2014 Annual Report
Advancing Peace and Economic Growth in the Niger Delta

What Partnership means to me

in the words of some of our partners and participants

Partnership is a common goal” ... “everyone has something to bring to the table” … “and the women, they have a role to play.
When you belong to partners…it becomes easier for you to achieve your mission.
Partnership is “understanding the capacity of the stakeholders” and “making sacrifice.
Partnership is reaching out to the next person” and the shared belief that “a peaceful society is a better society.
Alireza Moshiri, Chairman and President, NDPI

message from the chairman of the board of directors

Simply put, successful, sustainable economic development is not possible in the Niger Delta without partners. It requires the engagement and shared vision of corporations, local communities, government, nonprofit and donor organizations.

Last year, we continued to expand our robust partner network on the ground in the Niger Delta, in the U.S. and Europe.

To help expand our understanding of the value of NDPI partnerships, we recently interviewed dozens of individuals about their experiences collaborating with us. Some of their stories are presented within this report. The most common refrain was that NDPI’s activities are vital because there is no other organization in the Niger Delta doing what we do.

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In 2014, Chevron recognized NDPI’s successes and the ongoing critical need for this work to continue by providing an additional U.S. $40 million over the next five years, creating a U.S. $90 million investment in total – the single largest social investment in Chevron’s history. It exemplifies Chevron’s approach to social investment and the role the private sector can play in helping build stronger communities in the Niger Delta and around the world.

NDPI’s partner network comprised 137 organizations last year. We are grateful for the critical role that each and every partner plays in creating a brighter future for the people of the Niger Delta.

– Alireza Moshiri, Chairman and President, NDPI



Stanley Agbaegbu at his palm fruit mill in Umuagwo, Imo State, Nigeria, that utilizes technology designed by NDPI partner, the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research.  PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

NDPI’s partnership with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) introduced new palm fruit-milling technology to the Niger Delta that produced better quality palm oil, higher yields and profits during 2014. For Niger Delta farmers and millers like Stanley Agbaegbu of Umuagwo, Imo State, and a member of the Umuagwo Palm Oil Millers Cooperative Society, this had a big impact. 

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After learning about the NIFOR technology-based milling process from NDPI, Agbaegbu had a large new mill constructed on his farm in 2014. He now processes palm fruit into oil in a fraction of the time that he used to—in just seven minutes as compared to 24 hours via the previous system. The new method also extracts a larger quantity of higher quality oil per kilo of palm kernels. In addition to increasing the yield and profits from his own palm fruits, Agbaegbu is recouping his investment in the new mill by processing the kernels of other palm fruit farmers for a fee. 

The members of the Umuagwo Palm Oil Millers Cooperative Society that lease Agbaegbu’s new equipment or other modernized mills in the region also are prospering. Most report their annual profits have doubled thanks their partnership with NDPI.


NDPI’s mission is to establish and encourage innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships that support programs and activities which empower communities to achieve a peaceful and enabling environment for equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta. We seek to leave a legacy of sustainable peace and development among communities in the Niger Delta.

The nine states of the Niger Delta
In 2014, NDPI affirmed its position as the go-to resource for organizations seeking to leverage the best opportunities for socio-economic investment, improved governance and peace building in the Niger Delta. At the heart of our success is our commitment to meaningful partnerships.

“NDPI resoundingly answers the key questions: Where is the investor most welcome and how do you welcome them? NDPI and its Niger Delta partner, PIND, are the only organizations in the Delta that provide the ‘local partner handshake,’ that ability to make introductions and connections that create partnerships which leverage the financial strength of the private sector to make smart investments in the Delta that benefit everyone.”

The Opportunities and Challenges of the Niger Delta

The complexity of the social, cultural and economic environment of the Niger Delta means there is no single solution to the region’s development challenges. Small and medium-sized enterprises urgently need easier access to credit. Commerce also cannot expand without security. As a result, communities are striving to find real opportunities for sustainable economic growth and peace.

NDPI’s partnership approach is helping to generate solutions that enable governments, companies and donors to invest resources in ways that both diminish uncertainty and add value to a society in great need.

Top priorities of residents according to NDPI 2014 region survey.
Employment and income
Access to credit



In 2014, our partnerships in the aquaculture, cassava and palm oil sectors led to more investment from both the government and the private sector. In turn, they spurred the development of new technologies and the adoption of best practices that boosted agricultural productivity and quality while reducing operating costs. As a result, NDPI helped improve the farming practices of 2,000 fish farmers and linked more than 800 farmers to local service providers for business and technical assistance.

Construction continued on a new Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED) Center in Warri that will open in 2015 as a showcase for energy efficiency. The aim is to inspire positive shifts in construction practices, consumer demand and energy policies. NDPI’s ATED program also successfully tested an affordable and easy-to-use biosand water filter system in several rural communities of the Niger Delta. Recipients reported immediate improvements to their health and significant cost savings by greatly reducing the need to seek medical attention.

Akpobasa Benjamin, a member of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria, examines a mature catfish at a pond in Ughelli, Delta State.  PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

Partnerships That Net A Bigger Catch

For years, Chief Frances Omo Agege, the leader of the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) in Ughelli, Delta State, sought to shift his and his members’ farming businesses into a high yield and mass production enterprise. After partnering with PIND in 2014, Agege and CAFAN members are a big step closer to that dream.

“They (NDPI) have been able to introduce us to modern fish farming,” Agege said. “We used to feed inconsistently, but with the (NDPI) training we are now able to feed according to the weight of the fish. We are able to evaluate the quality of the (pond) water. At every stage we are able to apply best practices. (Catfish) Mortality and cannibalism are declining. It is phenomenal growth.”

For decades, Niger Delta farmers and international buyers have failed to tap the immense potential of the region’s catfish market. Traditional aquaculture practices often result in fluctuating water toxicity and PH levels, muddy earth ponds that are hard to navigate, high fish mortality rates, overfeeding, high production costs and inadequate accounting practices. For too many farmers, the result has been subsistence-level income and poverty.

In 2014, more than 1,000 Niger Delta catfish farmers who participated in the NDPI Aquaculture Value Chain Project reported a 17 percent average increase in profits.

Capacity Building:

Transforming Local Governance and Lives

NDPI’s capacity building program is transforming government, civil society and local communities of the Niger Delta into forces for positive social and economic change. Our efforts in 2014, in concert with an array of donor and implementing partners, enhanced institutional capabilities to deliver social services and engage in public decision-making, local governance and economic development project design and management.

During 2014:

  • In collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Research Triangle Institute, a two-year Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy program was launched. It is focused on improving the accountability and transparency of Niger Delta local government authorities, and resulted in significant improvements in government service delivery and transparency.

  • A 2014 assessment of NDPI’s Capacity Building for Local Empowerment (CAPABLE) Youth Leadership Capacity Building Project (two-year project completed in 2014) revealed that nearly all of the 80 participants either found employment or became engaged in community development activities.

  • The Strengthening Advocacy and Civil Engagement (SACE) Project, a five-year NDPI partnership with USAID and Chemonics International, was launched in 2014. Eight Niger Delta civil society groups were awarded grants to strengthen their abilities to influence development and implement democratic reforms at the local, state and national levels.

Aleru Nkechinyere (seated right), a past participant of a NDPI capacity building workshop, at her cyber café and business center in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

A Life Changing Experience

Aleru Darlene Nkechinyere owns a cyber café and business center in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where she offers photocopying, Internet browsing, passport photos, document binding and computer software training. In 2014, she participated in NDPI’s capacity building and youth leadership program. Of all the skills she learned from the program, Nkechinyere said she values enhancing her entrepreneurship and peace building skills the most. Both are integral to the Niger Delta’s long-term economic health.

One thing I learned is that peacemaking lives beyond the physical,” Nkechinyere said. “It lives beyond the now. It has a long-term effect. More (NDPI) trainings should be done because there’s nobody that would go for that training and come back the same. That’s the truth.”

When asked for examples about how she has utilized her new skills, Nkechinyere described how she improved her business practices and successfully intervened to defuse a potentially violent altercation in her community. According to Nkechinyere, her experiences demonstrated what she considers to be NDPI’s most important role in the region: training and empowering its citizens to build a more prosperous and peaceful future.

Ultimately, it is up to the members of the local community to implement and sustain changes wrought by successful development programs. That cannot happen in the Niger Delta without building the capacity of citizens like Nkechinyere.

Peace Building:

The Cornerstone For Sustaining Economic Growth

The critical nexus between peace building and economic development informs all of NDPI’s programs. Healthy market systems flourish in peaceful societies. Jobs created through economic development initiatives, in turn, help reinforce peace.

NDPI’s Peace Building program focuses on conflict analysis, conflict resolution training and peace education. The Partners for Peace (P4P) Network and our partnership with The Fund for Peace is key. In 2014, the network grew to 1,350 members that include traditional rulers, civil society actors, government officials, community leaders, local business leaders and students. They collaborate to empower Niger Delta communities most affected by violence.

During 2014:

  • 976 network members developed skills to anticipate, mitigate and prevent conflict

  • Governance was improved through the creation of a network charter and election of a central working committee

P4P network leader Deborah Effiong in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

P4P network leader Livingston Membere in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

A Mission of Peace

The Partners for Peace Network (P4P) attracts women like Deborah Effiong, the Rivers State coordinator for the network and Livingston Membere, president of the Kalabari Youth Federation and member of P4P. 

Effiong believes that “when peace is promoted, the general well-being of society is enhanced.” She pursued peace in the Niger Delta for a decade before joining the P4P network and is quick to point to research indicating that a higher presence of women in positions of governance reduces incidents of violence in society.

We see women as a group that can provide the necessary reach against violence,” Effiong said. “ In P4P we train [women] on early warning signs … most of the perpetuators of violence are their sons, boyfriends and husbands. So we believe that if we are able to get the women, we will get those who are promoting violence.”  

The Kalabari Youth Federation that Membere leads has 50,000 followers. When he joined the P4P network, he was seeking support for his activities mentoring young people and promoting education. “The first (P4P) meeting I attended, I signed up because of what I saw,” Membere shared. “The network is strong, efficient and has activity that I could take back to my community. We benefitted a lot from the network in terms of capacity building.

Analysis and Advocacy:

Transforming Local Governance and Lives

NDPI’s research-based approach to development increases social and economic stability in the Niger Delta region by improving decision-making, evaluation and outcomes. Sharing research and lessons learned with our partners helps ensure programs are informed by data.

In 2014, NDPI continued to convene key stakeholders in the U.S. and Nigeria via the Niger Delta Development Forums (NDDF). We also worked with partners to release critical analyses to improve program design and implementation.

During 2014:

  • NDPI launched the first-ever Washington DC NDDF in October with the theme of “Collaboration for Growth and Stability in the Niger Delta” and drew over 125 government, NGO and private sector stakeholders.  A  global NDDF online platform (www.nddforum.org) was launched for information sharing, working group support and partnership development. The NDDF held in the Niger Delta in November focused on opportunities in agriculture and attracted over 600 stakeholder participants.

  • The Models of Development and Experiential Learning (MODEL) study was released. MODEL is a collaborative effort between NDPI, PIND, the African Growth Initiative and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research to identify, describe, document and share successful development models in the Niger Delta.

NDPI partner and executive director of Imo State Directorate for Employment, Remy Chukwunwere, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. PHOTO: ANDREW ESIEBO

Getting to Work

Partner Profile: Remy Chukwunwere, Imo State Directorate for Employment

Remy Chukwunwere, an NDPI partner, is passionate about helping the youth of the Niger Delta develop the skills to find great jobs and create their own businesses. He has two important roles: one as Executive Director of the Imo State, Nigeria Directorate for Employment, the agency responsible for creating jobs for unemployed youths; the second as Executive Director of the African Youth Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded that mobilizes resources and promotes and supports sustainable youth empowerment and rural development.

“My vision is an Imo State where youths are empowered with skills that they need to take care of their families, not waiting for government jobs but doing what they know they can do for themselves to increase their income. With the support of NDPI and PIND, we will go a long way in achieving this vision.”

Imo State is expanding its palm oil industry, and Chukwunwere has been instrumental in connecting PIND to the farmers and producers in the state. PIND, in turn, has introduced new technologies and methods to improve production that has led to increased profits. “We cannot do it alone,” Chukwunwere said. “PIND has a wonderful team with special expertise in a number of development sectors. I am so grateful to the PIND team, it has been a wonderful partnership so far.

“We are partnering with PIND so that together we will create opportunity for the youths of the Niger Delta, and together we can work towards solving the unemployment problem.”

Selected NDPI Partners in 2014

Accord for Community Development (AccordDev)

NDPI and AccordDev are working to improve the capacity of five LGAs in the Niger Delta states of Imo and Rivers to deliver sustainable development projects aimed at boosting income generation and economic growth for the poor.

AccordDev also worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.

Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI)

CEDSI partners with NDPI through the provision of creative insights into NDPI’s projects and activities, drawing from the wealth of their development experience.


Chemonics partners with NDPI to implement the Maximizing Agricultural Revenue in Key Enterprises and Targeted Sites (MARKETS II) project to improve agricultural practices and the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) program to increase the ability of civil society organizations to work together for improved governance and institutional reform. Both programs are jointly funded by NDPI and USAID.

Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)

DAI is providing strategic guidance to NDPI in establishing and implementing the economic development program, helping with its design, development, implementation and evaluation strategies.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB – International)

NDPI is collaborating with EWB in the establishment of the ATED program, which includes the identification and research of technologies suited to the development needs in the Niger Delta and the establishment of an ATED Center located within NDPI’s EDC.

Forward Africa

In 2011, Forward Africa worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.

Forward Africa also received a sub-grant through the ADVANCE project to facilitate community involvement in governance for economic growth in six LGAs of Abia and Imo States.

Fund For Peace (FFP)

FFP provides strategic guidance to NDPI’s peace building program by supporting project design, development, and evaluation strategies.

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is collaborating with NDPI to support the reduction of conflict and promote equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta.

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE – Africa)

LITE – Africa is partnering with NDPI and Chemonics in the implementation of field projects under the SACE program, focused on improving governance and institutional reform.

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs 

The Ministry worked with NDPI in 2011 to analyze economic data on the Niger Delta to identify and prioritize growth opportunities for the poor.

Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF)

NDPI worked with the Morgan Smart Development Foundation to coordinate a small livelihood enhancement grant program for 73 Niger Delta women who support their families through various livelihood activities.

New Nigeria Foundation

NNF worked with NDPI in 2011 to collect and analyze economic data on the Niger Delta to identify and prioritize growth opportunities for the poor. They participated in the analysis of economic value chains to determine potential pilot projects under NDPI’s economic development program.

Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR)

NDPI partners with NIFOR to implement agricultural activities in the palm oil sector that enable individuals to access improved technology that can increase harvest yields and processing efficiency.

Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

RTI partners with NDPI in implementing the Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) program to boost local government delivery of public services by strengthening government capacity and fiscal management.

Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency

NDPI partners with the RSSDA to jointly plan,   implement, and coordinate economic development programs in Rivers State.

Self-Help and Rural Development Association (SHERDA)

SHERDA initially worked with NDPI on the analysis of economic value chains. After the initial analysis phase, they have been focused on the implementation of pilot interventions to remove systemic constraints to growth in the palm oil value chain.

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) with NDPI to understand and assess models of development that are seen as generating useful impacts where so many other efforts have failed.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Nigeria)

Through the IDPA, NDPI and USAID seek to increase agriculture-related incomes, improve the capacity of government and civil society institutions, and reduce conflicts among vulnerable communities in the Niger Delta to improve economic opportunities.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

NDPI is partnering with the UNDP through a cost-sharing agreement on the design of a Social Sector Investment Framework to fund community development projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other development partners.

West Africa Development

West Africa Development partners with NDPI to implement the Capacity Building for Local Empowerment (CAPABLE) program to enhance the institutional and technical capacity of local development organizations in the Niger Delta.




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NDPI Board Members (See full profiles)

Alireza Moshiri
Chairman and President, NDPI President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company
Pauline Baker
President Emeritus
Fund for Peace
Princeton Lyman
Senior Advisor
United States Institute for Peace
Walter Maguire
Treasurer, NDPI
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company
Jane Nelson
Senior Fellow and Director Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Linda Padon
General Manager, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility
Chevron Corporation
Laurie Regelbrugge
Corporate Community Engagement Specialist

NDPI Officers (see full profiles)

Dennis Flemming
Mamadou Beye
Liaison Officer
Tam Nguyen
Executive Officer

NDPI STAFF (See Full Profiles)

Dennis Flemming
Executive Director
Heather P. Kulp
Deputy Executive Director
Eniola Mafe
Programs Manager
Andrea Kuch
Impact Analyst
Aline Haidara
Office Administrator

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