Spirit of America is a relatively small American NGO who have operated in Niger. They have provided many items of non-lethal equipment to Niger in their fight against Boko Haram, including metal detectors.[i]
Additionally, they funded a community-level counter Boko Haram summit in Diffa, southern Niger. The summit was conducted in cooperation with the US unit and the Nigerien military and focused on stopping the flow of recruits to help the militant group in an effort to counter radicalization and recruitment. They also looked at how to better police village borders.
Currently they are looking to fund equipment purchases for the Action Civil-Militaire (ACM) unit, that empowers local leaders and has developed early warning systems, but are under-resourced.[ii]
[i] Spirit of America, ‘Stopping Boko Haram in Niger’, June 24 2015, https://spiritofamerica.org/blog/stopping-boko-haram-niger
[ii] Spirit of America, ‘Niger: Enabling Community Engagement by Supporting Partners in Niger’, April 26 2016, https://spiritofamerica.org/projects/supporting-partners-in-niger
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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