Armed violence in Nigeria is far from abating. All parts of the country face different types of violence and insecurity. Escalating violence between Boko Haram insurgents and government security forces in the North East, which boiled over into a state of emergency in three states, are the most alarming recent developments.
Countless responses to curb such violence are underway throughout Nigeria. Yet, because of Nigeria’s sheer size, its large population, and a chronic scarcity of data, these efforts are poorly understood. To get a better idea of “who does what” in the prevention and reduction of armed violence, the Nigeria Working Group on Armed Violence and Action on Armed Violence have mapped more than 500 organisations – mainly from civil society, but from government, academia, and international organisations – and their projects tackling violence. This report presents a first overview of the findings, with a special focus on the role of NGOs and faith-based organisations.
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