The “Mu Gina Gobé” project, which translates to “Building Tomorrow” in the Hausa language, was launched in 2020 to establish a foundation for long-term stability in the border regions of Tillabéri and Tahoua. Despite the challenges posed by non-state armed groups and their violent attacks in recent years, the project was successfully implemented with a €5 million budget and support from the Nigerien government through the Intervention to Support Security and Stability in Niger (I3S Niger) program, funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
Utilizing inclusive and participatory processes, the project created spaces for dialogue between communities, security forces, and government authorities to address security challenges and improve their lives. Innovative approaches such as participatory theater performances, community dialogues, and radio roundtables were employed, equipping key stakeholders with the necessary platforms to prevent and respond to conflicts jointly. Search provided training for members of the security forces, community and religious leaders, civil society representatives, and women, enabling them to conduct conflict analysis and lead the development of stabilization projects in six municipalities in the Tillabéri and Tahoua regions.
The project’s impact was significant, generating 59 projects that directly addressed the population’s needs in health, education, agriculture, livestock, and natural resource management. Additionally, 122 income-generating activities were created for 760 women and young people, promoting self-sustainability and resilience.
Most inspiring, however, were the success stories that emerged from the communities served. Women became agents of change, youth found purpose and hope, and communities came together to rebuild their lives. “Mu Gina Gobé” has demonstrated that an inclusive and participatory approach can lead to concrete and lasting results in stability and peace.