The Northeast part of Nigeria has ever since 2009 experienced insurgency and counter-insurgency activities that had considerable negative effect on the people, such as mass displacement of the people, crippled socio-economic activities, livelihoods, food supplies among many others.
In the bid to rebuild and re-establish the source of livelihoods of target populations across Borno state, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funds from European Union (EU) under the Start-up Cash Grant for Integrated Community Stabilization Project has supported the cause of income generation opportunities, empowering, building self-efficacy and resilience of some of the people affected by the insurgency through provision of marketable vocational skills and financial support.
820 beneficiaries ( 384 women’s and 436 men’s) were equipped with various vocational skills varying from Tailoring, Catering, GSM & Computer repairs, Hair dressing, Welding and Aluminium fabrication, Carpentry, Fish production, Cattle fattening, Crop production, Nursery & Land Scaping, Tie & Dye, Soap making among others, while others were equipped with the art of leather work and automobile technologies. The successfully graduated beneficiaries were provided with start-up cash grant of 180,000 Naira in two equal tranches. The eligibility criteria for start-up cash grants were to have attendance and performance of over 70% with a robust business plan. These beneficiaries were trained for a period of three months, six months and one year, based on the skills requirement and most of them have already started their own little business from the knowledge and financial aid gained at the training.