Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND)
The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), also known as PIND, was established in 2010 with initial funding of 50million USD from Chevron Corporation as a regional 2010 to 2014 strategy for addressing deep-rooted socio-economic problems in the Niger Delta rather than symptoms by growing networks of international and local partners to collaborate in developing and implementing new solutions and reducing dependence on oil in the region.
They are a Nigerian Non-Profit organization headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria with offices in Warri, Delta State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Their mission is to build partnerships for peace and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta.
Their vision is to achieve a legacy of sustainable peace and development among communities in the Niger Delta.
PIND guides, informs and measures itself by belief and commitment to:
-Stewardship – protecting the health and safety of their workforce, maintaining and efficiently controlling financial resources, upholding their reputation for transparency and accountability, and ensuring a “do no harm” approach is maintained in all programs and activities.
-Excellence – demonstrating professionalism in all aspects of their work, consistently delivering results against plans and targets, applying innovation to needs, problems and opportunities, being recognized as a model that others want to emulate, and applying effective strategies for reducing conflict and poverty
-Learning– having a well trained professional workforce, quality visionary leadership at all levels, efficient operations and systems, effective partnerships and networking, and being a learning organization with a shared vision of development
-Sustainability – having strong funder relationships, consistent revenue raising ability and track record, being recognized as a development partner with government, community, civil society and non-government organizations, and being flexible and adaptive to the needs of their beneficiaries.
PIND will always:
-Seek relevant government participation and support for project activities.
-Use participatory approaches to ensure all affected groups take part in the prioritization, design, implementation, and evaluation of project activities.
-Integrate gender and youth participation and main-streaming of their issues into every aspect of project design and implementation.
-Ensure all projects support universal human rights and promote social justice and equity.
-Promote concepts of transparency and accountability amongst all stakeholder partners.
-Assess social and environmental impacts before project plans are completed, including an analysis of potential conflicts.
-Seek to establish sustainable results for project beneficiaries that are not dependent upon continued donor support and maintenance beyond the life of the project.
-Invest in building the capacity of CSOs that have a clearly recognizable and acceptable constituency of beneficiaries.
-Incorporate conflict resolution and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes in all programs.
-Ensure all projects contribute to an environment for sustainable economic growth.
-Ensure safety and security of project staff and partners.
-Build expertise and leadership in PIND, partners and beneficiaries.
-Communicate clearly, simply and consistently with all PIND staff, partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries
-Make evidence-based decisions using robust monitoring and evaluation systems and Processes
They receive their funding from Chevron Corporation through their U.S-based strategic partner, the Niger Delta Development Initiative (NDPI). They work together with NDPI as one team focused on the same strategic objective: achieving a peaceful and enabling environment for equitable economic growth in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. As PIND, they focus on operational planning, project implementation and coordination with development partners while NDPI, based in Washington, DC focuses on strategic planning, project funding, partnership development, and raising the international development community’s interest and support for poverty alleviation and peace in the Niger Delta. NDPI provides operating and individual project grants to them, while they support and guide day-to-day project decision-making and monitoring of project performance.
They utilized the initial funding from Chevron to set up a solid organizational structure for PIND and make substantial progress in an array of initiatives developing markets, mitigating conflict, building local capacity and increasing awareness and information of the challenges and opportunities in the Niger Delta. PIND matched the funding 1:1 with $ 50 million of partner commitment and investment. This came from project co-funding notably from donors and from private partners investing their own money as a result of their market development work.
In 2015, their performance attracted additional funding of USD40million from Chevron that will enable them to continue to provide development support to the region until 2019. They are using this to drive the acquisition of new partners and initiatives that will deepen their impact and broaden their reach.
Specifically, they are investing more in new and existing market sectors with high employment potential, increasing the density of their Partners for Peace network, building conflict mitigation capacity, expanding integrated advocacy campaigns addressing constraints to development, and strengthening institutional capacity of States, local government councils, civil society organizations, including business membership organizations, communities and PIND as an organization.
In this second phase of funding, PIND intends to make even greater use of Chevron funding to leverage non-traditional sources of funding such as private sector investment, cost sharing, co-funding, and co-investment. They have targeted a 2:1 matching, which is $ 80 million of partner funding. They will make more effort to leverage increased and better quality investment expenditure by the public and parastatal sector as well as financial contributions by the private sector.See more