PIND’s strategic plan 2015-2019 prioritizes integrating gender and youth participation and mainstreaming their issues into every aspect of project design and implementation and its operation. In 2013, we set up a gender committee with a mandate toreduce gender inequalities that may exist in PIND’s programming, organizational endeavors and project intervention.

Through our four programs of Economic Development; Capacity Building; Peace Building; and Advocacy and Analysis, we are making efforts to address gender gaps in accessing productive resources and promoting inclusive socio-economic development in the Niger Delta. PIND envisions an egalitarian and peaceful society that guarantees equal rights and equitable access to and control of productive resources; ensuring that individuals are empowered to create wealth and overcome poverty and disease irrespective of sex and other demographic differentials.


Our Definition of Gender Mainstreaming

A process for ensuring equitable participation of women and men and making their concerns and experiences an integral part of Project/Program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as operations


As part of activities to celebrate the 2017 International Women’s Day with the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ and in solidarity with women across the world, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) organized two events in Benin, Edo State, and in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The first held on 7 March at Best Western Hotel in Benin, Edo State, in partnership with the DFID Market Development in Niger Delta (MADE) project, the USAID MARKETS ll Project and the Edo State Co-operative Farmers Agency (ESCAFAL) organized the Forum on “Women Be Bold For Change in Adopting Agricultural Technologies”.

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PIND organized a well-attended forum to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8.  With theme ‘Pledge for Parity: Support Women in Agriculture’ (derived from the Global “Pledge for Parity” theme),  the Forum was held in partnership with our USAID co-funded MARKETS ll Project and Working Fingers Initiative International,  a coalition of women-focused organizations in Delta State, promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. The event received wide media coverage by the print, broadcast, and social media.

Through spirited engagements that took place, forum participants increased their knowledge on women and empowerment issues, shared experiences and learned from each other tips on how best to mobilize and increase their incomes.  They also networked and shared contacts that will is facilitating partnerships and collaboration.

Read about the five things we learned from the IWD forum and the Storify of the Forum  Read now

We held a successful advocacy campaign on #Make it Happen: Women as Peace Agents in the Niger Delta which created awareness on the roles and achievements of women as peace agents in conflict prone zones, the challenges women face as peace agents, and proposed policies and programmatic to address the challenges. The campaign featured stories of women from Niger Delta communities who are leading the charge for peace in their local communities.

Read the stories of the women and the Storify of the campaign

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Throughout 2015, PIND projects and operations personnel were trained, coached and mentored on gender mainstreaming in their different spheres of work.

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Gender Policy and Training

PIND envisions an egalitarian and peaceful society that guarantees equal rights and equitable access to and control of productive resources; ensuring that individuals are empowered to create wealth and overcome poverty and disease irrespective of sex and other demographic differentials. Learn more

CAPABLE Training Course is Earning Me Additional Income

I participated fully in all the three training sessions comprising the Intermediate Course of CAPABLE – Proposal Writing and Grants Making in Project Cycle; Computer in Development Environment and Budget Development, Financial Management and Reporting. My skills have been greatly enhanced in all areas covered. Learn more

Akamune Ogheneobukome Rhoda adopted aquaculture best practices to increase catfish yield and grow her aquaculture business.

FISH FOR LIFE: From Being Unemployed to Owning an Aquaculture Business

After completing her youth service, Akamune Ogheneobukome Rhoda found herself facing unemployment. She had considered different employment opportunities, but none seemed profitable. Just a year later, however, Rhoda owned a successful fish farming business. She credits PIND for inspiring her success. Learn more

Working together for Improved Grassroots Governance: the LEAD Story

To create a culture of accountability and good governance, institution-building inside and outside government is key. In practice, this means that a governance program should target not just the local government officials who delivery public services, but the non-government organizations intending to keep them honest.Learn more

The Power of Improved Communication: MIND’s Story

Civil society organizations do amazing work against tremendous odds, and need support to enable them do even more, but it is hard to get support for your work if you cannot explain what you do to people who can actually help. Learn more

Breaking Gender Myths Surrounding Women’s Use of Improved Palm Fruit Harvesting Technology

Gender myths are widely held beliefs, ideas or opinions about men or women that are not true. Oftentimes, such beliefs or opinions hinder women and men from achieving their full potentials.Learn more

PIND’s Studies on Gender in the Niger Delta – Important Insights

In order to highlight the differential impact of poverty, inequality and conflict on women/girls and men/boys, PIND commissioned a Gender Assessment of the Niger Delta Region in 2011 which was conducted by the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and another study in 2012 titled Identification and Analysis of Traditional Gender Norms and its Impact on Generating Equitable Socio-Economic Development in Selected LGAs in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Ondo States conducted by Aries Concept Nigeria Limited. Learn more

Training Journalists to Contribute to Peacebuilding and Stability in Rivers State

The media has a role to play in raising public awareness on development, stability and growth in the region. This is why our Capacity and Peace building teams collaborated with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) to organize a 3-day training on ‘Conflict and Gender Sensitive Reporting’ for members of Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State. Learn more