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Nigeria stability and reconciliation programme

Ending violent conflict in Nigeria

This project aimed to reduce the impact of violent conflict in Nigeria and promote conditions for inclusive economic growth, thereby lifting people out of poverty.

Violent conflict in Nigeria has increased due to weak accountability, unemployment and ethnic tensions. It has disrupted livelihoods, discouraged investment and prevented the delivery of basic services.

In some areas, there are ethnic conflicts over access to resources and power; in others, religious tensions continue to grow, particularly with the emergence of the insurgent group Boko Haram. In the Niger Delta, while armed violence and deaths have decreased since the 2009 amnesty, the underlying causes of conflict have still not been resolved.

By working alongside state and non-state institutions, including traditional and religious bodies at the federal level and in eight states, the project will help people to reduce and manage conflict. It will provide technical assistance and grants to support Nigerian efforts to end violent conflict and promote stability, peace and prosperity. And it will identify opportunities for involving women and girls in formal peacebuilding processes.

Over its five years as a DFID-funded programme, NSRP led to both policy and practice changes around peacebuilding in Nigeria. Specifically, it contributed to over 43 policy or practice changes that have positively impacted on stability and reconciliation. These include key national peace and security policy initiatives such as the National Security Strategy, National Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) and National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. NSRP also significantly influenced practice of actors and institutions involved in peacebuilding through its research, technical assistance, capacity building and information sharing initiatives. Notable practice changes are in the areas of institutionalisation of conflict sensitivity, gender mainstreaming, social inclusion and conflict sensitive communications that NSRP has assumed thought leadership.

NSRP made impressive contributions towards normative and attitudinal changes at personal, community and national levels especially in the areas of gender and social inclusion norms and addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG). As a result of investments in peace clubs which have trained over 15,000 boys and girls and young women and men, there is increased reporting of VAWG that signify breaking the pervasive culture of violence.

One of the main achievements of the project was capacity building of a wide variety of stakeholders. These include training of about 1200 staff of 159 partner organisations on monitoring and evaluation, programme management and financial reporting; training of 422 security spokespersons and media practitioners on media relations in the context of security management; training of over 900 journalists on conflict sensitive communications; training of over 100 religious leaders on moderation and countering of violence narratives and training of over 20,000 young persons in NSRP supported peace clubs, youth employment advocacy and youth peace ambassadors initiatives.

This project ran from July 2012 to October 2017.