Nexus Fund: Civil Society Exchange in Nigeria

The Nexus Fund’s Civil Society Exchange Program offers locally-led organizations the opportunity to share knowledge and skills related to violence prevention through individually crafted, in-person exchanges. Nigeria, cited as the fourth likeliest country in the world to experience mass violence, has experienced an alarming increase in identity-based atrocities. In 2011, religiously motivated violence broke out in Kafanchan, Nigeria, leading to thousands of deaths and deepened divisions between Christian and Muslim communities. In response, Fantsuam Foundation, a locally-led organization in Kafanchan, crafted innovative livelihood and development programs to foster peace and prevent violence.

In 2016, the Nexus Fund supported a six-week civil society exchange between Fantsuam Foundation and the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), an organization that aims to prevent religious conflict. During the six-week exchange, IMC was introduced to Fantsuam Foundation’s livelihood-driven conflict resolution strategy, which included a grazing reserve that encourages contentious communities to share resources, agricultural cooperatives, village-based loan schemes, and more. After the exchange, IMC participant Japheth James reflected, “I learned a sustainable way to generate income through agriculture and a savings scheme that will allow IMC to raise funds for interventions that will promote peace and prevent violence.”

In 2016, Nexus provided $5,042 to support the civil society exchange highlighted above which

facilitated the exchange of knowledge and skills related to utilizing development interventions in order to promote peaceful coexistence and prevent violence.

Nexus Fund: Civil Society Exchange in Nigeria