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making an impact
in the niger delta

Cassava farmers, like those from the Ubulu – Uku Delta State pictured here, are seeing stronger cooperatives and increased commercial activity as a result of an innovative community engagement program in the Niger Delta.

Chevron is the third-largest oil producer in Nigeria and one of its largest investors, with assets on land, in swamps and in the near-offshore regions of the Niger Delta. The area is home to more than 30 million people, 70 percent of whom live in poverty.

For more than a decade, our company has been implementing innovative community engagement programs in the region, including the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) process – a community-led, multi-stakeholder participatory partnership model for community engagement and sustainable development launched in 2005 – and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation, launched in 2010.

NDPI and its Nigerian-based implementing partner, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), were created to help increase income, employment and equitable economic growth in Nigeria by building public-private partnerships. The work of NDPI and PIND complement Chevron Nigeria Limited’s (CNL) GMoU process of community engagement and sustainable development in the areas near our operations.

PIND activity in
the niger delta

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PIND has offices in Abuja, Warri and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which focus on program planning, management and coordination with development partners in nine states: Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ondo, Edo and Imo.

“Although socioeconomic challenges in the region persist, this combination of programs provides optimism amid the hard realities of daily life in Africa’s largest wetlands area.”

Mamadou Beye
Chairman of NDPI and General Manager of
Policy, Government and Public Affairs for
Chevron Africa and Latin America

progress toward achieving systemic
change

To evaluate the progress made by NDPI and PIND since inception, the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, was engaged to prepare an independent impact assessment report.

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The report shows that 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 development community. It also commends the role that Chevron has played in supporting NDPI and PIND, and calls on other private sector companies to examine approaches used by the foundations for potential replication in corporate responsibility efforts around the world.

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To date, NDPI and PIND have helped train more than 16,000 people, created nearly 1,200 jobs, and established more than 135 partnerships. Nearly 67,000 people have directly benefited from the organizations’ efforts.

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Above left: To support palm oil farmers and processors, PIND helps them improve their technical skills, access better processing and harvesting equipment, and secure a more consistent demand for their crops. Oil mill owners like Chief Damian Nwachukwu provide improved palm oil processing equipment as both a demonstration of better processing techniques and opportunity for increased livelihoods of palm oil farmers.

Above center: Regional peace-building network, Partners for Peace (P4P), holds Peace Camps, carries out local peace-building activities, and conducts media campaigns to create a peaceful society where healthy market systems can flourish.

Above right: Ejiro Eshareturi (far right), with the Ideal Women Advancement Initiative, partners with PIND to build the capacity of women to be leaders and agents of peace within their communities.

“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 Heather Kulp, NDPI executive director. “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.”

NDPI and PIND have achieved significant impacts in forging strong partnerships, alliances and networks, and in establishing a self-sustaining, rapidly growing movement of individual peace makers numbering more than 3,800 individuals, also according to the report.

“This report comes at a time when current events in the region are a reminder that the pockets of progress we and our partners have made are still influenced by larger, macro socioeconomic issues,” added Kulp. “We believe this is a period to refocus and reenergize – not retract – development efforts in the region.”

the power
of partnerships

NDPI was established with a five-year, $50 million endowment from Chevron and attracted additional support shortly thereafter from key partners such as the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2014, Chevron committed an additional $40 million to the initiative over the following five years.

In addition to Chevron funding, NDPI and PIND have 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.

“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,” said Clay Neff, PIND chairman and managing director of CNL. 

the IGD impact assessment report

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Updated: August 2016