Accord For Development emerges the Community Development Organization Of The Year 2018. The award is in recognition of Accord's giant stride in community development in the Niger Delta. Garden City Advancement Agency in Port Harcourt, Rivers State hosted the award.

Objectives

To Develop Participatory Peace Platforms in 3 LGAs in Rivers State and to strengthen the capacity of focal stakeholders to participate and interface in conflict mediation and management mechanisms towards improving peace and security in the 3 LGAs by  2017


 Target Beneficiaries

Community based organization’s (CBOs)

  •  LGA personnel (Chairmen, Secretary to LGAs, HPMs, Directors, etc)
  •  State Security agencies: Police, Timariv, Tax agents, paramilitary orgs, vigilante
  •  Women groups
  •  Civil society
  •  Federal Security: Army, JTF, Navy
  •  Political Parties
  •  Nigeria Bar Association
  •  Faith-based leaders
  •  Trade associations
  • Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs

 


Background/Summary

The Participatory Peace and Security Maintenance Program a.k.a PEACE-MAP is meant to provide a proactive and participatory platform which will serve as a veritable vehicle for the promotion, building and maintenance of peace and security objectives in River State with particular concentration in three LGAs across the state.  This project will implement activities meant to achieve the objectives of Output 1: Security and Governance which seeks to broaden societal participation in and oversight of, conflict management mechanisms at federal state and local government levels. The project will do this by improving Governance and Development through enhanced citizen participation in conflict prevention, management and peace maintenance initiatives.

The project is planned to run for 3 years and will lead to the establishment of Participatory Peace Platforms (PPP), the setting up of Peace Committees, an Early Warning System EWS, and will carry out capacity building training and workshops which will build the capacity of stakeholders to be peace promoters and peace agents in their communities. It will make ample use of the electronic and print media in the dissemination of change and values transforming mechanism which will promote peaceful resolution of conflict and bring about the stabilisation of the polity. It will adopt a participatory approach to ensure effectiveness and sustainability.

 


Achievement/ Impact/Change

It is also on record that the THM in Abuloma is the first of its kind where a THM will be organised for the Police to debrief a community on the importance of a police post before such is commissioned. This is meeting one of the aims of the PEACE-MAP project which is targeted at bridging the gaps between security personnel and the communities they serve.


Project Duration 

January 2013 - January 2016.


Partner (Donor)

British Council Department for International Development (DFID)/Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)


Success Stories 

One major success of the THM in Abuloma community was the reconciliation of the community leadership with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over a police post that is being sighted in Abuloma Community. The post which had lingered on for over two years was discovered not to be in the records of the police headquarters when Accord team wrote to the state commissioner of police to permit the OC Community Policing to come be a resource person for the THM in Abuloma community to educate the masses on community policing and security maintenance


Geographical Location

South-South, Rivers State

Objectives

To empower 100 women from the three target communities with micro credit for business expansion and diversification within the period 12 months.


 Target Beneficiaries

Kula, Idama and Elem-Ifoko are all coastal/riverine communities in Rivers State. Both Kula and Idama communities are in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the State, while Elem-Ifoko is located in Degema Local Government Area.


Background/Summary

The Support for Women In Micro-enterprise (SWIM) program is an initiative aimed at increasing the income generating potentials of women micro entrepreneurs in our communities of operation who have limited resources to function in their different livelihoods.

The SWIM program was piloted on women micro entrepreneurs who specialize in fish/sea foods business in some of our communities of operation in Rivers State.  

The program was aimed at increasing the income generating potentials of these women through the provision of improved processing technologies, adequate storage facilities as well as linkage to supply chains for local and export market.

The program was concentrated in three coastal communities in Rivers State namely; Kula, Idama and Elem-Ifoko as majority of the people of these communities (natives and settlers) are engaged in fishing.  Fishing contributes to over 70% of sources of income and work to over 60% of the households in these areas.

The pilot SWIM program received funding support from the Chevron Corporation under its I3E (Initiative Triple E: ‘Engage – Execute – Empower’) program. Chevron is committed to supporting the economic and social development of the people. This describes the company’s partnership with Accord through financial support for the SWIM project in three communities (Kula, Idama and Elem-Ifoko) neighbouring Chevron’s operations in Rivers State.

The I3E (Initiative Triple E: ‘Engage – Execute – Empower’) is an initiative designed by the Chevron Corporation to support people within their communities of operation through the provision of micro projects.

 


Achievement/ Impact/Change

The SWIM project has impacted positively on the beneficiaries across the three communities. The introduction to a more effective and efficient technology of fish/seafood preservation and processing had a tremendous impact on their livelihood activities. The beneficiaries were introduced to the fish smoking kiln and a multipurpose seafood processor to aid their businesses.


Project Duration 

January 2012 - December 2012.


Partner (Donor)

Chevron Corporation’s I3E


Success Stories 

The smoking kiln introduced is a local innovative and better technology for fish processing and preservation. The source of energy is coal that produces heat to dry the fish. It saves energy and because the smoke introduced is minimal, the carbon content on the fish is reduced.


Geographical Location

South-South Region, Rivers State

Objectives

  1.  The Setting up and registration of Umbrella cooperative society (Jisike, Izombe, Oguta Cassava Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society)
        
    (2)    Establish a-2 hectare (ha) cassava multiplication farm with improved varieties of cassava from IITA to provide enough planting materials for farmers in Jisike communities (1-ha each at Obeabor and Umunwama)
  2.  Ration or cut cassava stems from the 2-hectare farm after 8-12 months and distribute stems to at least 200 farmers in the Jisike Communities and all members of the JCGA for planting in their individual farms.
  3.  Train at least 150 farmers (JCGA) on cassava production best practices.
  4.  Train at least 150 farmers (JCGA) on production of cassava chips, odorless fufu flour and other relevant products.

(6) Link the Jisike Cassava Growers Association to Markets (Feed Millers, Livestock Farmers, hotels etc) to sell at least 25 tons of processed cassava products in 2 years


 Target Beneficiaries

150 Jisike Farmers


Background/Summary

The nature to wealth initiative: resourceful development for Jisike farmers is a project targeted at cassava farmers in Jisike, Izombe, Imo state. The initiative is supported by funding from Chevron Corporation under its I3E (Initiative Triple E: ‘Engage – Execute – Empower’) program in partnership with Jisike Regional Development Foundation and Accord for Community development. This project is targeted at 150 farmers of which 100 are women farmers while 50 are male youth farmers in Obeabo and Umunwama Communities in  Jisike (Izombe) in Imo State.
The project seeks to boost the production capacities of cassava farmers in Obeabor and Umunwama...


Achievement/ Impact/Change

Umbrella cooperative society (Jisike, Izombe, Oguta cassava Farmers Multipurpose cooperative society) The cooperative has been successfully registered with the ministry of commerce which is the approved government agency responsible for the registration of cooperatives in Imo state. 150 farmers were trained on cassava production and processing best practices, farmers linked with access of marketing cassava produce. 


Project Duration 

1st January 2013 - 1st January 2014.


Partner (Donor)

Chevron Corporation


Success Stories 

These crops are mostly produced in subsistence quantities; income is derived from the sale of some of the farm produce to cater for household needs. In Jisike, men, women and youths take part in farming, though more women engage in farm work than men and youths.


Geographical Location

South East Region, Imo State

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