Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
In the fall of 2013, one of our participants, a Pastor and PhD from one of the Northern states, travelled eighteen hours to attend one of our workshops. During the The Engaged Identity (TEI) training, he shared a picture of one of the twelve members of his community who were killed in front of him the week before. He looked up and asked if we could make this stop. In Febraury of 2014, with our local Nigerian partners the CTS Peace Institute, we held a three day workshop in Yola, Adamawa. As violence was ravaging Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States and despite a state wide curfew limiting movement, 170 Christians and Muslims from four local governments and kingdoms came together to collaborate, train and share their interests in Peace.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We reached 45 students in the fall of 2013, with programs partnering in three Nigeria states. During 2014, we have already reached over 180 participants in our first two months of programming. Over 77% of participants have reported the workshop as very important to their peacebuilding work and training. With 68% of students reporting effective changes in personal, professional and community conflict transformation efforts. Many of our students report the workshop has impacted their negotiation and mediation skills in particular. We are currently interviewing our 2013 participants to include narrative and qualitative evaluation at the post three and six month training marks. We have expanded our programming to five states, due to word of mouth and our participants interests in brining our programs to their communities.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Moving into the fall of 2014, we are ready to begin our growth phase to offer trainings of trainers (TOTs) in our partner communitites. In addition to our ongoing workshops, this offers Nigerians the opportunity to have locally directed and staffed programs providing replication, empowerment and ownership of the TEIP processes, and increase our impact potential. We are looking to launch our first TOTs in the fall of 2014 in areas with the greatest conflict concerns, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna, and Benue States. With a potential of 20-60 trainers in communtities by the 2015 National elections.