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Oily Livelihoods: Dynamics of Artisanal Refining on Sustainable Livelihoods in the Niger Delta

This research report is based on the findings and analyses from the Sustainable Livelihood Assessment in Selected Oil Impacted Communities in the Niger Delta conducted by the Fostering Achievement of Community Empowerment (FACE) Initiative and commissioned by the Strategic Partnership (SP) for Lobby and Advocacy programme in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the SP has been working to empower communities in the Niger Delta to advocate for and participate in the clean-up of oil spills in the region, especially in the most affected Ogoniland. Among the programme’s interventions is the promotion of sustainable livelihoods. The Sustainable Livelihood Assessment in Selected Oil Impacted Communities in the Niger Delta was conducted to gather local evidence for knowledge building around sustainable livelihoods and the activities of oil pipeline vandalism, oil bunkering and artisanal refining, which are major drivers of conflicts in the oil-rich but oil-polluted region in Nigeria.

This condensed report focuses on the interplay between livelihoods in the Niger Delta and artisanal refining. It highlights perspectives to better understand measures that can help ensure sustainable, alternative livelihoods in the Niger Delta, especially in the face of increasing trend of artisanal refining (perceived or real) in the region. It is hoped that the findings will help enrich information for decision-making geared towards improving the livelihoods of the people of the Niger Delta and ultimately towards strengthening the social contract between the people and the state.

Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by Cordaid in partnership with local organizations, the SP is a programme aimed at strengthening the social contract in fragile contexts in six countries – Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and South Sudan.

 

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