French Em­bassy awards PISSCA grants to Nige­rian CSOS

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE GRAND MASTERS - From Igho Ak­eregha, Abuja Bureau Chief

THE French Em­bassy in Nige­ria has awarded the PISCCA grant to four Nige­rian non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGO) to strengthen ca­pac­ity in dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

The PISCCA (In­no­va­tive Projects by Civil So­ci­ety and Col­lab­o­rat­ing Ac­tors) pro­gram aims to help civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions to build the ca­pac­ity needed to set up lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

The al­lo­cated bud­get will also fi­nance mi­cro projects in the area of de­vel­op­ment and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion by civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions. The 2016-2018 al­lo­ca­tion tar­gets projects that have a coali­tion and ca­pac­ity build­ing com­po­nent.

PISCCA is a suc­ces­sor of the for­mer So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund which was last im­ple­mented in Nige­ria be­tween 2013 and 2016 and funded 9 projects cov­er­ing a wide range of sec­tors of in­ter­ven­tion, in­clud­ing liveli­hood ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­mo­tion of hu­man rights and ac­cess to wa­ter.

In line with the cur­rent so­cio-po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic con­text, the fol­low­ing ar­eas of in­ter­ven­tion have been pri­or­i­tized to in­clude So­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pro­fes­sional in­te­gra­tion of women and youths, hu­man rights, cit­i­zen mo­bi­liza­tion and in­clu­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion in pub­lic de­bate.

A state­ment by Damilola Ay­o­deji, Press at­taché to the French Em­bassy in Abuja said af­ter re­ceiv­ing close to 400 ap­pli­ca­tions, the Em­bassy chose the four NGO projects on Pas­toral Resolve Project ti­tled: Im­prov­ing liveli­hoods and strength­en­ing of com­mu­nity in­sti­tu­tion for peace and se­cu­rity in the ru­ral ar­eas. This project aims to strengthen tra­di­tional con­flict res­o­lu­tion through rev­enue gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

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