Participant during VAAP and CPL workshop in DTR

Martawa Zuromaye

Project Status: Ongoing

Martawa Zuromaye

Participant during VAAP and CPL workshop in DTR

Project Focus Area

Social-Economic Development and Civic Engagement

Project Start Date

October 1, 2022

Project End Date

September 30, 2024

Total Project Budget

$62,092.17

Project Location

Damaturu and Yusufari LGA Yobe State

Name of Donor

Care International

Project Summary

To support the enhancement of survivor-centered efforts to prevent, mitigate, and respond to all forms of gender-based violence—especially EFM and FGM/C—CARE will lead comprehensive, coordinated efforts in targeted communities in conflict-affected Southern Niger and NE Nigeria. In Niger, local partners SOS FEVV and SONGES NGO will be supported to create and strengthen MMD groups— informal groups of women trained by CARE to safely discuss and organize around women’s rights issues—giving them tools to tackle GBV at the community level and collaborate with existing CSOs to both provide services to communities and advocate for societal change.

Key Outcome

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Nubwa Josiah Project Manager CARE

Through our collaborative efforts, we are witnessing a significant transformation in our local partners' capabilities. They are becoming better equipped to engage in Social Analysis and Action (SAA) and to offer the essential GBV services needed by survivors. This not only empowers our partners but also ensures that vulnerable individuals in our community receive the support they deserve.

5/5

Mallam Baba Com. Leader Yusufari LGA

Through our collective efforts, communities are becoming more empowered and vigilant in the fight against Gender-Based Violence. We are currently achieving this by conducting awareness sessions and engaging in SAA activities that not only raise awareness but also strengthen our ability to prevent and respond to GBV effectively.

5/5

Barr. Altine Chairperson Women-led. CSOs

I firmly believe in the power of supporting the establishment of a sub-regional network and cross-border social movement in Nigeria. Our collective mission is clear: to amplify women's voices and unite in our commitment to advocating for gender-based violence (GBV) solutions that prioritize survivors. Through this collaborative effort in all our programs/activities, we aim to drive positive change and make our advocacy efforts even stronger.

Executive Summary

In the conflict-ridden regions of Northeast Nigeria and Southern Niger, the pervasive impact of Boko Haram has posed formidable challenges for civil society organizations (CSOs) dedicated to combating gender-based violence (GBV). These CSOs are increasingly confronted with a growing number of GBV cases, encompassing early forced marriage (EFM), female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), intimate partner violence (IPV), and sexual assault. Financial constraints, a lack of awareness regarding pertinent laws and policies, and the use of outdated or ineffective service delivery methods further compound these challenges. Additionally, difficulties in coordinating efforts and engaging in joint advocacy initiatives hinder their collective effectiveness.

 

Nigeria, despite sharing a border and experiencing a common conflict, exhibits unique vulnerabilities in its respective GBV prevention and response frameworks. In Niger, the absence of a designated GBV sub-cluster and limited government support for GBV initiatives hinder the ability of organizations to advocate for policy changes. In Northeast Nigeria, where a sub-cluster is in place, individual organizations grapple with resource constraints and capacity limitations, impeding their overall effectiveness in GBV prevention and response.

 

To address these complex issues, the African Youths for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV) is currently implementing the MARTAWA ZUROMAYE project, generously funded by USAID through CARE International. This two-year project, ‘Dignity and Security’ in Hausa, seeks to enhance a survivor-centered and community-based approach to GBV prevention and response, with a specific focus on the Yusufari Local Government Area (LGA) in Yobe State.

 

The MARTAWA ZUROMAYE project prioritizes behavioral change to discourage FGM/EFM practices and prevent gender-based violence. It adopts the Social Analysis and Action (SAA) model to comprehensively understand the experiences in conflict-affected communities where harmful practices like FGM/EFM prevail. The project’s ultimate aim is to harness social dialogue to transform societal norms and foster positive attitudes towards GBV.

 

Moreover, the project delves into social and moral norms, exploring their impact on children’s well-being and rights. It employs the adaptable Social Analysis and Action (SAA) tool to address negative societal norms, strengthen survivor-centered initiatives, and empower communities to combat GBV at the grassroots level. Ongoing collaborative efforts with protection committees and community-based organizations have formed a key part of the project, enabling the delivery of services to communities and advocacy for societal change through community awareness campaigns. This comprehensive approach endeavors to combat the prevalent harmful social norms within the community.

ITNs campaign to eradicate Malaria in Yobe State

The ITNs Campaign to eradicate Malaria in Yobe State

Project Status: Completed

ITNs campaign to eradicate Malaria in Yobe State

Project Focus Area

Social Development (Health)

Project Start Date

September 6, 2022

Project End Date

October 8, 2022

Total Project Budget

$2,200

Project Location

Yobe State (Nangere)

Name of Donor

Malaria Consortium Programme

Project Summary

The project aims to reduce the burden of malaria through the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets distribution to increase the overall number of households protected from malaria. The project through sensitization at the community level will create demand for ITNs thereby encouraging acceptance and utilization of personal protective equipment such as the ITNs and face masks, and sanitizers to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities.  

Key Outcome

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5/5

Chilariye ward of Nangere LGA Yobe State

I'm grateful for the project's efforts in providing us with Insecticide Treated Nets. Now, more households have access to this life-saving tool against malaria. Mohammed Malami

5/5

Aisha Iliya from Dawasa ward of Nangere LGA Yobe State

Since receiving the ITNs from the project, I've noticed a significant decrease in malaria cases in our community. It's such a relief to see our families healthier and happier.

5/5

Adamu Bala from Tikau ward of Nangere LGA Yobe State

Thanks to the project's sensitization efforts, I now understand the importance of using ITNs, wearing face masks, and using sanitizers. I've started practicing these habits, and I encourage others to do the same for the well-being of our community.

5/5

Dazigau ward of Nangere LGA Yobe State

Before the project, I wasn't aware of the role face masks and sanitizers play in preventing COVID-19. Now, I use them regularly and encourage others to do so too. It's crucial for us to protect ourselves and those around us.

Executive Summary

AFRYDEV, a humanitarian and development organization with over 9 years of experience in Northeast Nigeria, aims to promote safe societies and empower conflict-affected communities to prevent recruitment, radicalization, and engagement in violent extremist activities, conflict, and gender-based violence. With a focus on youth, women, and girls, implementing interventions to enhance well-being and social mobility. From September 2022 to October 2022 AFRYDEV undertook a project with the aim of reducing the burden of malaria in Yobe State. The project involved the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) to households, increasing the number of protected households. Through community-level sensitization, the project created the demand for ITNs and promoted the acceptance and utilization of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and sanitizers. This prevents malaria and reduces the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities.

Constructed Market Shade in Dilala

Strengthen Resilience building through Livelihood’s support to promote durable solutions for IDPs, returnees, and residents in Geidam and Yunusari, Yobe State

Project Status: Completed

Strengthen Resilience building through Livelihood’s support to promote durable solutions for IDPs, returnees & residents

Project Focus Area

Social-Economic Development and Civic Engagement

Project Start Date

March 1, 2022

Project End Date

November 30, 2022

Total Project Budget

$40,000

Project Location

Geidam L.G.A Yobe State

Name of Donor

from COOPI through HNF

Project Summary

The 10-month project in Geidam and Yunusari, Yobe State, funded by COOPI through HNF, aims to enhance resilience and promote durable solutions for IDPs, returnees, and residents. It reduces conflict impact, provides livelihood options, engages communities, and strengthens local markets. Implemented by COOPI with AFRYDEV, the project focuses on increasing income sources and enhancing community resilience.

Key Outcome

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Maryam Aje ED AFRYDEV

Through our partnership with a national NGO, we have been able to strengthen community resilience and improve access to basic services. By building the capacity of government and communities and rehabilitating basic infrastructures, we are making a tangible difference in the lives of the people in our area.

5/5

Kaumi Gogoji CDO Geidam LGA

The project has successfully enhanced the capacity of local government, civil society organizations, and community members on governance and service delivery. Now, we are better equipped to address the needs of our community and ensure effective and efficient service provision.

5/5

Babagana Ali Chairman Market Association of Geidam.

Thanks to the rehabilitation and construction of 10 water access points and market structures, people in our community now have improved access to basic services and economic opportunities. These developments have positively impacted our overall well-being and have contributed to the economic development of our area.

5/5

Zanna Ali Community Head of Geidam LGA.

The project has played a crucial role in strengthening income generation opportunities. By establishing and scaling up small to medium-sized businesses, we have been able to generate sustainable income streams. The provision of skills training and necessary inputs has empowered us to thrive and achieve economic independence.

5/5

Ibrahim Bana Community member.

As a youth from a vulnerable community, I am grateful for the project's efforts in increasing employment opportunities. Through market-driven skills training and business grants, I have been able to secure a job and improve my livelihood. This project has truly made a difference in empowering the youth and uplifting our communities.

Executive Summary

The project was designed to address the pressing needs of conflict-affected populations in the Geidam and Yunusari LGAs of Yobe State. The project is based on recent data and assessments conducted by COOPI and AFRYDEV, highlighting the dire situation of food insecurity, economic deterioration, and lack of livelihood opportunities in the region.

The conflicts in North-East Nigeria have severely impacted primary food production, leaving a significant portion of the population reliant on food assistance programs. The limited access to farmland has resulted in reduced harvests and profits for farmers, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The high levels of food insecurity have led to acute malnutrition, affecting the well-being of the communities.

The project aims to address these challenges by focusing on livelihood support, capacity building, and rehabilitation efforts. By providing start-up capital, appropriate tools, and business skills training, the project seeks to empower small business owners and enhance their operations. Additionally, the project aims to improve market systems and infrastructure to reduce the financial and opportunity costs incurred by communities in accessing key supplies.

The assessments conducted by COOPI reveal the urgent need to prioritize income generation activities and economic reintegration programming, such as Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), in Geidam and Yunusari. This will not only improve self-reliance but also enhance community resilience and reduce vulnerability.

In conclusion, this project addresses the critical challenges faced by conflict-affected populations in Geidam and Yunusari. By providing livelihood support, capacity building, and infrastructure rehabilitation, the project aims to promote self-reliance, enhance community resilience, and decrease vulnerability. The findings from the needs assessments highlight the urgency and importance of implementing sustainable and effective interventions to improve the lives and livelihoods of the affected communities.

 

A group of fashion designing graduates who have successfully completed their skills training program.

Strengthening women participation through leadership development, Empowerment and livelihood for reducing the risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Yobe Northeastern Nigeria

Project Status: Completed

Strengthening women participation through leadership development, Empowerment and livelihood for reducing the risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Project Focus Area

Promoting gender equitable social norms, attitude and behaviors

Project Start Date

November 12, 2020

Project End Date

November 12, 2022

Total Project Budget

$196,880

Project Location

Yobe State, (Geidam)

Name of Donor

UN-Women through the Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and Spotlight Initiative

Project Summary

Violence against women and girls, rooted in gender power imbalances, hinders gender equality and poverty eradication. Boko Haram’s insurgency devastated Northeast Nigeria, displacing millions, and damaging infrastructure. NGOs led by WOYEN, and partners including AFRYDEV implement a 24-month project in Yobe State. Empowering women, reducing GBV risks, and improving livelihoods. USD 195,000 funding sought from WPHF..

Key Outcome

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Hassan Abdullahi Community Member

I used to think violence against women and girls was inevitable, but now I understand that it is completely unacceptable. We have shifted our beliefs and behaviors to create a safer and more equal community.

5/5

Idris Bala Community member in Geidam LGA.

Our community has undergone a remarkable transformation in our attitudes and behaviors towards violence against women and girls. We now understand that it is a crime and completely unacceptable. We are committed to fostering gender equality and creating a safe environment for all individuals.

5/5

ABDULKARIM ABACHA Women's Rights Activist in Geidam LGA

Through awareness programs and education, we have witnessed a significant shift in societal values. Women and girls are now empowered to exercise autonomy over their bodies and lives. This change is instrumental in building a more just and equitable society.

5/5

Mohammed Musa Government Representative in Geidam LGA.

It is inspiring to see how individuals, communities, and institutions have united against violence. We actively condemn gender-based violence and work towards creating a society that values and respects the rights of women and girls. We have come a long way in our journey towards gender equality.

5/5

Hadiza Gambo Health Service Provider in Geidam LGA

The establishment of a community-level prevention and response mechanism has made a tangible difference in ensuring the safety and justice for women and girls. They now have increased access to support services, enabling them to rebuild their lives and seek justice against perpetrators.

5/5

Kaumi Mohammed Goggobi Government Official CDO of Geidam LGA

Government service providers have become more responsive and accountable to the needs of women and girls. The allocation of resources and the implementation of effective policies have bolstered our efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence. We are committed to ensuring their protection and well-being.

5/5

Bako Bako NGO Representative in Geidam LGA

Women and girls are no longer silent victims. They are now empowered to speak up, seek justice, and access the support they need. This change is a testament to their resilience and the collective efforts of organizations and activists working tirelessly to address gender-based violence.

5/5

Maryam Bako survivor from the Ashiki ward of Geidam LGA

I now know my rights and feel empowered to claim them. Through the resources and support provided, I have gained control over my life and have a say in important decisions. Women and girls are no longer silenced but actively contributing to our society.

5/5

Fatsuma Adamu Women's Empowerment Trainer in Geidam LGA

Empowering women and girls with knowledge of their rights has been transformative. They are now equipped with the confidence and resources to claim their rights and actively participate in decision-making processes. This has resulted in a more inclusive and equitable society.

5/5

Hassan Baba Hausari Community Leader in Geidam LGA

Women and girls have embraced their role as agents of change. With enhanced ownership of resources and increased access to opportunities, they are driving social progress and challenging gender inequalities. Their voices and contributions are invaluable in shaping a better future for all.

5/5

Safiya Umar Survivor from Hausari Community of Geidam LGA

Through empowerment initiatives, women and girls have realized their full potential. They are actively engaged in political, legal, economic, and social spheres, breaking barriers, and making significant contributions. Their empowerment has truly transformed our society.

Executive Summary

Over the course of the past 24 months, AFRYDEV, a well-established humanitarian and development organization with extensive technical expertise in Northeast Nigeria, successfully implemented a transformative project aimed at addressing the deep-rooted issues of violence against women and girls in the region. Building upon their nine years of experience, AFRYDEV focused on designing and implementing interventions that improve the well-being of youth, women, and girls, ultimately promoting positive social mobility.

Aligned with their vision of change, AFRYDEV strategically worked towards creating safe societies and empowering conflict-affected communities to prevent the recruitment, radicalization, and participation of women and youths in violent extremist activities, conflicts, and gender-based violence. Their comprehensive approach encompassed a range of initiatives aimed at driving lasting positive change.

Collaborating with a consortium of NGOs, namely Women and Youths Empowerment Initiative (WOYEN), Mai Goje Foundation, Hope Interactive, and African Youths for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation, AFRYDEV successfully implemented the project with a keen focus on empowering women, reducing risks of gender-based violence, and improving livelihoods.

The project, with a budget of USD 195,000, sought funding from the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and received the necessary support to implement its transformative initiatives. Throughout the project duration, AFRYDEV worked tirelessly to address the devastating impact of the Boko Haram insurgency, which had resulted in mass displacement, collapsing public services, and widespread destruction of infrastructure since 2009.

By providing protection and humanitarian assistance to approximately 7.7 million individuals in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, the project successfully addressed the urgent needs of those affected by the crisis. Notably, particular attention was given to women and girls who were disproportionately impacted by gender-based violence (GBV) in the region.

Through a holistic approach, AFRYDEV, in partnership with the consortium, focused on empowering women, enhancing their autonomy, and strengthening their access to essential support services. Additionally, they actively engaged communities, institutions, and government stakeholders to shift societal attitudes and behaviors, actively condemning and discouraging violence against women and girls.

AFRYDEV’s successful implementation of the project was underpinned by their deep commitment to gender equality, poverty eradication, and the promotion of human rights. By leveraging their technical expertise and strategic collaborations, they made significant strides in fostering safe societies, creating positive social change, and empowering conflict-affected communities to rebuild and thrive.

As a result, the completed project stands as a testament to the collective efforts of AFRYDEV, the consortium, and their partners, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of women, girls, and communities in Northeast Nigeria.

European Union Support to Early Recovery from Conflict and Resilience Building in Yobe (8)

European Union Support to Early Recovery from Conflict and Resilience Building in Yobe State

Project Status: Completed

European Union Support to Early Recovery from Conflict and Resilience Building

Project Focus Area

Social-Economic Development and Social Development

Project Start Date

August 1, 2020

Project End Date

January 30, 2022

Total Project Budget

N63,000,000

Project Location

Damaturu, Potiskum and Gujba LGAs, Yobe State

Name of Donor

International Alert under EU-funded consortium project

Project Summary

In conflict affected Yobe State, Nigeria, weak social cohesion persists due to suspicions and violence. Boko Haram’s association brings stigma to women, girls, and their children. International Alert, in an EU-funded consortium led by Save the Children, promotes early recovery. They prioritize conflict sensitivity and foster social cohesion. AFRYDEV supports social cohesion initiatives in project sites.

Key Outcome

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Ibrahim Babangadi - Community Member of Pompomari

We have witnessed a remarkable transformation in our community. The promotion of social cohesion has brought us closer together, bridging divides and building a sense of unity.

5/5

Amina Baba

The project has played a crucial role in breaking down stereotypes and prejudices. Women, girls, and their children are now seen as survivors, deserving of support and understanding.

5/5

Yerima Isa Project Stakeholder from MYSSD

Conflict sensitivity has been a game-changer. It has helped us address underlying tensions and ensure our actions contribute to long-term peace and stability.

Executive Summary

Through the implementation of the EU-funded project “EU Support to Early Recovery and Resilience Building,” led by International Alert and involving AFRYDEV, significant progress has been achieved in promoting social cohesion and addressing the challenges faced in Yobe State, Nigeria. The project focused on integrating conflict sensitivity and implementing activities to foster social cohesion in the context of the conflict with Non-state Armed Groups in Northeast Nigeria, particularly Boko Haram.

AFRYDEV played a vital role in supporting social cohesion initiatives in project sites, collaborating with influential leaders, social welfare officers, and community members. Capacity-building training sessions were conducted for these key stakeholders, focusing on peacebuilding and social cohesion in the three targeted Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Damaturu, Gujba, and Potiskum. The training aimed to enhance their ability to facilitate the reintegration and reconciliation of survivors back into their respective communities.

Additionally, AFRYDEV facilitated joint problem-solving and multi-stakeholder dialogue sessions, bringing together state and non-state actors to collectively address social cohesion challenges. These dialogue sessions created a platform for strategic discussions and the identification of solutions to various issues, fostering cooperation and understanding among stakeholders.

 

To mitigate the frustration, maltreatment, stigmatization, and marginalization faced by women and children associated with Boko Haram, AFRYDEV implemented the Support Session for Women and Girls (SSWG) program. Through psychosocial support sessions, AFRYDEV provided a safe space for 1,950 survivors to share their experiences and access peer-to-peer social support. The SSWG program helped survivors navigate their journey from trauma to recovery, empowering them to express themselves and find relief among others who had similar experiences.

Furthermore, the project aimed to counter stigma and marginalization by establishing linkages and relationships between survivors and women mentors in the state. This initiative facilitated shared learning, knowledge exchange, and positive self-esteem building among survivors, enabling them to play a more active role in their communities. Women-led mentors at the state and community levels supported the reintegration of survivors, ensuring their voices were heard and valued.

The project’s accomplishments reflect a significant step forward in strengthening social cohesion in Yobe State and creating an environment of acceptance, understanding, and support for survivors of violence associated with Boko Haram. By fostering dialogue, providing psychosocial support, and promoting shared learning, the project has contributed to building a more cohesive and inclusive society.

Community Peacebuilding project in Fika (11)

Community Peace building project in Fika L.G.A

Project Status: Completed

Community Peace building project

Project Focus Area

Improve and strengthen social cohesion

Project Start Date

October 2019

Project End Date

March 2020

Total Project Budget

N0000000

Project Location

Fika L.G.A namely; Fika town, Kukargadu and Gadaka

Name of Donor

Victims Support Fund (VSF)

Project Summary

  • Is a six months project from October 2019 to March 2020 funded by the Victims Support Fund (VSF) with the aim to improve and strengthen social cohesion in insurgency affected communities through peace building advocacies, capacity building and sport activities. The project was implemented in three communities of Fika L.G.A namely; Fika town, Kukargadu and Gadaka. The project is assisting affected communities through social cohesion and recovery initiatives to foster and rebuild relationships across boards that can sustain peace and prevent the reoccurrence of violent conflict.

Key Outcome

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5/5

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I have found a new reason to support my community through the capacity that I have. I belive peace is here to stay” Buba Samaila – Mai Angwa (Traditional leader).

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I have found a new reason to support my community through the capacity that I have. I belive peace is here to stay” Buba Samaila – Mai Angwa (Traditional leader).

Executive Summary

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