Niger Delta Environment and Relief Foundation (NIDEREF), which is a Nigerian- registered non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 in response to the Niger Delta crisis. The oil industry continues to be a major factor in this crisis. Recognizing the links between oil exploration, environmental issues, poverty and conflict in the Niger Delta, the organization initially focused on environmental protection/sustainable development and conflict resolution, through advocacy and research. Its human rights activities centred on the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of environmental and human rights abuse through counseling and the provision of vocational skills. Experience and new realities have since made the organization to make a slight shift of focus. It is the view of NIDEREF that lack of effective governance is at the root of the poverty, development crisis and resource conflict in the Niger Delta. NIDEREF has consequently adopted “Governance” as the central theme of its activities, hence its focus on “Environmental and Natural Resources Governance” and “Civil Governance”
Environmental and Natural Resources Governance
Civil Governance -Democracy and Good Governance
NIDEREF’s Civil Governance programme revolves around issues of democracy and good governance. The programme focuses on local government, which also has a vital role in environmental, natural resources and conflict management at the local level. This programme is implemented through the organization’s Local Government Resource Centre.
OUR MISSION & VISION
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