the farming practices of 2,000 fish farmers and linked more than 800 farmers to local service providers for business and technical assistance.
Construction continued on a new Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED) Center in Warri that will open in 2015 as a showcase for energy efficiency. The aim is to inspire positive shifts in construction practices, consumer demand and energy policies. NDPI’s ATED program also successfully tested an affordable and easy-to-use biosand water filter system in several rural communities of the Niger Delta. Recipients reported immediate improvements to their health and significant cost savings by greatly reducing the need to seek medical attention.
For years, Chief Frances Omo Agege, the leader of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) in Ughelli, Delta State, sought to shift his and his members’ farming businesses into a high yield and mass production enterprise. After partnering with PIND in 2014, Agege and CAFAN members are a big step closer to that dream.
NDPI’s capacity building program is transforming government, civil society and local communities of the Niger Delta into forces for positive social and economic change. Our efforts in 2014, in concert with an array of donor and implementing partners, enhanced institutional capabilities to deliver social services and engage in public decision-making, local governance and economic development project design and management.
Aleru Darlene Nkechinyere owns a cyber café and business center in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where she offers photocopying, Internet browsing, passport photos, document binding and computer software training. In 2014, she participated in NDPI’s capacity building and youth leadership program. Of all the skills she learned from the program, Nkechinyere said she values enhancing her entrepreneurship and peace building skills the most. Both are integral to the Niger Delta’s long-term economic health.
The critical nexus between peace building and economic development informs all of NDPI’s programs. Healthy market systems flourish in peaceful societies. Jobs created through economic development initiatives, in turn, help reinforce peace.
The Partners for Peace Network (P4P) attracts women like Deborah Effiong, the Rivers State coordinator for the network and Livingston Membere, president of the Kalabari Youth Federation and member of P4P.
Effiong believes that “when peace is promoted, the general well-being of society is enhanced.” She pursued peace in the Niger Delta for a decade before joining the P4P network and is quick to point to research indicating that a higher presence of women in positions of governance reduces incidents of violence in society.
NDPI’s research-based approach to development increases social and economic stability in the Niger Delta region by improving decision-making, evaluation and outcomes. Sharing research and lessons learned with our partners helps ensure programs are informed by data.
Remy Chukwunwere, an NDPI partner, is passionate about helping the youth of the Niger Delta develop the skills to find great jobs and create their own businesses. He has two important roles: one as Executive Director of the Imo State, Nigeria Directorate for Employment, the agency responsible for creating jobs for unemployed youths; the second as Executive Director of the African Youth Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded that mobilizes resources and promotes and supports sustainable youth empowerment and rural development.
NDPI and AccordDev are working to improve the capacity of five LGAs in the Niger Delta states of Imo and Rivers to deliver sustainable development projects aimed at boosting income generation and economic growth for the poor.
AccordDev also worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.
CEDSI partners with NDPI through the provision of creative insights into NDPI’s projects and activities, drawing from the wealth of their development experience.
Chemonics partners with NDPI to implement the Maximizing Agricultural Revenue in Key Enterprises and Targeted Sites (MARKETS II) project to improve agricultural practices and the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) program to increase the ability of civil society organizations to work together for improved governance and institutional reform. Both programs are jointly funded by NDPI and USAID.
DAI is providing strategic guidance to NDPI in establishing and implementing the economic development program, helping with its design, development, implementation and evaluation strategies.
NDPI is collaborating with EWB in the establishment of the ATED program, which includes the identification and research of technologies suited to the development needs in the Niger Delta and the establishment of an ATED Center located within NDPI’s EDC.
In 2011, Forward Africa worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.
Forward Africa also received a sub-grant through the ADVANCE project to facilitate community involvement in governance for economic growth in six LGAs of Abia and Imo States.
FFP provides strategic guidance to NDPI’s peace building program by supporting project design, development, and evaluation strategies.
The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is collaborating with NDPI to support the reduction of conflict and promote equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta.
LITE – Africa is partnering with NDPI and Chemonics in the implementation of field projects under the SACE program, focused on improving governance and institutional reform.
The Ministry worked with NDPI in 2011 to analyze economic data on the Niger Delta to identify and prioritize growth opportunities for the poor.
NDPI worked with the Morgan Smart Development Foundation to coordinate a small livelihood enhancement grant program for 73 Niger Delta women who support their families through various livelihood activities.
NNF worked with NDPI in 2011 to collect and analyze economic data on the Niger Delta to identify and prioritize growth opportunities for the poor. They participated in the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.
NDPI partners with NIFOR to implement agricultural activities in the palm oil sector that enable individuals to access improved technology that can increase harvest yields and processing efficiency.
RTI partners with NDPI in implementing the Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) program to boost local government delivery of public services by strengthening government capacity and fiscal management.
NDPI partners with the RSSDA to jointly plan, implement, and coordinate economic development programs in Rivers State.
SHERDA initially worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains. After the initial analysis phase, they have been focused on the implementation of pilot interventions to remove systemic constraints to growth in the palm oil value chain.
The Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) with NDPI to understand and assess models of development that are seen as generating useful impacts where so many other efforts have failed.
Through the IDPA, NDPI and USAID seek to increase agriculture-related incomes, improve the capacity of government and civil society institutions, and reduce conflicts among vulnerable communities in the Niger Delta to improve economic opportunities.
NDPI is partnering with the UNDP through a cost-sharing agreement on the design of a Social Sector Investment Framework to fund community development projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other development partners.
West Africa Development partners with NDPI to implement the Capacity Building for Local Empowerment (CAPABLE) program to enhance the institutional and technical capacity of local development organizations in the Niger Delta.