The Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) Programme commissioned a study to assess community resilience and peacebuilding initiatives in North East Nigeria.
The study provides detailed insights on how communities in Borno and Adamawa states are developing resilience approaches and civic solutions to counter violent extremism and insurgency. Some of these community-based initiatives include the emerging role of women and youths to undertake peacebuilding and early warning activities, which have contributed to community resilience.
The objective was to document and share the results and lessons of these initiatives and the potential for learning and replication in other communities affected by violent conflicts in the North East region and also across Nigeria. The study was carried out by Nextier Security, Peace and Development group, with support from MCN. Participants included community leaders, women and youth leaders, civil society activists, development practitioners, and government officials.
The assessment was based on six indicators including (a) coping economic and cultural practices, (b) role of religion and culture in peacebuilding, (c) efforts of women and youth in peacebuilding, (d) impact of displacement and resettlement, (e) counter-extremist narratives, and (f) early warning mechanisms. These indicators were used to select sample communities in both Adamawa and Borno states.
The study findings were classified into coping mechanisms and the challenges posed by the insurgency. The report shows homegrown efforts of the understudied communities which have helped them survive the insurgency and entrench peace.
The assessment proposed targeted recommendations for government, media, security agencies, religious and traditional institutions, international NGOs, community based associations and development partners. It highlighted public awareness programmes, intercultural events and technology as possible response mechanisms.
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