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Civil Society Support Initiative on Political Marginalization in the Niger Delta

A Training Needs Assessment Tool was designed by Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for Non states Actors i.e. NGO’s, CSO’s, CBO’s and FBO’s to enable them bridge the gaps identified between them and their target beneficiaries with the tool provided, the Assessment was carried out in the Nine (9) Niger Delta states as Stated;

Ondo State

Benin State

Delta State

Bayelsa State

Rivers State

Abia State

Akwa Ibom State

Cross Rivers State

Imo State

Objective:

  1. Build the capacity of civil society organizations and other non­­­-state actors in the Niger Delta working with politically marginalized, disadvantaged or vulnerable groups
  2. Building the capacity of politically marginalized, disadvantage or vulnerable groups in the Niger Delta to acquire more effective means of political expression and thus participate in the political/democratic process without resorting to violence
  3. Encourage political Pluralism
Intended outcomes: Outcome indicator:
Civil society organization and other non-state actors being important actors in building the capacity of marginalized groups in the Niger Delta, acquire the capacity to prepare these groups to enter the political arena and to occupy more political space; The capacity and skills of civil society organizations and other non-state actors in the Niger Delta in civic education/training, awareness raising activities and stakeholders engagement is strengthened; more activities geared towards marginalized communities implemented, and CSO’s play a role in interfacing with local authorities (evidence by the mid-term and the end of the of the project surveys);
Political marginalized and disadvantage groups in the Niger Delta become aware of their political rights and responsibilities and are empowered to exercise these rights and observe those responsibilities Politically marginalized and disadvantage groups is built with significantly improved their knowledge of civic/political rights/political rights/responsibilities and the democratic process (evidenced by evidenced by the mid-term and the end of the project surveys);
Political marginalized and disadvantage groups in the Niger Delta are more political activated and functionally participate in the political process and democratization of the Niger Delta Participation of marginalized and disadvantaged groups in local political processes has increased by 40%, (Base line %) we may not be able to determine the percentage but we shall document at least 2 incidents of previously marginalized groups engaging with local and state government institutions, agencies or departments as well as community government structures in each state.
Politically marginalized and disadvantage groups in the Niger Delta are less actively resort to violence as a means of political expression and acquisition of political space. Use of violence as a means of political expression had reduced by 40%, there is no existing baseline survey for now, perhaps until the PRA is conducted; however, in the Niger Delta there is a high incident rate of violent political expression which has drastically reduced by the amnesty currently implemented by the federal government. It will be an indicator when we have at least five community groups engage with government and other oil companies and dialogue with themselves using non-violent approaches, for instance the ex-militants who are going through the amnesty training programme are already talking about “our beloved community is a framework for the future”.
The three function of government are engage to encourage political pluralism. The three functions of government is engaged, and provide significant support to encourage the participation of marginalized or disadvantage groups in the political and democratic process;

The Content of the training intend to address issues raised therefore proffering alternative solution and ways in which vulnerable group or marginalized group (s) in the Niger Delta can express their opinion without engaging in violent measures to share economic and political power, the training is determine to enhance the capacity of non states actors and impact positively on their target beneficiaries.

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