Investing in the safety and integrity of Nigerian girls (I-SING)

Investing in the safety and integrity of Nigerian girls (I-SING)

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and implemented by Mercy Corps, the I-SING project targeted young people in the States of Borno and Gombe in northeastern Nigeria. This programme helped improve the protection, access to informal education and economic empowerment of 12 000 teenagers through a community approach, based on an existing network of community committees, women’s groups and trainers in north-east Nigeria. In addition to young girls, the programme targeted 5 000 teenage boys through activities to improve their means of subsistence while enhancing their awareness of the added value of gender equality and healthy masculinity. Analysing and integrating gender takes place throughout the programme cycle, ensuring that programmes identify the distinct roles, needs and opportunities of women, girls, men andboys and design activities to close opportunity gaps.

 

Global objective

  •  Improve the safety, livelihoods and personal agency of adolescent girls in northeastern Nigeria

Specific objectives

  • Improve adolescent girls’ and boys’ life skills, reproductive health knowledge and psychosocial support
  • Improve adolescent girls’ and boys’ financial literacy, access to savings and loans and livelihood skills
  • Provide an enabling and supportive environment for adolescent girls to thrive

Expected results

  • Improved life skills of adolescent girls and boys (both IDPs and host community members aged 10 to 19); for example, negotiation skills, goal setting, reproductive health knowledge and psychosocial support
  • Improved financial literacy and access to savings and loans for adolescent girls and boys, IDPs and host community members aged 10 to 19; improved livelihood skills and links to vocational training where appropriate
  • Pro-active support of community leaders and members—particularly men and boys—including government actors and local service providers, to create an enabling and supportive environment for adolescent girls to thrive

Duration

3 years : 01/09/2016 - 31/01/2019

Localisation

The project was implemented in the States of Borno and Gombe in northeastern Nigeria.

Beneficiaries

12 000 adolescents and 5 000 young men in the States of Borno and Gombe

Budget

EUR 3 500 633

Funding

European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

Implementation

Mercy Corps

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Country

  • Nigeria

Topics

  • Demographic trends
  • Education
  • Employment & revenues
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Health
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Poverty
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Youth

Targets

  • Poor households
  • Poor workers in the informal economy
  • Refugees
  • Women
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods

Scales

  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 3 SDG 4 SDG 5 SDG 8 SDG 10 SDG 16