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AUGUST 2014 Newsletter
NDLink interviews Borve Paago-Imabel on the USAID funded LEAD Project

Mr. Borve Paago, State Manager, USAID LEAD Project
Borve Paago-Imabel is the State Manager of the USAID funded LEAD project undertaken by RTI in the Niger Delta. Prior to working at RTI, he was the Community Management Specialist at UNDP. He was interviewed by NDLink Content Analytics Intern, Rosemary Alor, on Monday August 11th as part of our engagement outreach to partners and organizations in our growing NDLink network.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and members of NDLink.
My name is Borve Paago-Imabel and I am the State Manager for LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy & Development Project) which covers Bauchi, Sokoto, and Rivers states in Nigeria.

Give us a brief history of how the LEAD project began
How it began in Nigeria or in Rivers State?

In Nigeria and in Niger Delta region.
Ok, the LEAD project started in Nigeria as part of the national response to improving governance and enhancing participation by people from various sectors of the society. It is a project that connects the gap between leaders and the communities that exist, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) identified this gap after a series of surveys conducted in the country in 2007 and in late 2007, the project was launched in Bauchi and Sokoto States.

RTI International undertook the implementation of the project with funding support from USAID. The project was then implemented in six LGAs in Sokoto and Bauchi States but has since scaled up to other LGAs in those states. The success of the project in Bauchi and Sokoto States informed the movement of the project to the Niger Delta. The proof of concept is to demonstrate the workability and relevance and effectiveness of the project in the earlier states which the project was implemented. One factor/criteria for scaling up the project to other states, and in the Niger Delta in particular, is the existence of elected officials at every strata of government in the states.

We know that Nigeria’s democracy is maturing and while there are elected officials at the state level, and in most local government areas across the country, there are no elected officials or elected administration in place in some councils in Nigeria. It was upon this criterion that Rivers State was selected because Rivers State showed the signs of a truly democratic state. It would also be worth mentioning that the Rivers state government, as part of its development targeting LGAs, had removed from the LGA budget their items for primary education and also that of primary health care. This became an additional activity to be handled by the state government and that why it is vividly seen all across the state that the state government has embarked upon the construction of several health centers in each LGA of the state. The same applies to the primary education which the state has taken upon itself to construct 250 model primary schools across the state.

Now PIND (Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta) entered into a partnership agreement with USAID to implement the project in the Niger Delta to demonstrate and prove the relevance of the LEAD project in the Niger Delta as demonstrated in the Northern states. So the project here in the Niger Delta is being carried out by PIND with support of USAID  and that is how RTI was contracted to execute the project in Rivers State.   

Read the complete interview on NDLink 




“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.” -President Obama

In August, leaders from 50 African countries gathered in Washington for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to discuss trade and investment on the continent. Devex has a comprehensive compilation of images, tweets and video from the event. Check them out here


The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK's work to end extreme poverty. "We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit." DFID's main programme areas of work are Education, Health, Social Services, Water Supply and Sanitation, Government and Civil Society, Economic Sector (including Infrastructure, Production Sectors and Developing Planning), Environment Protection, Research, and Humanitarian Assistance. 

DFID, through its several programs and projects in Nigeria is working  to help the country meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDG's). One such program is the Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE), co-funded by PIND. MADE is aimed at promoting livelihoods in Nigeria through value chain promotion to increase economic growth, employment and incomes. The program is targeted at the nine states in the Niger Delta region.

To know more about the MADE Project, Visit the Development Tracker page of DFID  


Influencing Youth for Positive Change

Theme: “Linking Youth to Employability Skills and Entrepreneurship Development Opportunities in the Niger Delta”

PIND is hosting its first Youth Link Forum with the theme “Linking Youth to Employability Skills and Entrepreneurship Development Opportunities in the Niger Delta” on 14-15 October, 2014, at the Aldgate Congress Hotel, Sani Abacha Road, GRA Phase II, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  The program will discuss and contribute to resolving the most pressing economic and social problems that limit youth potential in the Niger Delta.

Get more details on the Youth Link Forum on NDLink

NOTE: Many top job postings open and close during a 30-day period and therefore may not always be captured in our monthly newsletters. We encourage you to check NDLink on Mondays and Wednesdays when we post jobs for our members. 
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