Promoting peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Nigeria
PEACECORE – Strengthening Capacities for Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria’s North Central Zone
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
2019 to 2023
Products and expertise
Security, reconstruction, peace
Conflicts break out regularly in Plateau State in central Nigeria due to scarce resources, which in turn results in displacement and a general sense of insecurity. This has a detrimental effect on agriculture and livestock farming, as the conflicts lead to interruptions in supply chains and adversely impact the local population’s self-sufficiency.
The general conditions for de-escalating violent resource conflicts between farmers and cattle herders in Plateau State have improved.
The PEACECORE project promotes peaceful coexistence, conflict management, poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and food security.
It enables the Plateau Peacebuilding Agency to coordinate peace promotion measures more effectively. To this end, it supports organisational development, helps to set up decentralised structures and facilitates the establishment of new coordination platforms. In addition, it trains local mediators, who moderate in conflicts relating to natural resources.
The project encourages social dialogue and engagement for groups affected by conflict. It also provides support in treating trauma by running training courses for local psychologists and trauma therapy assistants.
Aiming to prevent further conflicts, the project strives to secure the livelihoods of the local people. To this end, it supplies seeds, provides veterinary care and offers further training courses on sustainable agriculture. It also supports the development of alternative, sustainable value chains and the processing of agricultural products.
In addition, the project mediates in trade agreements between conflict groups. In parallel, it works on establishing an infrastructure that is conducive to trade by means of Cash for Work projects.
The partners involved are the Plateau Peacebuilding Agency (PPBA), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN).
Last update: January 2023