Independent evaluation shows progress in economic development, peace
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation and its
Nigerian-based implementing partner, the Foundation for Partnership
Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), released today an independent
impact-assessment report detailing the progress made by both
organizations to date towards achieving sustainable, systemic change in
the Niger Delta.
The report shows that since its inception in 2010, NDPI and PIND have
brought significant international attention and resources to support
sustainable development initiatives in the Niger Delta, a region that
until recently was virtually beyond reach by the international community.
As a result of NDPI and PIND’s work, the Niger Delta is now receiving
investment from multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and international
NGOs as well as other private sector institutions, according to the
impact assessment report prepared by the Initiative for Global
Development (IGD), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization.
NDPI and PIND’s work has enabled and strengthened relationships between
local individuals and hundreds of organizations, resulting in more than
$92 million of new investment into the region in both monetary and
in-kind resources since 2010, according to the report.
“Although socioeconomic challenges in the region persist, this report
emphasizes that NDPI and PIND have created positive change for the
people of the Niger Delta,” said NDPI Chairman Mamadou Blondin Beye. “We
are proud that this assessment validates the progress we have made to
date and provides us with recommendations to generate even greater
impact going forward.”
The greatest impact of NDPI and PIND’s work was in the areas of economic
development, peace building, and cultivating an enabling environment
through advocacy and capacity building for economic growth and peace to
NDPI and PIND have also achieved significant impacts in forging strong
partnerships, alliances and networks, and establishing a
self-sustaining, rapidly growing movement of peace actors numbering more
than 3,800 individuals, according to the report.
“We place a high priority on working with partners and existing
organizations because coordinated development efforts can achieve
greater impact than each organization working alone,” said NDPI
Executive Director Heather Kulp.
With more than 32 million people, the Niger Delta represents a complex,
yet critical region to Nigeria and West Africa as many of its current
events typically have far-reaching effects. “The report shows NDPI and
PIND’s programs are moving the needle on achieving systematic,
sustainable change in a complex, yet important social environment in
West Africa,” Kulp said.
Established in-part through a five-year, $50 million endowment by
Chevron in 2010, the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation
(NDPI) and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta
(PIND) work with a wide range of partners in the public, private and
civil society sectors to support projects designed to reduce poverty and
conflict in the Niger Delta region. In 2014, Chevron committed an
additional $40 million to the initiative over the following five years.
NDPI and PIND focus on sustainable market systems to create economic
opportunities for the people of the Niger Delta, while also empowering
over 3,000 individual peacemakers to mitigate conflict. Partners include
international and local organizations, such as the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom’s Department
for International Development (DFID), the US African Development
Foundation (USADF), and the New Nigeria Foundation (NNF). While NDPI
focuses on strategic planning and project funding, PIND is responsible
for operational planning and project implementation. Together, they are
developing new solutions to economic and social challenges in the Niger