PIND Celebrates 10 Years of Peace-Building, Capacity Development in Niger Delta
- It's been ten whole years of peace-building and capacity development by a major stakeholder in the Niger Delta region
- The Partnership for Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-governmental organisation, has been at the forefront of Niger Delta issues
- The organisation is set to take stock of what it has achieved in the last decade as they begin a new phase
FCT, Abuja - The Partnership for Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-governmental organisation, is set to mark its 10th year of operation in the region.
Since its establishment in 2010, PIND has been promoting peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region by forging multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships at the regional, national, and international levels.
PIND’s Executive Director Tunji Idowu said:
“The themes of our anniversary celebration align with our programmatic goals and successes since 2010.
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“They are reducing poverty, powering coastal communities, nurturing employment and exclusivity—especially women and youths, fostering stability and conflict resolution, and enabling market development for local organizations.”
PIND and its operating partner, US-based NDPI, have had a major impact on Nigeria’s Niger Delta over the last decade - including over $100 million in additional investments from government entities, the private sector, and donor agencies into the region.
PIND’s immediate past Executive Director Dr Dara Akala said:
“Our major program areas are the sustainable reduction of poverty and conflict. Economic growth, peacebuilding, and stability work together in a clear hierarchy of cause and effect that include enablers, outputs, systemic outcomes, improved institutional performance, and impact.”
He said PIND has trained and built the capacity of more than 10,000 peace actors and mitigated nearly 900 emerging conflicts through the Partners for Peace (P4P) program.
PIND Board of Trustees Chairperson Rick Kennedy said:
“In 2010, PIND was simply an ambitious vision designed to foster peace, create jobs, and raise incomes—with no clarity on how we could actualize it.
“So, together with partners and collaborators, we co-created, co-designed, co-implemented, and co-owned pioneering programs that tackled multiple problems on multiple fronts.”
Legit.ng gathered that PIND and NDPI will complete their third phase of development in 2024 and are looking ahead into the fourth phase (2025-2029) to surpass programming goals for the residents and communities of the Niger Delta.
The 10th year anniversary is a virtual event and would feature a lot of packages such as a social media challenge, asking residents to create a one-minute video that highlights progress in their Niger Delta community.