IDS STRATEGIC INTERVENTIONS
- SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENTS: IDS has trained and empowered over 1,000 vulnerable women and youth(girls) on Livelihoods vocational skills programme (tailoring, hairdressing, bead making, detergent and cosmetics, bakery and decoration, including entrepreneurship development, record keeping, Market access and financial linkage services) and provided start-up capital to vulnerable beneficiaries who have no collateral securities to obtain credit facilities from financial institutions. IDS through its Revolving Credit Scheme (RCS) and Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) have been able to boost income generation, create employment opportunities and alleviate poverty. The activities has been supported by the United States of America Ambassador SSH Project Abuja 2010, African Women Development Fund (AWDF) Ghana 2013 and Street Child UK 2017.
- ORPHANS AND OTHER VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC): IDS have been providing psycho-socio support training and services to civil society organizations (CSOs), caregivers, service providers and victims of violence against women. IDS has also conducted an operational research, design and produce HIV/AIDS strategic behavioural change and communication (SBCC) materials (Posters and Leaflets) for nation-wide distribution. IDS has also produced a Television documentary programme on the plights of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) with support from the UNICEF Country Office and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs 2015) through the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs Abuja 2009.
- CAPACITY BUILDING AND WORKSHOPS: IDS do organize seminars and workshops for Government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and cooperative societies to strengthen their organizational capacity on project management, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), community mobilization for participatory development and sustainability strategies to fast-track sustainable development goals (SDGs). This has received support and commendations from the World Bank Country Office Abuja, Global Fund, Country Coordinating Mechanism Abuja, National Bureau of statistics (NBS), Yaba College of Technology-UNESCO Entrepreneurship development center Lagos and other development partners within and outside of Nigeria from 2010 till date.
- CONFLICTS RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING: IDS in 2013 Conducted Advocacy and community sensitization meetings with state actors, the parliament, traditional/religious leaders and organized a 3day workshop for northern Nigerian women activists to mediate and address the issues of violence against women in the upsurge of Boko Haram Insurgents with support from the Urgent Action Fund-Africa Kenya and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Abuja 2013. The beneficiaries activists are currently providing counseling services to women and girls across internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps and host communities in northern Nigeria, an area devastated by Boko-Haram insurgency and other conflicts.
- GENDER BASED VIOLENCE (GBV): IDS is committed to addressing the issues of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Nigeria and have carried out the following activities to mediate its impacts:
- Strengthening of the supply-side actors (Magistrates, Police and Social welfare officers) to effectively handle, document and prosecute perpetrators of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Nigeria.
- Support and build capacity of the demand-side actors (NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and the media) to work jointly as a coalition against VAWG and improve access to justice for victims of VAWG by increasing pressure on the supply-side actors to facilitate timely arrest, proper documentations and prosecution of perpetrators of VAWG cases in Nigeria.
- Establishment of VAWG Toll-Free Telephone Helpline to provide advice and guidance for victims to seek justice and other support services including confidential counseling and socio-economic empowerment.
- Increase awareness on the issue of VAWG through production and airing of a documentary programme titled (Zero Tolerance on VAWG) and free distribution of IEC materials to promote the rights of vulnerable women and girls including those in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Nigeria with support from Justice for All (J4A) UK- Department for International Development(DFID). The Documentary can be viewed @ https://www.youtube.com/idsnigeria and https://web.facebook.com/idsnigeria/video.
- AGRICULTURE AND LIVELIHOODS: IDS work to promote Agricultural productivity and profitability among smallholder farmers (women and youth) to enhance food security/nutrition and to boost income generation, create employment opportunities and poverty alleviation in Nigeria with grant from North East Regional Initiative (NERI) through Creative Associate International (USAID) 2016 to support farmers affected by Boko-Haram insurgents in Borno State and Street Child UK for internally displaced persons(IDPs) and host communities women in Abuja(FCT), Kaduna and Nasarawa State. The intervention is primarily focused on Strengthening the organizational capacity and empowerment of farmers associations and cooperative societies in the following areas:
- Administrative/Financial management,
- Agricultural productive chain analysis,
- Marketing and entrepreneurship development,
- Saving mobilization and revolving fund management,
- Business plan development,
- Provision of conditional cash transfer (CCT), and
- Provision of farm inputs including improved seeds and genetically modified animals, market access and technical advice to farmers to improve on their Agricultural productivity and profitability.
In Borno State IDS has so far trained and empowered 18 smallholder farmers associations and cooperative societies with over 300 memberships in Biu and Hawul local government areas of Borno State on Psycho-socio support services, Economic empowerment opportunities and mentorship services. The beneficiary cooperative societies has so far received six(6) Tractors donation courtesy of Borno Respond Initiative (BRI) and has commenced the cultivation of their farm lands. The project is yielding positive impact across the benefiting communities and requires further expansion to other local government areas and states particularly Adamawa and yobe, devastated by insurgency.
- EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY (EIE) INTERVENTION: IDS is currently working in partnership with Street Child International UK on education in emergency (EIE) providing support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities children through Back-To School campaign across communities affected by Boko-Haram Insurgents and other conflicts in Nigeria to ensure the (re) enrollments of out of school displaced and host community children into schools, IDS is also providing educational materials, payment of school fees and psycho-socio support services. The project also involves training of teachers on psycho-socio support services, gender and life skills mainstreaming, and child protection/Do No Harm Policy and peace-building.
Highlights of IDS EiE interventions:
- Back To School Campaign: By carrying out intensive advocacy, communications and social mobilization efforts across states and local government level to re-open schools after the emergency. The intervention also involves dissemination of Back to school messages through radio, local TV Stations, internet and printed information education and communication (IEC) materials (Posters and leaflets) and through advocacy meetings with community/religious leaders, local officials and parents to promote out of school children (re) enrolment to secure schools in Boko-Haram insurgents and other conflicts affected areas.
- Increased IDPs/Host Community Children School Enrolment: IDS is currently supporting over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community Children across 150 public and private schools in Abuja (FCT), Borno and other states affected by the Boko-Haram insurgency and other conflicts by conducting Baseline survey across communities using a combination of manual and electronic data collection tools in mapping-up out-of-school internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community children for basic schools (re) enrolments. The (re) enrolled children have their school fees paid and supported with uniforms and other educational materials. The physically challenged children are supported with basic medical and special education assistive devices (technology) after examination by a physician.
- Family Business Scheme (FBS): Under the Education in Emergency (EiE) intervention, IDS is supporting over 300 mothers with Socio-economic empowerment opportunities through training on livelihood vocational skills programme including entrepreneurship development, market access, small business management, record keeping and saving mobilizations.
- Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT): IDS is also providing conditional cash transfer (CCT) to support IDPs and host community mother’s to start –up own family business scheme (FBS) for jobs creation, poverty alleviation and above all to support their children education at the end of the project life span with support from Street Child UK 2017