IDS Mission and Objectives
IDS mission is to facilitates sustainable development programme to improve on the living conditions of vulnerable women, youth, children and other minority groups through Peace-building, Socio-economics empowerment, Education, Health (HIV/AIDS and SRHR) and promotion of Democracy, Justice and Equity in Nigeria.
To provide Socio-ecomomic empowerment opportunities through livelihood vocational skills, entrepreneurship development, revolving fund, market access and financial linkage services to women, youth, smallholder farmers and cooperative societies to boost income generation, poverty alleviation and employment creation in Nigeria.
· To promote the fundamental human rights and address the issue of gender based violence(GBV) among vulnerable women, youth, children and other minority groups through awareness creation, advocacy programme and capacity building in Nigeria.
· To promote good governance and community infrastructural development, public health care services and provision of potable water and sanitation.
To promote marginalized children access to education through enrollment campaign, payment of school fees, training of teachers, provision of educational materials and pycho-social support services in Nigeria.
To promote peaceful co-existence through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization programme on conflict in the society.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW) HELPLINE: 08099936317
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW) HELPLINE: 08099936317. IDS-Intercommunity Development Social Organisation is currently running violence against women (VAW) helpline in partnership with Justice for All (J4A)-DFID. The Etisalat Toll free line is to provide services for women and girls in Nigeria experiencing different forms of violence (Violence against the girl child - violence related to exploitation, Psychological or emotional violence, Sexual harassment and violence in public space/institutions, Gender-based violence in refugee/internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, and Economic violence) their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline is staffed by fully trained female support workers and volunteers. All call are completely confidential.
IDS -NIGERIA RECIEVED GRANTS FROM URGENT ACTION FUND-AFRICA TO TRAIN WOMEN ACTIVISTS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
The sectarian crises in Nigeria have cost thousands of lives and huge displacement from homes. The nature of these conflicts, expose civilian populations, particularly women and children, to violence with an impact that is more visible on women because of the social services they render. Yet, they are sidelined when it comes to negotiating peace and facilitating the reconstruction of societies. Women peace movements all over the world have broken new grounds in developing strategies, organizations and tools for peace. Lack of access to political decision making is the primary obstacle in the work of women peace builders.
The most critical contribution to peace building by women lies in transforming attitudes and practices, structures and competencies, to lay the groundwork for the local and global changes that permanent peace requires. Women’s peace activism works towards women’s own rights and equality, and it also works towards broader societal goals. Both are necessary elements in conflict transformation.
The work of building peace is not exclusively about direct mediation or formal negotiation. It demands the integration of initiatives taking place at different levels: local, national, regional and global. It also requires the transformation of global and societal relations. Successful and sustainable peace building processes involve people acquiring self-respect, identity and dignity, as well as physical security. It also requires that all sections of the population have the opportunity to participate in political processes. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the first ever on women, peace and security, is a result of a very successful international campaign. The resolution “Urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict. It in view of the above that Integrated Development Services (IDS) -Nigeria with support from the Urgent Action Fund (UAF)- Africa an international donor agency with Head Office in the United State of America (USA) dedicated to protecting and advancing women's rights and enabling their participation in crucial processes that contribute to shifting of power relations. UAF- Africa provides financial and technical support for strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women's human rights in situations of conflict and post conflict; precedent setting legal or legislative interventions and protection of women's human rights defenders who are persecuted because of their work. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event (positive or negative) creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact.
I. To promote women right and address gender disparity in all spheres of human endeavour and reduce the culture of violence and discrimination against women and girls that exist prior to the conflict.
II. The project will elevate the role of women from their position of obscurity in conflict resolution and promote their participation in the decision – making structures of a society
III. Strengthened women’s networks at the local level discussing women’s issues, including violence against women and advocating it for policy-level consideration.
IV. Increase in the number of women representation in the conflicts resolution and peace building processes.
1. To listen to the grievances of the Boko Haram sect while at the same time expressing condemnation for their human rights abuses.
2. Sending messages of peace and reconciliation through the community outreach approaches to both sides of the conflict to demonstrate impartiality
3. To carryout counseling services to assist rape victims organized feeding programs for displaced women in refugee camps and organized peace marches across their communities.
4. To carryout Advocacy, sensitizations and Raise awareness amongst women’s groups, legislative members, executives members, traditional/ religious leaders and other stakeholders on various issues fundamental to reaching a sustainable peace, such as respect for human rights, democracy, gender equality and development
5. Provide a forum for grassroots participation in issues on women, peace and security by airing the 'Voices of Women' through social medial programs
6. To increasing rural women's access to basic skills and knowledge in community peace-building and ensure long term autonomy for grassroots peace-builders, the women in peace-building program will continued to translate the specialized training tools and methodologies in conflict prevention and peace-building into indigenous language.
7. To advocate violence against women from a health perspective as both service and policy organizations.
8. To create peer mentoring networks with agreements for ongoing contact and sharing of practices
9. Identify needs and opportunities for women to engage in specific processes from a rights-based and gender perspective.
DATE: Wednesday 27th - 29th March, 2013
VENUE: Conference Hall, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Agwuyi Ironsi Way, Opposite National Merit House, Maitama Abuja (FCT)
50 Women Activities from Northern Nigeria
1. Introduction to Gender and Peacebuilding
2. Women’s Roles in Peacebuilding
3. Gender Analysis of Conflict and Violence
4.Skills for Women in Peacebuilding (Strategic planning, Advocacy and sensitization)
5. Resources and Challenges for Women in Peacebuilding
6. Designing a Strategic Plan for Women in Peacebuilding
7. Advocacy and sensitization strategies for women in peacebuilding
Women activists from civil society organizations (CSOs) such as faith based organizations (FBOs), community based organizations (CBOs), and non-governmental organization (NGOs) in the 19 Northern States of Nigeria only
Seminar Handouts, Refreshment (Tea & Lunch Break), Souvenirs, Certificates, Partnership opportunities
NOTE: Participants are to provide their own accommodations; Hotel Reservation is available on demand.
For Reservation/Participation, kindly SMS: - Your name, Organisation, State, Tel. Number, Email Address and your expectation at the seminar to 08036854938 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
His Excellency, Amb. Terence P. McCully- United States of America
Ambassador to Nigeria, Represented by Ms. Karen Mehring Ambassador's SSH Project
The Honorable Chairman, Karu LGC, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
The Division Police Officer (DPO) Karu LGA, Nasarawa State
HRH. Alh. Salihu - The Chief of Ado Community, Karu LGA
Mal. Haruna Bako, Social Welfare Officer – Karu Local Govt Area
Representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
Members of the Press
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
On behave of the board, management, staff and trainees of Integrated IDS. I welcome you all to the Official Commissioning of IDS – Community Skills Acquisition Center (CSAC) by the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria. His Excellency, Amb. Terence P. McCully, Represented by Ms. Karen Mehring - The Coordinator, U.S. Embassy Special Self Help (SSH) Project.
Before I proceed, permits me to introduce the Integrated Development Services (IDS). As a matter of fact, IDS is a registered non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2004 and dedicated to Socio-economic, Health and Educational development of the vulnerable women, youth and children through Research, Capacity building and Empowerment in Nigeria.
In 2007, IDS established the community skills acquisition center (CSAC) in Karu Local Government area of Nasarawa State with the aimed of training vulnerable Women, Youth and Children on livelihood vocationals such as Tailoring, Knitting, Hairdressing, Hat and Computer Operation to boost income generation, create employment opportunities and alleviated poverty among the targeted groups in the community.
The center has so far training over 100 women and youth of which over 60% of the beneficiaries have established their own small scale enterprises (SMEs) and at list 30% have got employment with the Government and the private sectors. We believe that with the US Embassy aid now, our target to train 100 women and youth yearly will be achieved.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It will interest you all to know that in 2010. The American Ambassador to Nigeria, through the Special Self Help (SSH) project, granted IDS Financial aid to acquired latest training equipments to improved on the facilities and train more vulnerable women and youth in Nasarawa State and Nigeria at large on various skills acquisition programs.
Once again, I wish to express IDS Board, Staff and Trainees sincere appreciation and gratitude to the American Ambassador to Nigeria for this kind gesture, we shall not end this Address without acknowledging the Project Coordinator, United States Embassy Abuja. SSH Project Coordinator, Ms. Karen Mehring for her kindness and doing every possible for Ado community women and youth to be fully empowered on various vocational programs for income generation, employment creation and poverty alleviation.
In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, it is our commitment at IDS and the Community to ensure the development and sustainability of this project through mobilization of local resources to meet with our target of training 500 vulnerable women, youth and Children most especially those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, disability, sex workers and victims of human trafficking and early marriage by the year 2015 to help realized the united nation millennium development goals (MDGs) and Nigeria Vision 20-20:20
Finally, I want to thank all of you for finding time to grace this wonderful occasion,I prayed God to grant you journey mercies to your various places
Our management team is comprised of distinguished and practicing experts, acknowledged authorities, seasonal, tested and vastly experienced professionals and technocrats in diverse fields of human and organisational resources development, drawn from both the public and private sectors and from within and outside the country. They are also experienced trainers and facilitators who possess in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in the use of different training approaches and methodologies. They would be selected for the different trainings based on qualifications, areas of strengths and expertise.
OUR TRAINING APPROACH & METHODOLOGY
Our approach to training recognizes the need to achieve the following:
Transfer Learning: We ensure that our training does not place content or material above the need to transfer back to real job and link it with business result. This we do by engaging the whole system (i.e., the leaner, the learner’s manager, the business need) in order to address the “what’s in it for me?” factor.
Multiple-experience Training: Knowing that people learn in different ways, we avoid designing a “one size fit all” leaning experience by developing some strategic tools and training delivery methods to accommodate this and ensure that our participants’ various learning needs are met.
Guild on the Side: Our training approaches are also highly participatory. The brain-friendly rule of thumb is that learners should spend at least 70% of the leaning experience doing something other than just listening to the trainer. Learning is not just about the consumption of information but the creation of meaning, value and ultimately action on the part of the learner; hence our decision not to be “sages on the stage”, but “guides on the side” by encouraging method that activate learning such as discussion, role as syndicate groups, management games, etc.
Interactive Delivery: Studies have shown that we remember about 5% of what we hear, 20% of what we see; 40-50% of what we see and hear and up to 80% of what we see, hear and do. Hence, we employ approaches and teaching/learning equipments that facilitated the achievement of these goals.
Ground Rules: We practices effective ground rules during our training and workshops that are adopted by participants to provide a discipline environment which eventually give way to a vibrant and result oriented interactions amongst participants.
Post-Training Assistance: Feedbacks are elicited from participants through a battery of tests on the training contents and their deliveries. Post-training assistance is available to participants and their organisations through provision of training reports, advices to department/management to facilitate participants’ knowledge-to-job transfer, and suggestion for further training.
OUR COMPITITIVES ADVANTAGE:
IDS make full use of technology and latest equipments to impart training in a comfortable and congenial environment. IDS has a modern computer laboratory with state-of-the-art computing equipments with Internet connection. Our training rooms are equipped with modern training aids including overhead, slide and multimedia projectors. The facility of audio and video playback is also available. Participants and the public can make full use of IDS's Information and Communication Technology ((ICT) Resource Centre for accessing information on issues related to sustainable development.
OUR INCOME SOURCES:
1, Donation and grants from individuals and organisations locally and internationally,
2. Consultancy services,
3. Income on investment
4. Membership registration fee and dues
5. Board of trustees (BOT) contribution
2. Organised a 2day capacity building and training workshop on: participatory organization, self assessment and development (POSAD) / project management for the senior staff of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Child development in partnership with CARWAC Abuja. 2007.
3. Production of a national documentary programme on the plights of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Nigeria for the Child Development Department- FMWA/UNICEF with support from office of the millennium development goals (MDGs) Abuja 2007.
4. Conduct operational research in partnership with CARWAC on Television Programs with Educational value in Nigeria for the New-Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) / Educational Trust Fund (ETF) 2007.
5. Designed and Production of HIV/AIDS behaviour change communication (BCC) for the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development / NACA with support from World Bank Country Office Abuja for Nationwide distribution 2008.
6. Organised A 2day capacity building/training workshop for civil society organisations (CSOs) to Achieving National Development Goals in the Global Economic Meltdown at the Conference Hall, National Statistics Bureau Head Quaters Abuja 2009.
7. Organised a 2day National Seminar on “FAST TRACKING PROGRAMS TOWARDS MDG 2015 AND NIGERIA VISION 20 -2020: The Role of Government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the Conference Hall, LE HELDA Palace Hotel, Kaduna State Nigeria.
8. Organised National HIV/AIDS Concert on the 17th December,2009 to create mass awareness on HIV/AIDS behaviour change communication (BCC).
9. Establishment of information and communication technology (ICT) Resource Centre and Skill Acquisition Centre at IDS Field Office, Karu LGA Abuja by Keffi Express Way, Nigeria.
2. To provide Micro-finance (credit) to the less privileged women and youth who do not have collateral securities to obtain loans from financial institutions to boost income generating activities (IGA).
3. To train and empower the less privileged women, youth and children on various skills acquisition programs such as Tailoring, Dress making (Knitting), Hair dressing, Hat and Beat making and Computer operation to reduce poverty, create employment opportunities and to promote income generating activities (IGA).
4. To promote environmental sustainability and development through capacity building and empowerment.
5. To promote democracy and gender equality at the grass roots community by mobilizing and building capacity of rural women and youth to participate in politics and socio-economic development.
6. To facilitate Community infrastructural development through building of Schools, Primary health care and provision of potable drinking water and sanitation
7. Mobilization of communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholder at the community level against corruption.
8. To create awareness, re-integrate and empowered victims of human trafficking and commercial sex workers(CSW)on Psycho-socio and economic support for self reliance