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 take hold.
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 Delta.