We talked about violent extremism and ethnic conflict in the Sahel with Reuters.
Our perspective from the ground was featured in Foreign Policy’s report on countering violent extremism in Niger.
As the early results trickle in, the atmosphere remains peaceful, also thanks to Search’s contribution.
A refugee crisis heightened tensions in Niger. We stepped in to defuse them and restore peace.
Supporting the establishment of an environment favorable to the protection and social integration of displaced people in Diffa, Niger
*Supporting the establishment of an environment favorable to the protection and social integration of displaced people in Diffa, Niger*, is a 6 month project funded by UNHCR and SFCG (May – December 2014). The project was implemented following a large arrival of Nigerian displaced people and Nigerien returnees, due to the violences related to Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria. The project aimed to strengthen and intensify community mobilization in order to promote a culture of peace and solidarity among host, displaced and returnee populations in 4 communes of Diffa region. This internal final evaluation demonstrates that the capacity reinforcement of radio partners, the sensitization activities and the production and broadcast of radio programme contributed to create credible information channels to reduce tensions related to the arrival of displaced people and returnees. However, not everyone has access to radio and a lot of people are still using informal channels to get informed on the registration process which is not necessarily trustable information. Moreover there is still a lack of confidence from the population towards local leaders around the management and distribution of aid, maybe due to a persistent lack of transparency. Besides, the project helped to support community led activities between host, returnees and displaced people which contributed, together with participatory theatre, to promote a culture of peace and solidarity among them. Yet, the project is too short and lacked of a baseline to really ensure that this project is going to have long-term effects. The additional arrival of diplaced and returnees since the data collection of this evaluation (December 2014) due to the continuing worsening situation in Nigeria suggests that it would be useful to continue this project so as to strengthen these positive effects.