Publications

Our research and publications are the knowledge base of our work. We intend to use this tool to influence stakeholders and ensure decisions are informed and based on good grasp of the conflict situations.

 

Our Research Findings

NSRP funds, publishes and disseminates research findings. Our research work are further summarised in brief documents for policy makers. We call them policy briefs. Find some of our research products below.

  • Drug Use Research 2017 This study examines the relationship between drug consumption, peace and security at the local and state levels in Nigeria. The purpose of the research was to interrogate popular assumptions related to the use and abuse of narcotics, regulated psychotropic medications and other psychoactive substances in Nigerian communities, and assess their impact on peace and conflict systems in the country. The data that this report is based on were gathered in five states as well as in the city of Lagos, in April and May 2016. Download Drug Use Research 2017
  • Research Report Children Associated with Armed Groups The study examines the pathways and drivers for recruitment of children into these groups, the pathways for exiting the armed groups, and the challenges and opportunities for reintegration including the role of family and community perception and potential for stigmatisation. Download Research Report Children Associated with Armed Groups
  • Young Women and Work in Nigeria - Research Report This report presents findings from a qualitative study commission by the NSRP, exploring the extent to which government youth employment and empowerment programmes are targeting, reaching and working for young women, with a particular focus on the most prominent federal level programmes including the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P); Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria Programme (YouWIN!); Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO); Vocational Skills Development (VSD); and Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-WIN). Download Young Women and Work in Nigeria - Research Report
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  • Trends and Patterns of Road Accidents in Nigeria Download Trends and Patterns of Road Accidents in Nigeria
  • Patterns and Trend Analysis of Violence in Nigeria Download Patterns and Trend Analysis of Violence in Nigeria
  • Muslims Christians and Religious Violence Download Muslims Christians and Religious Violence
  • Land Conflict and Climate Patterns in Nigeria Download Land Conflict and Climate Patterns in Nigeria
  • Killings by Security Forces in Nigeria Mapping and Trend Download Killings by Security Forces in Nigeria Mapping and Trend
  • Stability Journal article on JAS The following article considers the extent to which the Nigerian jihadi group, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (JAS), also known as Boko Haram, is transforming its model of governance from domination by violence and force to governance through civil administration and public support. Download Stability Journal article on JAS
  • Rural Banditry Report This research was undertaken by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and the Pastoral Resolve (PARE), with the support of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP). The research aims to systematically unravel the root causes of rural banditry and social conflicts in Nigeria, with specific mention placed on the northern Nigeria. Download Rural Banditry Report
  • Masculinities Conflict and Violence web Differences in the way Nigerian men and women are socialised and valued – and disparities in their abilities to access power, resources and key roles in society - create an imbalance of power within relationships between the two sexes. These differences usually fuel personal struggles as well as conflict and violence in the home and the wider community and further deepen gender inequality. This study examines masculinities as it relates and responds to conflict and violence. Download Masculinities Conflict and Violence web
  • What Violence Means to us: Women with Disabilities Speak We conducted a one-of-its kind research on the impact of violence on women living with disability. Findings are quite broad. But it validates perceptions that they suffer violence and are never considered in processes that impact their lives. Download a copy and find out key research insights and findings. Download What Violence Means to us: Women with Disabilities Speak
  • Peace and Security Working Group Election Violence Synthesis and Recommendations, January 2015 In partnership with other development agencies working under the aegis of Peace and Security Working Group, (PSWG) we conducted an analysis of several scenarios and their capacity to trigger violence leading up to and after the general elections. This report is an overview of the country and a summary of key political dynamics across the regions that make up Nigeria. Download Peace and Security Working Group Election Violence Synthesis and Recommendations, January 2015
  • Peace and Security Working Group National Level Elections Scenarios, January 2015 In partnership with other development agencies working under the aegis of Peace and Security Working Group, (PSWG) we conducted an analysis of several scenarios and their capacity to trigger violence leading up to and after the general elections. This report covers the National level and the likely impact of the presidential elections on the polity. Download Peace and Security Working Group National Level Elections Scenarios, January 2015
  • NSRP 2013 Annual Perception Surveys (APS) The Annual Perception Survey (APS) is a central element of NSRP's monitoring and evaluation strategy and will be undertaken each year to measure progress by establishing a baseline and tracking the indicators of the changes that the programme is expected to bring about. The survey aims to track the incidence and impact of violence in NSRP areas, together with perceptions about the causes of violence, and the effectiveness of institutional responses. Download NSRP 2013 Annual Perception Surveys (APS)
  • From Design to Implementation This article considers the ways in which knowledge and research influenced the design of a programme to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria. The diversity of sources and forms of conflict in Nigeria, and the way that local grievances interact with national struggles over politics and resources, combined with a need to show measurable results within five years, made the task of programme design extremely challenging. Authors: Judy El Bushra, Ukoha Ukiwo, Sarah Ladbury Download From Design to Implementation
  • Winners or Loser? Assessing the Contribution of Youth Employment and Empowerment Programmes in Reducing Conflict Risk in Nigeria The report's intended purpose is to answer the question: whether Nigeria's youth – and by extension the country as a whole – stand to be winners or losers from the overall government response to unemployment at different tiers. Specifically, it is concerned to establish whether the portfolio of programmes referred to as youth employment and empowerment initiatives, are actually likely to contribute to a reduction in violent conflict. The report provides evidence and recommendations for future programming that incorporate lessons from both the successes and challenges of existing interventions. It will serve as a platform on which NSRP can build its own interventions over the next four years, and is also intended as a contribution to the urgent task of renewing Nigeria's effort to tackle its youth unemployment challenge, so as to foster peace and stability. Lead Author: Jessica Banfield Download Winners or Loser? Assessing the Contribution of Youth Employment and Empowerment Programmes in Reducing Conflict Risk in Nigeria
  • Watching us Die on CNN: Report on the Study of Community-Level Conflict Management Mechanisms NSRP commissioned this study on community-level conflict management mechanisms as background research for its design phase. Research institutes attached to the universities of Port Harcourt, Jos and Maiduguri carried out the research. The findings presented here draw on interviews with community members, in which they described their experience of conflict and their views as to how it can best be dealt with. Download Watching us Die on CNN: Report on the Study of Community-Level Conflict Management Mechanisms
  • Community Conflict Management Mechanism: Selected Narratives Selected Narratives from the CCMM focus group discussion and in-depth interviews. Download Community Conflict Management Mechanism: Selected Narratives
  • National Action Plan Nigeria's National Action Plan (NAP) for the Implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) on women, peace and security. NSRP supported the Federal Government to draft and launch the NAP document. Download National Action Plan
  • Synthesis Paper on Lessons Learned in Responses to Conflict in Northern Nigeria This paper review conflict dynamics in Northern Nigeria. It assess key conflict triggers and manner of occurrence as well as government's menu of interventions in a bid to check the rise. The paper advocates certain other interventions including the political will to arrest conflict before they become violent while also pointing out key lessons. Download Synthesis Paper on Lessons Learned in Responses to Conflict in Northern Nigeria
  • Media Mapping Studies: Middle Belt and the North East In recent years, violent conflict has become increasingly common in Nigeria. Every day, in different parts of the country, incidents of violence are reported in both printed and electronic media. This paper reviews the interactions between the media and its influence on violence. This edition is looking at middle belt and north eastern states Download Media Mapping Studies: Middle Belt and the North East
  • Media Mapping Studies - Rivers and Bayelsa State In recent years, violent conflict has become increasingly common in Nigeria. Every day, in different parts of the country, incidents of violence are reported in both printed and electronic media. This paper reviews the interactions between the media and its influence on violence. This edition is looking at niger delta states Download Media Mapping Studies - Rivers and Bayelsa State
  • Responding to Radicalisation - Lessons Learnt Increasing insecurity in northern Nigeria has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and significant population displacements as well as dangerously exacerbating economic, political and religious divisions within the nation. The underlying causes of violence include poverty, inequality and youth unemployment as well as poor governance and political exclusion. While the circumstances and causes of conflict of each country are unique, the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) has reviewed the lessons from other countries that have experienced increased instability due to radicalisation and extreme violence and considered its relevance to northern Nigerian. Download Responding to Radicalisation - Lessons Learnt
  • The Role of Women and Girls in Peace Initiatives in Nigeria The study seeks to support the work of both the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and the government of the United Kingdom; the former in its drafting and implementation of a National Action Plan (NAP) on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security; and the latter in its preparations for the Commission on the Status of Women 57th session in March 2013. It is anticipated that the research will also be useful for the implementation of DFID’s new programmes, particularly the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and others as they start to be implemented. Download The Role of Women and Girls in Peace Initiatives in Nigeria
  • Business and Services Study This study was an opportunity to begin to answer these questions. It draws on International Alert’s (IA) work on the role of business in peacebuilding, particularly the findings from work with business in Uganda and Pakistan. International Alert (IA) has developed a spectrum of domestic private sector responses to violent conflict. The spectrum shows business as having a negative, conflict sustaining effect at one end and a positive, conflict reducing effect on the other. In the middle of the spectrum business is merely about coping/survival. Although the diagram below was developed to relate to business we would contend that services - education and health services for example - also have a similar range of responses to violent conflict Download Business and Services Study
  • Expert and Eminent Persons Meeting Report 1 Submissions and papers presented at the NSRP supported Expert and Eminent persons group meeting on complex insurgencies in Nigeria. They come in two versions. This is volume 1 Download Expert and Eminent Persons Meeting Report 1
  • Expert and Eminent Persons Meeting Report 2 Submissions and papers presented at the NSRP supported Expert and Eminent persons group meeting on complex insurgencies in Nigeria. They come in two versions. This is volume 2 Download Expert and Eminent Persons Meeting Report 2
  • Conflict Mapping Studies: North west region by Kabiru Riruwai and Ukoha Ukiwo Violent conflict is endemic to Kano. Most conflicts in the state are framed in the terms of the political and cultural tensions between the North and South of the country, and frequently in a religious idiom pitting Muslims against Christians, although rarely is religion the direct cause of violent conflict. Economic recession and a growing population, especially the increasing number of young unemployed, have added to state’s propensity for violence. There are several opportunities for intervention. These include promoting and strengthening greater coordination among conflict management institutions; promoting inclusion among the institutions; building conflict sensitive and results management capacity in both state and non-governmental initiatives for peace and security; and supporting initiatives that aim to reduce vulnerability among youths and women. Download Conflict Mapping Studies: North west region by Kabiru Riruwai and Ukoha Ukiwo
  • Conflict Mapping Studies: North East Region by Muhammad Kabir Isa and Hajja Hamsatu Allamin The mapping of conflict prevention architecture and peace building initiatives in the north-east reveals that conflicts are driven by bad governance and that results into the disconnect between governments and the governed, which also breeds injustice in society. This has dovetailed into unpopular governmental policies, high handedness of the security agencies within the background of youth poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, political violence and the militarisation of the youth in the communities. The upsurge in activities of militant Islamic movement within the zone is a reflection of this failure of governance, deteriorating institutions and values in the society. Download Conflict Mapping Studies: North East Region by Muhammad Kabir Isa and Hajja Hamsatu Allamin
  • Conflict Mapping Report: Middle Belt Region by Imran Abdulrahman and Eleanor Nwadinobi The mapping found that the drivers of the protracted social conflict in both States are multi-dimensional ranging from historical antecedents, political, economy and elites’ manipulation that now shapes causal factors along social–political and religious identity by the elites. Ironically, religion which is generally seen as the causal factor is believed to be a catalyst for instigating violence by the conflict entrepreneurs who understand the psychic of the people and how cheap to use religion for achieving personal greed. Youth unemployment is high and lack of social service scheme coupled with drug abuse and addiction that have worsen the level of poverty and hopelessness amongst the citizenry. Download Conflict Mapping Report: Middle Belt Region by Imran Abdulrahman and Eleanor Nwadinobi
  • Conflict Mapping Studies: Bayelsa & Rivers States by Ukoha Ukiwo and Patrick Naagbanton The mapping found that violent conflicts in the two states are mostly driven by struggle or competition for access to oil wealth. Most government and oil company responses have focussed on transfer of resources to aggrieved groups, especially groups that threaten or inflict violence. This has consequently encouraged internalization of a culture of violence. The mapping recommends that interventions should be aimed at ensuring that moderate voices are heard and non-violent actors benefit from existing and future empowerment programmes. Download Conflict Mapping Studies: Bayelsa & Rivers States by Ukoha Ukiwo and Patrick Naagbanton
  • Conflict Mapping Studies: Delta State Report by Ukoha Ukiwo and Patrick Naagbanton Delta State has experienced the most longstanding and intense violent conflict in the region and its coastal areas have served as strongholds of major Niger Delta militant groups. Several sustained efforts by the government and oil companies to address violent conflicts through empowerment of key actors in the conflict as well as opportunities for both legal and illegal resource accumulation have contributed to reduction of incidents of inter-communal violent conflicts and violent confrontations between militants and community activists and security operatives. This study confirmed the relevance of proposed NSRP outputs in the state and identified prospective partners for implementing the outputs among both state and non-state actors. Download Conflict Mapping Studies: Delta State Report by Ukoha Ukiwo and Patrick Naagbanton

Our Policy Briefs

NSRP produces a policy brief for each research report it publishes. The policy brief summarises key findings and recommendation from research reports. This product is targeted at key decision makers who are in need of information to decide on key policy issues.