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The main goal of the Conflict Prevention Program is to establish a civil society early warning and response system in Nigeria, which is linked to ECOWAS conflict prevention mechanism at the regional level. The program seeks to:

 

  • Promote Proactive/ Preemptive and Integrated approaches to Conflict Prevention and peacebuilding;
  • Develop Community, loccal government, state and national capacities/ Structures for conflict prevention through early detection, early warning and early response mechanism;
  • Develop training modules for early warning and strategic purposes;
  • Training of Early warning Trainers, Conflict Monitors and Conflict Analysts;
  • Identify and monitor context specific conflict indicators and analyze them for preventive purposes;
  • Developing and facilitating the establishment of Nigeria Corps of interveners;
  • Conducting Peace and Conflict profile research in Nigeria for Data base development and technical assistance;
  • Establishing a Nigeria Civil Society early warning-response mechanism;
  • Foster Collaborative relationships with/between civil society and exisiting states and national early warning, conflict prevention and peacebuilding organizations.
  • Share early warning reports, policy briefs, preventive instruments, mechanisms, tools, and strategies with patners, stakeholders, policy makers, actors and potential interveners; and
  • Linking with the WANEP Regional and ECOWAS Conflict Prevention System
  • Develop and institutionalise Capacities of Civil Society Organizations for Humanitarian Emergency and Response
  • Providing rapid information on Disasters and Emergencies.


Highlight of the Current Projects of the Program:

The Humanitarian Emergency Response and Development project (HERD) was designed in February 2006 and it is currently in its third phase. The project is with the support of Oxfam Novib.

The first phase a 15months project focussed on internal capacity building for the Network to enable it position itself as the first civil society organization in Nigeria to be involved in disaster intervention as well as expanding its peace building interventions to accommodate humanitarian crises associated with disasters in Nigeria. Its strategic approach is to strengthen relationship with institutions like the National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigeria Red Cross Society that are already involved in disaster management through their engagement as consultants to offer technical expertise to the Network as well as building acceptability, partnership and niche in humanitarian crises. A standard Code of Conduct and Standard Practices, Contingency planning and systematic monitoring and analysis of humanitarian crises response in Nigeria were developed. Another outcome of the project is the creation of the platforms for multi-tracked relationship with critical stakeholders towards concerted approach to intervention and response to humanitarian crises in Nigeria

The second phase a three year project. The project has put in place a system for the generation of regular reliable data on the vulnerability and hazards that will serve as a reference for disaster response and management in Nigeria. It developed a system for the monitoring of the provision of effective and efficient disaster relief by local CBOs, in accordance with the contextualized Code of Conduct and international Sphere standards. The phase also consolidated platforms for the sharing of experiences and updated knowledge with other stakeholders (State and National Emergency Management Agencies, Nigerian Red Cross Society, and other NGOs) at state and national level. National annual lessons learnt workshops were organized, among others that validated the updated national Contingency Plan. The phase also developed the framework for the national early warning system to monitor the proximate conditions of conflict and disaster at the community to the national level towards facilitating early response to the identified risk factors.

The current phase of HERD is focussed on institutionalizing the Community based Early Warning by obtaining first-hand community level information using structured and systemic collection system, analyzing the information, and communicating the results of the analysis to policy makers/critical stakeholders in a form that would be easily recognized and understood to inform appropriate interventions on issues of conflict or disaster. An online National Early Warning System news.wanepnigeria.org was developed and the 37 states reporter including the FCT collects and reports data on the proximate conditions of conflict and disaster at the community level into the system. The data are generated work with the Community development department of Local government authorities as well as other NGO/CBOs in the state. Zonal Analysts at the zonal level is the first level of analysis thereby ensuring communication of early warning information to critical stakeholders that can provide early response at the state level is done faster.

The outputs of the Early Warning system/N.E.W.S include Weekly Highlights, Monthly Early warning Bulletin, Policy Briefs, Press Releases and Annual Country Risk Index is used to engage critical stakeholders like government agencies, humanitarian organizations, development partners and regional organizations in responding to conflict and humanitarian risks in Nigeria.

The Organogram linking componets of N.E.W.S

 

Disaster Risk Reduction Projects:

WANEP-Nigeria’s Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives is premised on the systematic development and application of policies, strategies and practices to minimize vulnerabilities and disaster risks, to avoid (prevention) or limit (mitigation and preparedness) the adverse impact of hazards in communities across Nigeria.

The Program has implemented several projects on disaster management and disaster risk reduction in partnership with Oxfam GB, Nigeria Office.
The first among these is the project on Consolidating Cooperation Between Disaster Management Agencies and Vulnerable Communities for Disaster Risk Reduction in Nigeria. This provided the platform for the review and reorientation of approach to disaster response to focus on developing proactive responses which has the capacity to prevent or mitigate vulnerabilities or risks of hazards faced by communities. It sought to strengthen partnerships, relationships and communications between policy makers, humanitarian organizations and communities exposed to various levels of nature and manmade disasters to enable communities’ access adequate support from humanitarian organizations and interface with policy makers on disaster management/coordination issues.

Another project carried out was the Strengthening the collaboration between Humanitarian Actors toward effective response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. The department undertook a Desk Review of Government Agencies and Non-Governmental organizations working on DRR in Nigeria, with the aims of enhancing access and linkages between vulnerable communities in Nigeria and disaster Management Institutions so that rapidly emerging threats and needs of affected communities can be properly adressed by responders. A composite directory of disaster management stakeholders in Nigeria comprising about 101 organizations working on humanitarian issues across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory for coordinated and effective response. Also a platform for engagement of humanitarian actors was created to share information and expertise to respond to humanitarian issues in Nigeria.

Currently the project on Strengthening the Capacity of selected Agro-producers in Northern Nigeria for Disaster Risk reduction and Mitigation is being implemented to build the capacity of farmers, pastoralists, fisher-folks in northern Nigeria on preventing and mitigating the risk of conflict and disaster in their community. This will also enable the groups to develop necessary skills for disaster risk reduction and conflict management using Dialogue.

Other Projects:

Election violent related activities in 2011 general elections. This was carried out in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Trainings were conducted for network members and to equip Election Monitors with skills to identify and monitor specific election related risk factors before, during and after the general elections. It also enabled monitors to design strategies to engage critical stakeholders in their respective states on Early Response to violent related activities through roundtables at the different stages of the general election.