Why has Chevron established this foundation?

For years the company has invested in a broad range of community infrastructure and development programs with communities closest to its operations and more recently through several Global Memoranda of Understanding (GMOUs). Those social investments however, are under continuous pressure from the broader socio-economic problems that exist in the Niger Delta. Most efforts by donors and other development organizations to address these problems have been limited because there has not been sufficient collaboration and alignment between these organizations.

What is the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative and how is it related to PIND?

The Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) is a 5 year, US$50 million funding initiative approved by Chevron Corporation’s executive committee in the US.  It is patterned after Chevron’s successful Angola Partnership Initiative, which was established in 2002 to help rebuild and develop the country after 30 years of conflict. Chevron felt this unique partnership model could also be an effective means of addressing the social and economic challenges in the Niger Delta as well. Chevron’s strategy for implementing this initiative involved the establishment of two foundations, the NDPI Foundation in the US and PIND in Nigeria. The NDPI Foundation receives the total of Chevron’s funding and works with potential donor partners to leverage these funds with additional funding for socio-economic development projects in the Niger Delta.  The NDPI Foundation provides operating grants to PIND to develop and monitor these projects.  The Boards of both Foundations are involved in identifying, reviewing and approving all projects funded under this initiative.

On how will the initiative be funded and over what timeframe?

Chevron established a US$50 million fund to support the US registered NDPI Foundation inc. over the five year period from 2010 to 2014. Another US$40 million was approved for funding from 2015 to 2019. NDPI foundation Inc. will in turn fund the Nigeria registered PIND foundation. As a partnership initiative, the projects supported by the PIND Foundation will be funded by PIND in collaboration with a diverse collection of donor partners including bilateral and multi-lateral aid donor agencies, federal and state government agencies in Nigeria, private companies and foundations.

What is the relationship between Chevron and PIND?

PIND is an independent, non-profit foundation incorporated in Nigeria. It receives funding support from Chevron through the NDPI Foundation in the US and receives logistics and operational support from Chevron Nigeria where needed. Chevron has three employee trustees on PIND’s Board serving alongside four independent Nigerian trustees with strong development backgrounds. Chevron Nigeria has seconded two employees to serve as Project Director and Deputy Project Director to PIND.

Why is PIND's head office in Abuja and not in the Niger Delta?

At the initial stage of PIND’s development, its primary focus was to identify and develop partnerships with other donors to secure funding for socio-economic development projects in the Niger Delta.  These donors are primarily based in Abuja.  Additionally, PIND needed to establish close working relationships with many Federal Government ministries, particularly the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, to align plans and activities with government priorities. PIND has built an economic development center in Warri which serves as the Foundation’s field office and provide support to PIND’s programs throughout the region. As PIND continues to develop its portfolio of partnerships and projects in the Niger Delta over time, many of its head office functions are likely to transfer to its field office.

How will PIND support socio-economic development programs in the Niger Delta?

PIND, and its partner NDPI Foundation in the US, provide project grants for programs negotiated with other donor partners. PIND will normally not implement programs directly, but usually be actively engaged in designing and developing programs for qualified implementing partners to execute.

Can PIND support programs outside of the Niger Delta Region?

No. The conditions of PIND’s funding approvals limit its support only to the nine states of the Niger Delta region.

How can an organization partner with PIND?

PIND does not accept unsolicited project proposals, but can discuss potential project opportunities with organizations that have sound project concepts identified for the Niger Delta with matching donor partner funds available that fit within PIND’s strategic objectives and priorities.  Interested organizations with such project concepts can reach us through our website at www.pindfoundation.org or contact us at our Abuja office to discuss their ideas further.

Will you partner with other oil companies operating in the Niger Delta?

Yes, if they are aligned with PIND’s strategic objectives and are committed to a collaborative approach to multi-stakeholder partnerships.

How will the initiative be funded and over what time frame?

Chevron has established a US$50 million fund to support the US registered NDPI Foundation inc. over the five year period from 2010 to 2014. NDPI foundation Inc. will in turn fund the Nigeria registered PIND foundation. As a partnership initiative, the projects supported by the PIND Foundation will be funded by PIND in collaboration with a diverse collection of donor partners including bilateral and multi-lateral aid donor agencies, federal and state government agencies in Nigeria, private companies and foundations. For background: US$6MM in 2010 and US$11MM for each of the remaining four years.

Will there be different emphasis on the four programs?

In terms of funding allocation, greater emphasis will be on economic development.

For background:

  1. Economic Development        40% – 50%
  2. Capacity Building        20% – 30%
  3. Peace building        10% – 20%
  4. Analysis & Advocacy        5% – 10%

Can you tell us about each of PIND's four program areas?

Central to all PIND four programs is the understanding that research, economic growth, peace building and capacity building efforts are interlocking aspects necessary to ensure broad based economic growth in the Niger Delta. The four program areas are focused on:

Economic Development – promoting micro, small and medium sized enterprises and look to generate opportunities for sustainable and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta

Capacity Building – focusing on support for institutional strengthening for federal, state and local government agencies and non-government and community organizations

Peace-building – providing mechanisms to build consensus and foster stability in vulnerable and conflict-impacted communities in the Niger Delta

Analysis & Advocacy – researching and assessing socio-economic needs in the Niger Delta and identifying strategies to address them.

What characteristics does PIND look for in partners and what partners does PIND have so far?

PIND looks to collaborate with a diverse collection of partners including bilateral and multi-lateral aid donor agencies, federal and state government agencies, private companies and foundations. Moving forward, PIND will continue to develop plans with a variety of donors and implementing partners.

Currently, PIND has 17 partners, namely: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Youth Foundation (IYF), Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF), Accord for Community Development (Accord), Federal Ministry of Niger Delta, Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI), New Nigeria Foundation (NNF), Niger Delta Professionals for Development (NIDPRODEV), Forward Africa, Community Resources Development Organization (CREDO), Self-Help and Rural Development Association (SHERDA) and Living Earth Nigeria Foundation. PIND is also in discussions with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in developing a possible partnership.