IFES is currently engaged in implementing the Support for Electoral Reforms Project (SERP) in Nigeria, funded by USAID and DFID. As part of SERP programming, IFES and local partners maintain a “Nigeria Electoral Violence Report.” IFES in support of this NEVR Report in advance of the 2019 General Elections provides six (6) subawards to Nigerian CSOs that will identify, train and deploy monitors across each of Nigeria’s 6 geopolitical zones, to monitor, analyze and respond to incidents of electoral violence. The RFA provides prospective organizations with the relevant operational and performance requirements for the expected award of which Youth Alive was one of the 6 CSOs chosen to partner on this project.
YAF is contributing to the overall aim of the “Support for Electoral Reforms Project (SERP)”. This is done strategically by maintaining a Nigeria Election Violence Report (NEVR) while working with local partners across the 6 South-South States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, and Rivers states. In achieving this, YAF has deployed several activities to increase awareness of and accountability for electoral violence through conflict monitoring, public education and advocacy in Nigeria.
The project is guided by the following goal and objectives:
· To enhance local capacity and collaborative action to prevent violence before, during and after 2019 general elections in south-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria;
· To increase knowledge and awareness of electoral process and the dangers posed by electoral violence among stakeholders in the south-south geopolitical zone;
· To enhance involvement and collaboration between elections stakeholders in the mitigation and prevention of electoral violence in the targeted region;
· To Increase capacity of CSOs and citizens to monitor and prevent electoral violence in south-south geopolitical zone.
YAF role in promoting citizens’ participation in non-violent electoral processes is one among the several contributions of the organization towards increasing Youth involvement in governance. Aside the vision of creating a society where youths can prioritize personal development we also envisage a country-wide development through civic engagement and upholding of our basic human rights.