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Foundation seeks development in Niger Delta

The Partnership for Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-governmental organization committed to peace-building and capacity development in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region is set…

The Partnership for Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-governmental organization committed to peace-building and capacity development in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region is set to mark its 10th years of operation in the region.

PIND’s Executive Director Tunji Idowu, said on Thursday that since its establishment in 2010 with initial funding from Chevron Corporation, 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.

“The themes of our anniversary celebration align with our programmatic goals and successes since 2010,” Idowu said.

He said the region needs more developmental strides and that they are reducing poverty, enpowering coastal communities, nurturing employment and exclusivity -especially women and youths, fostering stability and conflict resolution, and enabling market development for local organizations.

Nigeria-based PIND and its operating partner, United State -based NDPI, have a major impact on Nigeria’s Niger Delta over the last decade, including over $100m in additional investments from government entities, the private sector, and donor agencies into the region.

Also, 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.”

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.”

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 packages like #MyNigerDelta Social Media Challenge, asking residents to create a one-minute social media video that highlights progress in their Niger Delta community.

The challenge deadline is November 5, 2021, with three prize packages to be awarded to eligible winners.

A virtual art exhibition featuring stunning photos from the Niger Delta was also launches on October 14, 2021.

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