OUR HISTORY

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), also known as PIND, was established in 2010 with initial funding of 50million USD from Chevron Corporation as a regional 2010 to 2014 strategy for addressing deep-rooted socio-economic problems in the Niger Delta rather than symptoms by growing networks of international and local partners to collaborate in developing and implementing new solutions and reducing dependence on oil in the region.

We are a Nigerian Non-Profit organization headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria with offices in Warri, Delta State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

  • MISSION

    Our mission is to build partnerships for peace and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta.

  • VISION

    Our vision is to achieve a legacy of sustainable peace and development among communities in the Niger Delta.

CORE VALUES

Our belief in strong institutions starts from within. As we work:

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Local ownership. Long term project benefits. Strong local capacity. Lasting partnerships and networks

For us, sustainability means four things:

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We consider long-lasting impact as the real impact. Not only do we work with the local population to develop programs that work for them, we work with local organizations in the private sector as well as civil societies and public sector agencies to ensure that they can run these programs by themselves. That way, the impact of the program will continue long after we exit. By working this way, PIND has gained access to a vast range of market and peace  actors which it makes available to partners.

Professional. Reliable. Honest. Passionate. Quality

We have learnt that partnerships are built on trust. From honesty in all transactions to ensuring we do not over-promise when working with local communities, integrity is a key watchword for us. This is why in our five years of existence, we have been able to build relationships with over four hundred different organizations directly and indirectly – with state governments, donor organizations, local civil society organizations, business membership organizations, and private enterprises.

Shared goals. Shared resources. Shared Knowledge. Shared success

We understand that the scale and complexity of the socio-economic challenges in the Niger Delta mean that no single organization can address these multi-faceted challenges on their own hence our strong belief in partnership as a means through which to learn with and from others, do things more efficiently, and avoid duplication of efforts. Working with partners both large and small allows us to leverage existing networks, resources, and expertise.

Creative. Entrepreneurial. Open-minded. Reflective

We know obsolete knowledge cannot produce transformative results so we facilitate continuous learning for our well trained workforce and visionary leadership at all levels. Our efficient operations and systems, partnerships, networks and interventions are also continuously transformed to deliver better value. We do this by learning from our successes, challenges and failures and those of stakeholders we work with and by applying Senge’s five disciplines to drive system change that produces higher performance and impact.

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The five disciplines of a learning organization as applied to PIND

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

PIND will always:

  • Seek relevant government participation and support for project activities.
  •  Use participatory approaches to ensure all affected groups take part in the prioritization, design, implementation, and evaluation of project activities.
  • Integrate gender and youth participation and main-streaming of their issues into every aspect of project design and implementation.
  • Ensure all projects support universal human rights and promote social justice and equity.
  • Promote concepts of transparency and accountability amongst all stakeholder partners.

pgWe receive our funding from Chevron Corporation through our U.S-based strategic partner, the Niger Delta Development Initiative (NDPI). We work together with NDPI as one team focused on the same strategic objective: achieving a peaceful and enabling environment for equitable economic growth in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. As PIND, we focus on operational planning, project implementation and coordination with development partners while NDPI, based in Washington, DC focuses on strategic planning, project funding, partnership development, and raising the international development community’s interest and support for poverty alleviation and peace in the Niger Delta. NDPI provides operating and individual project grants to us, while we support and guide day-to-day project decision-making and monitoring of project performance.

We utilized the initial funding from Chevron to set up a solid organizational structure for PIND and make substantial progress in an array of initiatives developing markets, mitigating conflict, building local capacity and increasing awareness and information of the challenges and opportunities in the Niger Delta. PIND matched the funding 1:1 with $ 50 million of partner commitment and investment. This came from project co-funding notably from donors and from private partners investing their own money as a result of our market development work.

In 2015, our performance attracted additional funding of USD40million from Chevron that will enable us to continue to provide development support to the region until 2019. We are using this to drive the acquisition of new partners and initiatives that will deepen our impact and broaden our reach.

Specifically, we are investing more in new and existing market sectors with high employment potential, increasing the density of our Partners for Peace network, building conflict mitigation capacity, expanding integrated advocacy campaigns addressing constraints to development, and strengthening institutional capacity of States, local government councils, civil society organizations, including business membership organizations, communities and PIND as an organization.

In this second phase of funding, PIND intends to make even greater use of Chevron funding to leverage non-traditional sources of funding such as private sector investment, cost sharing, co-funding, and co-investment. We have targeted a 2:1 matching, which is $ 80 million of partner funding. We will make more effort to leverage increased and better quality investment expenditure by the public and parastatal sector as well as financial contributions by the private sector.

THEORY OF CHANGE

Lack of economic opportunities flames conflict while confltheory-of-change-2ict hinders economic growth. It stands therefore that peace and economic development are mutually dependent on one another so PIND set out to reduce poverty by acting as a catalyst for systemic change, tackling two mutually interrelated areas of economic development and peace building in a conflict-prone region.

However, we also understand that there are several barriers that inhibit economic prosperity and human well-being in the Niger Delta, hence we added two more areas of work – capacity building and analysis and advocacy for the development of the enabling environment through which we could push for certain conditions required to support economic growth for the local populations. These efforts include serving as advocates for the development of a healthy civil society, supporting the development of supportive policies and institutions, and tackling challenges related to infrastructure gaps such as access to power, transport, information, and communications.

But PIND also understands that to spread the economic prosperity from the three program areas of work widely across the region requires multiple actors at all levels changing their practices or behaviors and sustaining those changes. On our own, we cannot change each actor one by one so instead, we spread and multiply our work through other actors in three ways:

  • We empower existing actors through capacity building and introduction of innovations such that they are able to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority.
  • We catalyze new entrants through demonstrating models that work in the Niger Delta.
  • We spread the change by communicating and sharing information to the extensive networks created by our work.

Tackled together, PIND believes this holistic approach that incorporates innovations and initiatives will develop a healthy enabling environment for economic development in the Niger Delta.