The Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community has signed a grant agreement for US $73,750 (seventy-three thousand, seven hundred and fifty U.S dollars) towards the implementation of the second round of the project titled: ‘Amana*: The Promotion of Confidence Building between Northern Nigeria Youth, the Police and the Security Agencies of Government’
Photo: L-R Bob Robert C Kerr, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy; Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Curator of the Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community; and Daniel C. Ahialaka, Budget Specialist at the U.S. Embassy at the Grant Signing Ceremony held at the U.S Embassy in Abuja
The grant, which was signed in November 2015, comes under the U.S. Embassy’s Education and Cultural Affairs programme and will address the degeneration of the relationship between civil society and security forces in Northern Nigeria arising from the heightened insurgency. The project will focus on awarding grants to youth-led organizations for projects which seek to improve confidence building and understanding between the youth, law enforcement agencies and elected government officials in Boko Haram affected states of Northern Nigeria. The Abuja Global Shapers Hub will act as grant managers and will monitor the implementation of the projects.
The first round of the project (Amana 1.0) involved 9 grantees, which comprised of 7 NGOS based in the north and 2 alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Amana 1.0 was highly successful surpassing its targets with a range of activities: theatre performances, essay competitions, football tournaments, town hall meetings, radio programmes and jingles, rallies, trainings etc. Cumulatively, Amana 1.0 is reported to have actively engaged a minimum of 40, 420 persons including 1,950 security forces, 14, 000 youths and other stakeholders from private and public sectors respectively. The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) has identified the Amana Initiative as the most successful youth-driven security initiative in Nigeria. In view of the success achieved with Amana 1.0, the U.S. Embassy has granted the Abuja Hub $73,750 (seventy-three thousand, seven hundred and fifty U.S dollars) to initiate and implement the Amana 2.0 which aims to impact more than 100,000 youths and security agencies in 10 states of Northern Nigeria. The overreaching objective of the Amana Initiative, is to build and increase the level of “Amana” (trust) between youth and security agencies, in Nigeria, Africa, and the world.
Signing the Agreement, the Curator of the Abuja Global Shapers, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh commended the American Embassy for continuing and scaling up this project. He said: “Insurgency has fuelled mistrust between security agencies and the youth, and the greatest defect we see is the loss of collaborative opportunities between the twogroups. This is what the Amana Initiative has initiated and it is remarkable”. The Director of the Project, Saadatu Hamu Aliyu, reiterated, “building trust between youth and security forces is a goal we must achieve to tackle insurgency.”
‘Amana’ is a Hausa terminology for ‘Trust’
Please email completed form to to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject Amana 2.0 Proposal
The submission deadline have been extended to Wednesday 30th March, 2016 by 12 noon.