Conflict management in Nigeria

Last week International Alert held a five-day training on conflict analysis and resolution for eight of Nigeria’s State Conflict Management Alliances (SCMA).

The training, which was held in Abuja from 18–22 August, was designed to strengthen the capacity of SCMA facilitators and conveners in the eight most violent and conflict prone states in Nigeria: Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Rivers and Yobe.

SCMAs bring together stakeholders from a range of different fields to discuss issues of peace and security, and to design joint action plans. They include representatives from state security services, government, civil defence, women’s peace and security forums, youth networks and civil society, and are facilitated and convened by impartial and well-respected organisations/agencies in each state, such as universities, civil society and NGOs.

The training provided attendees with a greater understanding of the causes of conflict and violence in their respective states, as well as giving them the tools to carry out multi-stakeholder conflict analyses and design conflict resolution interventions at the state level.

We held the training as part of our membership of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP). The training was delivered by NSRP’s consultant Dr Cynthia Irmer together with three national trainers: Sani Suleiman, Maji Peter and Dr Sunday Uchoche.

To find out more about NSRP, please visit the programme website at www.nsrp-nigeria.org