PIND produces an advocacy calendar annually to share key advocacy messages on different issues concerning economic development, peace building and capacity building. Produced annually, each calendar centers around a theme and is distributed widely to PIND stakeholders. Below are our calendars from 2012 – 2016.
PIND’s 2016 calendar focuses on “Partnerships as Enablers of Growth and Development.” PIND is a great believer of partnership as key to foster development in the Niger Delta while leveraging on already-existing relationships and knowledge, reducing duplication of efforts, and ensuring that all voices This is a core value of ours, as 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. Each of the messages in this year’s calendar highlights the ways in which we have seen the power of partnership between civil society, public and/or private sector actors in enhancing development in the region. Download the PIND 2016 calendar belowPIND-2016-Calendar.pdf (16 downloads)
PIND’s 2015 calendar focuses on “Opportunities in Agriculture in the Niger Delta”. The agricultural potential of Nigeria is barely being tapped and this explains the inability of the country to meet the ever increasing demand for agricultural produce. Although agricultural sector remains a dominant employer of labor, serious investment, research and support is needed across the board to enhance production and increase the contribution of the sector to GDP. With this calendar, PIND highlights opportunities that public and private sector stakeholders, including women and youth, can take advantage of within various lucrative agricultural value chains. For more information on PIND’s economic development work, please email PIND Market Development Project Manager James Elekwachi at email@example.com
So much progress has been made in the Niger Delta over the last few years with regards to peace and human development. Now we must all work together to ensure that the recent gains are sustained and increased.
We hope you enjoy the 2014 calendar, which celebrates the great work that is being done all across the region by women, youth, traditional and religious leaders, businesses, development workers, government, and others to promote peace in our communities. Because we all need to play our part, each month also provides some ideas about how you can work for and support peace in your community.
We firmly believe that if all people at every level of society that have a stake in peace link their hands, share knowledge and collaborate effectively, the vision of a peaceful Niger Delta will be realized. While conflict destroys livelihoods and threatens development, peace can benefit all the people of the Niger Delta by encouraging economic growth, stability and prosperity.
If you are interested in any of the peace initiatives featured in this calendar or have questions about how you can support peace in your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.p4p-nigerdelta.org , www.facebook.com/partners4peace.
In an ideal world, all of us would benefit from advances in technology. Sadly, this isn’t the case – sometimes people simply don’t know about useful technologies, or a technology is too complicated, expensive or difficult to service.
At PIND the Appropriate Technology Enabled Development Program focuses on what we call “appropriate technologies” that are:
- sustainable, requiring fewer natural resources and producing less pollution.
- small, where possible, in order to place more control at the grassroots level.
- appropriate to the context, taking into account environmental, ethical, cultural, social, political and economic factors.
“Our purpose is to help communities and micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in the Niger Delta benefit by learning about, trying and understanding technologies that can help to improve the quality of life”.
This calendar features appropriate technologies that serve a range of purposes. Some are truly simple, yet can have a remarkable impact on health and well-being, such as the very affordable tippy tap featured in October. Others are more relevant to agricultural producers and tell a story of opportunity for increased revenue from both improved quantity and quality of product, with less physically demanding work.
We can benefit from ideas developed both here and elsewhere. Ideas like the adjustable harvester from Malaysia are very applicable to the needs and conditions in Nigeria. The Chorkor oven was developed in Ghana when the health hazards of traditional smoking technology were recognized back in the late 1960s. Despite the fact that the Chorkor oven has raised incomes and living standards in fishing communities in Ghana, it is rarely seen in the riverine areas of Nigeria. PIND has worked with the Keffes Community Regional Development Committee to introduce the Chorkor oven in eight communities, and women’s groups there are responding enthusiastically.
Finding and sharing the best of these ideas will help Nigerians compete globally and build their own internal markets. We all have a role to play in promoting appropriate technologies that improve the standard of living and quality of life in Nigeria. Government can help develop and promote appropriate technologies. Financial institutions can work to better understand markets and opportunities and provide financing where technologies will improve efficiency and profitability for micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses.
PIND and its many partners are helping to source, share, demonstrate and train Nigerians about sustainable technologies that can help. If you have information about a technology you think we would be interested in, or if you have questions about any of the technologies featured in this calendar, please contact us at AT@pindfoundation.org
The Youth Advocacy Campaign was designed to generate awareness and interest in the issues, needs and aspirations of the Niger Delta youth.
PIND is committed to promoting interest and support for development of youth in the Niger Delta. Youth, defined by Government policy as between the ages of 18 and 35, are more than 62 percent of the population in the region and are frequently a source of negative media coverage — often characterized as poorly educated, lacking job skills and serving as a source of conflict. In reality, this misrepresentation overlooks the majority of Niger Delta youth who are working hard to make a living and contribute meaningfully, both socially and economically, to society.
The Youth Advocacy campaign was intended to:
- Contribute to reducing negative public perception of youth by focusing their attention on the positive role they can play in the Niger Delta
- Inform and influence policy and decision makers in designing, supporting and/or leveraging on programs or initiatives that create better opportunities for youth
- Identify and celebrate youth and youth groups that are impacting positively in their communities as agents of change for other youth
- Contribute to changing the negative mindset, attitude and behavior of youth in the Niger Delta.
Youth Calendar and Video
PIND’s 2012 calendar, distributed in late 2011, was the centerpiece of the campaign, focusing on the identification and promotion of positive images and contributions of Niger Delta youth and their beneficial impact on the socioeconomic development of the region. The project produced a range of both print and video products, which have helped to explore issues related to youth in the region. To discover PIND’s campaign to support a brighter future for youth in the Niger Delta visit: http://www.pindfoundation.org/PIND-calendar/PIND-calendarproject.html.
The youth groups for the Advocacy calendar were selected based on the collective initiative they demonstrated in coming together to support themselves and help their families break out of poverty. The five groups showcased were:
- Umuokanne Youth Transport Association, is a self- help group in Imo state. They raise funds among themselves and from philanthropists in their community to acquire motorcycles for their members through a revolving fund. They also assist with the security of their community. This group received a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) to purchase four new motorcycles and four safety helmets.
- Wordful Farm Cooperative Society, based in Edo State, is made up of seven young male university graduates who operate a fish farm in Benin City. They hatch and grow catfish, provide consultancy services and construct ponds for other fish farmers. They sourced their initial start-up capital from family members and friends, but now sustain themselves through the income generated by their fish farming business. The group also received a technical assistance grant used to construct a water borehole to supply clean water supply for their operations, a 5KVA generator and 3,000 litre overhead water storage tanks.
- Dynamic Ladies Association, is an all female social and charity group youth group based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The association currently has over 50 registered members and they empower their members through monthly contributions which provide seed funding to help their members start businesses. They also undertake fund raising activities to support and give hope to children in local orphanages. This group received a TAG to expand their micro-finance revolving loan scheme.
- Deghele Fishing Association, based in a creek of Delta state, is comprised of ten young men who use local canoes and fishing equipment/accessories to provide for themselves and their families with income earned from fishing. This group received a TAG to enhance their fishing accessories and supplies.
- Clear Farmers Cooperative Society, based on the outskirts of Benin City in Edo state, is a group of young men who own a pineapple farm and have plans to expand production so they can target sales to Pineapple Juice Industries in Benin City.
The following organizations were integral in the creation of the Youth Advocacy Campaign:
- International Youth Foundation (IYF), USA
- Morgan Smart Development Foundation, Warri, Delta State
- Applicants Welfare and Development Centre, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
- Forward Africa, Owerri, Imo State