The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), a non-profit organization that promotes peace and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria through multi-stakeholder partnerships, won the distinguished MKO Abiola community engagement award at the 2021 Community Conference and Human Rights Award (CAHR) for community service in the Niger Delta region of the country.
The award, which followed PIND’s nomination in September 2021 and a wave of supporters, labeled PIND as having the most flexible relationship with communities in the Niger Delta, leading to the establishment of a transparent process inclusive engagement and grievance management in its work.
“Our stakeholders and partners are at the heart of what we do. This award reinforces our belief that when community stakeholders are engaged in the development process, the likelihood of success is higher and the results are likely to be more sustainable,” said PIND Executive Director, Tunji Idowu .
The CAHR Awards are dedicated to celebrating exceptional individuals and organizations who have excelled in engaging their communities in an honorable way.
The award categories are linked to historically significant figures, such as the MKO Abiola Community Engagement Award, named after the late Moshood Kashimwo Olawale Abiola (1937-1998), a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist.
The CAHR Awards, an initiative of CSR-in-Action (Corporate Social Responsibility in Action) in partnership with Global Rights Nigeria and Zenera Consulting, seeks to provide a platform that would encourage companies to take external action to correct anomalies in community engagement, primarily extractive communities, recognizing and appreciating top performing companies and individuals.