The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has emerged the recipient of a grant from the UK government to support the project Strengthening the Delivery of Peace and Security in Nigeria (SDPS).
The funding supports CDD’s well-documented work in the areas of Peace and Security, and will strengthen efforts to stem the surge of insecurity. It will also combat misinformation and disinformation, which are often drivers of conflicts across the country.
“This grant could not possibly have come at a more symbolic time,” said Idayat Hassan, CDD’s Director. “Insecurity in Nigeria is currently at a scale that threatens the very fabric of our nationhood.”
Hassan noted that with conflict manifesting in various forms in virtually all regions of the country, Nigeria has for decades not been as vulnerable as it currently is.
“Our SDPS project will not only enhance the public’s understanding of the drivers of these conflicts, it will also counter emotion-driven narratives with evidence-based analysis that will equip stakeholders with the timely understanding of issues needed to positively influence policy and entrench lasting peace in the country,” she added.
In addition to countering sensationalist narratives in the media and public discourse, the key objectives of the project will be geared towards strengthening the nexus between knowledge creation, public awareness, and policy decision-making in addressing insecurity and conflict in Nigeria.
To that end, the funding will leverage partnerships with influential media organisations to commission the production of special investigative reports as well as regular radio programming to advance evidence-based understanding of the conflicts.
The funding will also advance activities that drive the uptake of new knowledge by policy makers within relevant and influential policy institutions.
An independent, non-profit organisation that conducts research, training, advocacy, and capacity building, CDD was founded in the United Kingdom in 1997 and registered in Lagos in 1999.
Since its establishment, the organisation’s goal has been to mobilize global opinion and resources for democratic development while also providing an independent space for critical reflection on the challenges to West African democratization and development processes.
Its mission is to be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in West Africa. The Centre has an established track record in capacity building and policy advocacy, and has also remained a research reference point on democratic governance, human security, people-centered development, and human rights.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), meanwhile, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom created in September 2020 through the merger of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID). In Nigeria, the FCDO supports good governance, peace and stability through a range of programmatic, diplomatic and operational partnerships and initiatives.
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