LIVELIHOOD SKILLS PROGRAM
As a Nigerian NGO that is based in Jos, Plateau State, NEEDCSI has worked to promote peace, interfaith collaboration, education, and sustainable livelihoods for women and men impacted by violence over the years, most recently by insurgency. Northern Nigeria has been in a decade-long struggle with insurgents, who killed, kidnapped, and forced the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. In communities already lacking jobs returning youth who are rejected by their families further exacerbate a fragile situation. In 2017 NEEDCSI partnered with the Global Center on Cooperative Security to provide reintegration training and support for these youth and the entire community. In 2018, NEEDCSI has received support from Peace Initiative Network (PIN) and Peace Direct as part of our “Strengthening Community Resilience and Engaging Relevant Stakeholders in the Prevention of Violence and Recruitment to Extremists Groups in Northern Nigeria”.
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen community resilience to violence and recruitment to extremist groups in Northern Nigeria through income generating and peacebuilding activities and increased collaboration of peacebuilding CSOs. Project activities include:
Establishment and support to School-based Peace Education Clubs and Youth Friendly Centers
Livehoods Training of Young People and Women
Stakeholder Mobilization through Community Gatherings and Meetings for Peace
This social protection systems support rehabilitation, community reintegration and social inclusion of youth and women, who are victims and survivors of war and violent conflicts in several parts of Nigeria, but especially in Northern Nigeria.