ACAHD Track Record
In partnership with the United States Institutes of Peace (USIP), to date ACAHD has conducted over 132 skills-building workshops in various parts of Nigeria . It has also trained 227 peace education teachers in 20 cities/towns throughout Nigeria and another 125 Kings –Chiefs, Religious Leaders, Women and Youth Leaders in Nigeria. ACAHD has trained religious leaders; academic and nonteaching staff and students of 8 Nigerian universities; as well as local government officials, youth leaders and elders in 16 states that cut across over 37 local governments across Nigeria.
In 2007, ACAHD concentrated in building the capacity of traditional rulers and women leaders in conflict resolution and helped resolved specific problem through community dialogue. Our approach usually started with mapping of community problems, followed by development of case studies to resolve crisis. We directly involved in the , Delta state, Ondo State, Cross River Sstate Ijan and Ikere Ekiti crisis, the Ilaje –Ijaw crisis, the Itsekiri/Urhobo/Ijaw crisis in Warri. Our intervention includes, case study, Interventions usually consist of: case study; peace education for secondary schools; conflict management training for youth leaders and adult community leaders; Outward Bound-type peace camps for students, teachers and community leaders; training and institutional strengthening of women NGOs; conciliation support of the peace process; socio-cultural activities including community animation and culmination in a peace festival youth soldiers from the 2 sides of the conflict, in entrepreneurial skills and adult literacy.
In the past 7 years we have worked extensively in the conflict-prone Niger Delta, especially with an emphasis on peace and development. This has included economic empowerment, vocational job training, human trainings, mindset change/youth empowerment research and workshops for youths. We have provided , counseling and vocational job trainings to over 115 victims of human trafficking and violence in Ondo and Edo states. Through this program, in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), We provided selected victims with vocational job trainings in the areas of their chosen profession, after they graduated, we equipped them with trade equipments and helped them to establish small businesses.
We have also trained over 82 journalists communicators of regional and rural media working in Nigeria to strengthen freedom of expression and a free democratic debate of local ideas and opinions, thus contributing to the formation of better informed and more participating citizens. Recognizing the importance of improving human rights through informed media, to defuse the spreading awareness and accurate coverage of conflict issues, ACAHD has trained 72 media practitioners, as well as media executives on interpreting violent conflict. Three of our project officers have also facilitated conflict analysis for BBC Training workshops of journalists.
We also understand the nature of gender violence in Nigeria and has created awareness on incidence of gender violence in Nigeria, And drafted Ondo Violence Against Women Law in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership Fund. Through this project, over 120 young girls and women who were raped or suffered violence but refused to speak out because of societal stigma were sensitized and many have spoken out and are now leading the course against gender violence in Nigeria.
Recognizing the impact of water and sanitation to human rights and development, we have worked in collaboration with partners, and conducted research on trans border water problems. We have also involved in sinking over 30boreholes in schools and communities as well as cleaning over 100 streams in Nigeria.
In partnership with Kopernik Foundation we have distributed 250 solar lights to school children and help Nigerian women survivors of human trafficking with over 200 fuel efficient cookstoves that enable them to save money on fuel and healthcare costs
Recognizing the impacts of drug abuse on human rights, ACAHD in collaboration with UNODC/DAPC taught 120 youths on drug abuse and other health issues such as HIV/AIDs. It will provide skills for youths on information and the development of skills with regard to sexuality, drugs and a culture of peace. The life skills training used life model produced by World Health Organization (WHO) which seeks to improve youth’s ability to make their own decision and gain enough knowledge to make correct choices for themselves.
African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development received considerable initial funding from the United States Institutes of Peace (USIP). Additional funding has come from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNDOC), Kopernik Foundation, Ondo state government, ODSCAS/World Bank Support, Gates/Vital Voices Global Partnership Fund, EU-INSIDE FUND, DAPC, NICON LUXURY, among others.