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DFID Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)

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SDDirect was a core partner and gender lead managing the implementation of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), a ground-breaking conflict management and peacebuilding programme running from 2011 to 2017. NSRP was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by a consortium led by the British Council in partnership with International Alert and Social Development Direct. 

NSRP was one of the first programmes to take a truly holistic and integrated approach to peacebuilding by combining a number of conflict mitigation methodologies. It worked at the federal level in eight focal states in the most conflict-affected parts of Nigeria (Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, Borno, Plateau, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta), at both state and community levels.  NSRP aimed to strengthen capacity of institutions, organisations and activists to manage conflict non-violently and reduce its impact on the most vulnerable and marginalised. It had four strands, with conflict sensitivity, gender mainstreaming and social inclusion as bedrock principles.

  • Increasing inclusivity, coordination and accountability of decision making around security and governance by bringing together government officials, security agencies and civil society
  • Mitigating the grievances that drive conflict by addressing youth unemployment, conflict over land and water resources and environmental degradation caused by oil spills
  • Increasing the influential participation of women and girls in peacebuilding and reducing violence against them through running peace clubs for young people, monitoring Nigeria’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and supporting women’s organisations
  • Influencing key stakeholders through research and advocacy, training and mentoring media practitioners on conflict sensitive communications and increasing the conflict sensitivity of other development actors

Our SDDirect team of international and national gender and inclusion experts provided technical expertise on gender, social inclusion and conflict and lead the women, peace and security output. We led and provided technical support to research teams, including on young women’s experiences of government youth unemployment and empowerment programmes, masculinities, conflict and experiences of  women and girls with disability of conflict and violence. We also provided strategic direction to the project through participation in the Programme Management Board.

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