Project Status: Completed

Support for existing and new early warning system in Yobe State

Validation workshop in Potiskum

Project Focus Area

Social-Economic Development and Social Development

Project Start Date

March 2022

Project End Date

September 2022

Total Project Budget


Project Location

Damaturu, Potiskum and Fune LGAs

Name of Donor

International Alert , USAID under Northeast Connections

Project Summary

USAID, through the Northeast Connections program implemented by Creative Associates International, provides funding for early warning systems in Yobe State. The project aims to establish comprehensive and self-sustaining mechanisms for reporting and responding to Violent Extremism/conflict triggers. AFRYDEV engages stakeholders to support community-level platforms in 3 LGAs, mapping existing early warning systems and establishing a rapid response directory. Additionally, capacity building is provided for community platforms on reporting and response to enhance effectiveness.

Key Outcome

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Zanna Lili (Community Leader AbujanTalakawa)

The establishment of early warning and response platforms in our communities has greatly improved our ability to anticipate and respond to potential threats.


Ruth Iliya FOWICAN Damagum chapter

The capacity-building sessions have empowered us to recognize early signs of violence and conflict, enabling us to take proactive measures.


Diriss Adamu (Secretary Damagum Emirate Council)

Through the strengthened understanding of violent extremism risks, we are better equipped to mitigate its influence within our early warning and response platforms, promoting safety and security in our communities.

Executive Summary

The African Youths for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV), with funding support from USAID through the Nigerian Northeast Connection program, implemented a project in Fune Local Government Area (LGA) to strengthen early warning detection systems. The project aimed to identify early warning triggers, reduce the threat of ISWAP infiltration, and prevent the impact of violent extremism in vulnerable communities. AFRYDEV successfully identified 21 existing early warning systems and engaged 9 platforms within three project communities. Advocacy visits to government stakeholders and community leaders resulted in collaboration and community ownership for project sustainability. The advocacy efforts also improved communication between security actors and community members, enhancing the response to reported threats. AFRYDEV developed an Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) directory and referral pathway through mapping and validation meetings with stakeholders. A capacity-building training was conducted to strengthen the knowledge and collaboration between the new and existing early warning platforms in the 3 LGAs. Participants acknowledged the challenges in collaboration with security actors, the training also facilitated understanding, synergy, and collaboration with the police, DSS, and NSCDC.

 A joint monitoring mission and experience-sharing session were conducted to assess the project’s impact and strategize for ownership and sustainability. The findings highlighted the expansion of the project to other wards and communities, increased participation of security actors, and the need for EWER training for Traditional Institute. Overall, this project made significant contributions toward enhancing early warning and response mechanisms, promoting community engagement, and reducing the victimization of populations by insurgents.

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