QUESTIONS ON THE UTILISATION OF THE 13% DERIVATION FROM THE OIL REVENUE IN NIGERIA

September 2020 - What is the meaning of the 13% derivation principle of oil revenue when women in the Niger Delta communities have no access to clean water, health facilities, and quality educational facilities for the children in the communities? These are issues raised by many community representatives who participated in series of Focus Group Discussions organised by Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre in some oil bearing and host communities in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states during the process of research into the implementation of the 13% derivation fund. If the impact is not felt by the people it means the funds are not judiciously utilized to benefit community members.

An overwhelming number of the community members, particularly women expressed disenchantment and lack of faith on the government in terms of judicious utilization of the 13% derivation funds. Livelihoods have been destroyed by oil and gas activities without due consideration by government to provide alternatives.
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ADVOCACY MEETING WITH LEGISLATIVE LEADERS AND COUNCILS IN OGONI-LAND

July 2020 - The advocacy meeting was an interface between the Ogoni Women Coalition and their Legislative Leaders / Councilors. The women presented the Livelihood Needs Assessment research report, which was carried out in the 4 LGAs of Ogoni. The women pleaded with their leaders to help streamline some of the identified livelihood opportunities into the budgets and their constituency projects. This project activity was carried out with support from CORDAID.

The various Leaders applauded the women for a beautiful research conducted, and promise to adopt some of the recommendations and present to the council. They also, encouraged the women to help mobilize and motivate more women to join the train of bringing positive development programs at Ogoni land.
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GENDER AND ACCOUNTABILITY

September 2018 - 2019 - The Gender and Accountability project is aimed at raising strengthened female voices demanding for transperency and accountability. This project is sponsored by WRAPA with support from MacArthur Foundation.
Kebetkache has campaigned for accountability using several mediums ranging from townhall meetings, social media campaigns, radio discussions by women themselves, blog publications and media houses publications.

May 2019 - July 2019 - A series of townhall meetings on Open Government partnerships (OGP) were held in Uyo, Eket, Abak, Ikot Ekpene, Yenagoa, and Port Harcourt between the months of May and July 2019. OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP members are ambitious in bringing women and other underrepresented groups, ensuring that reforms are inclusive of all people's needs.
Kebetkache is brnging this campaign to the notice of the women to build their confidence and self esteem and promote a stronger voice of women demanding gender participation and open governance.

FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT

2016-2018 - With support from OXFAM, Kebetkache has carried out series of capacity building trainings to mobilize and sensitize citizens especially community members on the importance of community needs assessment and participatory budgeting. These trainings were done in Asaba(Delta State), Enugu(Enugu State), Port Harcourt(Rivers State) and Calabar(Cross River State) and a total of over 800 community members including government representatives from the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Ministry of Budgets have been trained.
The aim of the Financing for Development (F4D) project is mobilize and sensitize a critical mass of citizens who are aware and empowered to demand fair taxation practices as well as participatory and gender responsive budgeting.

2019-2020 - This project has now entered the phase two of implemetation which is Strategic Planning and this first activity has just been completed in Asaba (Delta State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State).

WOMEN IN DEMOCRACY DIALOGUE

2011 - Women in Democracy Dialogue is a project aimed at promoting the inclusion of women in governance. It is sponsored by National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Kebetkache implemented this projected in Rivers State and series of roundtable discussions was held with stakeholders beginning from the community level on the importance of women inclusion in governance and decision making.
Voices of women especially community women was aired on radio stations giving them a platform to discuss their issues and the impact of community practices on women.

2017 - The project continued with more radio discussions and advocacy visits to stakeholders in all levels of government. kebetkache used the medium to campaign for non-violence in the then upcoming 2019 elections. The campaign for peaceful elections went on until the day of the elections.


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