[PRESS RELEASE] Invitation to the Official Release of Report: Models of Development and Experiential Learning in the Niger Delta

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The Niger-Delta region in the last few decades has witnessed the development of few successful community development projects. However, there has been a lack of conscious effort to document the characteristics, features or elements of these development projects that have led to their perceived success and replication. In 2012, PIND launched the Models of Development and Experiential Learning (MODEL), a research collaboration with the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic (NISER) and Brookings Institution Africa Growth Initiative based in Washington to fill these gaps.

The MODEL project under the Analysis and Advocacy Program at the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) aims to identify, describe, document and share development models that have obtained a perceived measure of success in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.

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Key informant interviews such as this one of women in the Akassa Community of Bayelsa State were important means of data collection that contributed to the report on the MODEL project

“We collected the data between August to September 2013, and are happy to finally be able to share our findings.” says Mr. Sam Daibo, the Executive Director of PIND. “We believe that the replication of these development models will add innumerably to the success of socioeconomic development projects in the Niger Delta.”

Partnership is key to PIND’s approach to development, and the Foundation’s collaboration with NISER and the U.S.-based Brookings Institute added to the rigor and viability of the recommendations following the project.

“Brookings Institute and NISER are both well-recognized public policy think-tanks internationally and nationally, respectively,” says Mr. Micah Mendie, PIND’s Analysis and Advocacy Program Officer. “Their involvement adds a high-level of data assurance and helped properly situate the information presented in the context of the Niger Delta’s geopolitical and socioeconomic reality.”

The Akassa Development Foundation Community and the Songhai Rivers Initiatives Farms models were selected for the first cycle of this project through a collaborative process for this phase of the pilot study, having met all the selection criteria of a successful development intervention.

Findings from the MODEL project have already been disseminated at events such as this one at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with research analyst at Brookings Institute Ms. Jessica Pugliese presenting

Findings from the MODEL project have already been disseminated at events such as this one at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with research analyst at Brookings Institute Ms. Jessica Pugliese presenting

The fieldwork and report for this project was concluded in January 2014, while a validation workshop on the report findings was held in Port Harcourt in April 2014. The purpose of this forum is to disseminate the findings of the research among targeted stakeholders within and outside the Niger Delta region who will find these models useful by way of replication and adaptation.

You are thus cordially invited to this dissemination event which is scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and Abuja. The details for both events are as follows:

Theme: Models of Development and Experiential Learning in the Niger Delta
Venue for Abuja: Rockview Royal Hotel, 194/196 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja
Date: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014
Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Theme: Models of Development and Experiential Learning in the Niger Delta
Venue for Port Harcourt: PIND Office, 6 Tombia Road, GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Date: Thursday, 26th June 2014
Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Please kindly confirm your participation and acceptance of this invitation to Mr. Micah Mendie at micah@pindfoundation.org

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