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A Niger Delta Legacy Engagement Report

The Niger Delta legacy engagement set out to reduce acts of violence and increase the likelihood for a more peaceful future in the region. A tangled web of factors underlie the Niger Delta’s propensity for violence. Poor governance, inescapable poverty, environmental degradation and inadequate public services have all contributed ...
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Niger Delta Watch 2019

A civil society report on the conduct of the Nigerian elections In early 2019, Nigeria held its sixth cycle of elections since its restoration of democracy in 1999. This included two main sets of elections: Presidential and National Assembly polls, in February (after a week-long postponement, announced during the ...
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Public perceptions of security dynamics and stabilisation interventions in the Niger Delta: report 3

March 2018 - September 2018 Summary This report presents the results of a public perceptions survey, carried out by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers states. It focuses on citizens’ perceptions of the current security situation in the Niger Delta, and views on the actors and ...
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Public Perceptions of Security Dynamics and Stabilisation Interventions in the Niger Delta

October 2017 - March 2018 Read full report Summary This report presents the results of a public perceptions survey, carried out by SDN in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers states. It focuses on citizens’ perceptions of the current security situation in the Niger Delta, and views on the actors and ...
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“More Money, More Problems” – Economic Dynamics of the Artisanal Oil Industry in the Niger Delta Over Five Years

This report calls for an alternative approach to tackle artisanal oil refining in the Niger Delta, based on an analysis of how the improvised artisanal oil refining value chain has adapted and changed in Bayelsa and Rivers states over the past five years. This quantitative and qualitative research is based ...
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Power Sector Review 2018

Nigeria’s power sector is failing. After $2 billion was spent on the nationalised National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) in the 1980s and 1990s, the Authority had an all-time low 1,700 MW of power capacity. This was hopelessly inadequate to meet the growing needs of the country. It was also clear ...
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Public Perceptions of Security Dynamics and Stabilisation Interventions in the Niger Delta

This report presents the results of a public perceptions survey, carried out by SDN in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states. It focuses on citizens’ perceptions of the current security situation in the Niger Delta, and views on the actors and interventions aiming to address the problem of instability and insecurity ...
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Electricity Sector Corruption Perception Index 2017: Promoting Accountability in Nigeria’s Electricity Sector

BEDC Electricity Corruption Perception Index 2017 4 This Corruption Perception Index (CPI) forms part of SDN’s ‘‘Promoting Accountability in the Electricity Sector’’ project. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the project is designed to help reduce corruption in the electricity sector, in particular at the distribution ...
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BEDC Customer Survey: Developing Mutual Accountability to Tackle Electricity

Research from a survey conducted for customers in selected Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) business districts has found widespread inadequacy in the reliability of the electricity supply to households and businesses in the area. Insufficient electricity supply stunts the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, limiting the creation of ...
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Alternative Livelihoods: Allanblackia Potential

Between the years 2000 – 2005, Nigeria lost around 55% of its’ primary forests, causing the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to record it as having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Nigeria has been facing mass deforestation ever since due to both legal and illegal timber trade ...
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Solar lanterns in Niger Delta communities: Experiences in building a sustainable distribution model

The Niger Delta region fuels Nigeria’s economy, accounting for 95 per cent of Nigeria’s export earnings and over 80 per cent of the federal government’s revenue. Yet it remains one of the poorest parts of the country. Its considerable potential for socio-economic development has been hampered by a lack of access ...
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White Paper on Sustainable Closure and Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Assets in Nigeria

Decommissioning is the process whereby abandoned oil and gas fields are made safe and the land or sea is restored as far as possible to their original state. This practice is of utmost importance, as failure to mitigate the risk of negative environmental, social and economic impacts following the closures ...
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Improving Oil Spill Response in Nigeria

Comparative analysis of the forms, data and related processes of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) and suggestions on how these could be improved. A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) is a visit to oil spill sites usually carried out within two weeks of an onshore oil spill in Nigeria. It is ...
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Addressing the South South’s Environmental Emergency: The vital importance of environmental issues in securing stability and prosperity in the Niger Delta

Nigeria is experiencing a national environmental emergency. Desertification in the North and rising sea levels in the South have led to higher than usual rates of migration, pressure on a weak supply chain for resources, and an additional strain on service provision in Nigeria’s major cities. The Intergovernmental Panel on ...
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Building Bridges: Community-Based Approaches to Tackle Pipeline Vandalism

Pipeline vandalism cost the Nigerian Government, oil-companies and communities an estimated $14bn dollars in 2014. The failure of the Nigerian state to provide basic public services and security in the Niger Delta has resulted in a significant breakdown of the social contract. In the void that remains, international and national oil companies ...
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Nigeria’s fuel subsidy under the spotlight

According to our independent analysis based on average domestic fuel consumption, subsidies claimed by fuel marketers cost Nigeria $2.9bn over the last year. This is a 400% increase since 2007 and a sum equivalent to 13% of the Federal Budget, passed in April 2015. Whatever strategy President Buhari chooses to address this ...
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Report on the Pan Niger Delta Youth Summit

The new Federal Government administration has not yet articulated its vision for the Niger Delta. As a result, the leaders in the region are concerned that the pledges for national development may not be inclusive. If these concerns are not addressed through a comprehensive and holistic approach, in the next 6 ...
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CMAP radio station solar power case study

The Sustainable Utilisation of Nigeria’s Gas and Renewable Energy Resources (SUNGAS) project is an EC-funded project with the aim to reduce poverty and support socio-economic development in the Niger Delta by promoting decentralised access to sustainable modern energy services. SDN’s element of the project aimed at developing community-based energy initiatives ...
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Towards improving the joint investigation visit for oil spills

This is a narrative report and recommendations from the event entitled ‘improving the JIV’ which took place in Port Harcourt on 27th November 2014. This report documents the findings of the various discussions around the JIV (Joint Investigation Visits that occur following oil spills in Nigeria), and most importantly documents ...
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Case study on practicalities and impacts of small scale solar lantern use in the Niger Delta

SDN initially distributed portable solar lanterns to urban and semi urban communities in Rivers State in order to better meet the decentralised energy needs of vulnerable groups. The Solar Portable Lighting Project sells individual renewable lights directly into communities through a local Community Distributor. Local entrepreneurs leverage upon existing relationships in ...
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Environmental Regulation: International Compensation Systems for oil spills in relation to reform in Nigeria

This report addresses the complexity of civil litigation for compensation for oil pollution damage in the Niger Delta, and calls for the creation of a fairer and more consistent system of defining liability and payment in Nigeria. The document outlines the development of international compensation before analysing international actions through ...
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New Compensation Systems and Mechanisms in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria

This report, which presents research on ‘New Compensation Rates and Processes in Nigeria’, was facilitated by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) with funding from the Dutch Ministry. An expert team of researchers and valuers undertook the study to identify a fair and comprehensive ‘oil spill rates mechanism’ that captures the immediate ...
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Environmental regulation and pollution control in relation to reform in Nigeria

This document offers policy recommendation for the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in Nigeria. With examples from across the world, this paper outlines the extent to which global regulation and pollution control of the oil industry has evolved over time, largely propelled by serious accidents. These recommendation include the separation of ...
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Does Violence Pay? Community perceptions of violence

The Niger Delta was violently thrust on the attention of the world during its 2005 -2009 militancy crisis. This conflict reduced oil production by two thirds costing Nigeria over $15 billion a year in lost revenue. Weekly kidnappings, pipeline attacks and militarisation of the region made for newsworthy stories, whilst ...
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Communities not Criminals – Illegal Oil Refining in the Niger Delta

"The government and oil companies are collecting our oil, and we don't have jobs, no money, so we have to collect the oil and refine our own". Local Oil Refiner SDN latest report analyses the massive growth in artisanal oil refining in the Niger Delta. The report explains for the ...
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