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SDN supports…

the efforts of those affected by the extractives industry and weak governance, and has worked in the Niger Delta since 2004. The Niger Delta is Africa’s largest oil-producing region but in spite of this its people have seen little benefit. Instead, they have borne the brunt of decades of pollution from oil spills and gas flares, high unemployment, government mismanagement, conflict, and everyday violence.

We work with…

communities and engage with governments, companies and other stakeholders to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights, including the right to a healthy environment. Our projects aim to promote good governance, protect the environment, create sustainable livelihoods, and support peace and security.

We do this through…

delivering independent research and analysis, and increasing access to information to promote transparency and inform debate about the actions of government and the oil and gas industry in the Niger Delta; through campaigning and support to communities to engage with government and the oil and gas sector to influence their actions; and through working with government and civil society to support them to fulfil their roles in regulating and scrutinising the industry.

A selection of SDN’s current projects and those completed in the recent past.


This project pilots a new method to track maritime imports and exports of oil in Nigeria, by using public, satellite, and industry standard maritime intelligence data.


This project will strengthen the ability of civil society to hold the Federal Government of Nigeria to account for a major clean-up of oil spills in the Niger Delta.

Project label for Monitoring the Ogoni clean-up


This project seeks to improve the credibility, fairness, and freedom of the Bayelsa State 2019 Governorship elections.

Project label for Bayelsa Governorship elections 2019


This project contributes to the reduction of incidences of corruption in Rivers State by improving social and political accountability of duty bearers and service providers with a focus on the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC).


This project seeks to improve the relationships between electricity distribution companies, consumers, and other key stakeholders by building awareness, communication, and trust between them.

Project label for Power Hour

This project aims to increase public participation in the development and implementation of a range of initiatives across security, governance, economic diversification, and environmental issues in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Project label for Niger Delta Stabilisation programme

This project works to improve the natural environment in the Niger Delta, and the quality of service provision by government and other institutions in the area.

Project label for Environment and Governance action in the Niger Delta

This project strives to increase political participation amongst women living in the Niger Delta.

Project label for More women in Governance

This was a citizen-led elections observation project reporting on the 2019 Nigerian presidential and governorship elections.

Project label for Niger Delta Watch 2019

This project aimed to provide better data on pollution from the Nigerian oil and gas industry in the Niger Delta. This would enable NOSDRA, civil society, and environmental researchers to take more effective action to address it.

Project label for oil spill monitor and gas flare tracker


This project sought to leverage the opportunities of the internet and digital activism, as well as on-the-ground observation, to foster a freer, fairer, and more credible 2015 election in Nigeria.

Project label for Niger Delta Watch 2015

This project aimed to direct the energies and skills of youths into positive and constructive projects. The project harnessed their charisma, leadership and management skills and enabled them to become peace ambassadors in their communities.

Project label for Dawn in the Creeks

This project was a seven-year project to develop community-based energy initiatives, using natural gas and renewable energy, to help the many people that live in chronic energy poverty in the Niger Delta.

Project label for SUNGAS

Published: 05.12.19 updated: 12.02.2020