Introducing myself and my journal

Aigbe Austin
Posted August 21, 2010 from Nigeria


My desire is to improve my professional career in the Non State Sector with a dynamic Organization that value hard work and interpersonal character in line with management policy and to work with dynamic members of staff to achieving the Organizational objective with due regards to the mission statement (s)

Participated alongside with relevant institutions in the design and review of Development Plans/Policies, viz are: - UNFPA Review of the 6th Country Programme of Assistance to Nigeria. - Edo State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (Edo SEEDS) - Local Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (LEEDS) - United Nations Institute for Training and Research capacity building plan for Edo State - Nigeria Niger/Delta Master Plan - Edo HIV/AIDS State Strategic Plan and State Strategic framework - The Child Rights Act - National Gender policy - Law prohibiting Stigma and Discrimination of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Edo State - Public Procurement Act

CAPACITY BUILDING • Conflict Resolution and Peace Management – By United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) • Environment Profile Techniques – By UNITAR • Participatory Rural Appraisal and Participatory Learning Approach (PRA/PLA) – By European Union Micro Project Programme in Six States (EU/MPP6) • Financial Management Strategy –By EU/MPP6 • Leadership Skill Building – By UNDP • Preventive Intervention/ Mitigation of Impact of HIV/AIDS – By National Project Team of National Action Committee on AIDS (NPT/NACA) • Project Development and Management Skill – By International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Community Based Natural Resource • Management Programme (IFAD/ CBNRMP) • Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) – (IFAD/CBNRMP) • Proposal Development Techniques – By EU/MPP6 • Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming Techniques – Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the Institute for Gender Studies UI. • HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming Techniques – By Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN) with support from the Global Fund • Palliative Home Based Care for HIV/AIDS Clients – By Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and CiSHAN • Community Tuberculosis DOT – By Christian Association of Nigeria (CHAN) with Support from the Global Fund • Professional Writing Skills –By Edo State Local Government Service Commission • Scenario Building Capacity and Simulation Exercise - By Africa Leadership Forum, (ALF) Ota- Nigeria, 2009. • NNRIMS – DHIS Database Installation Capacity by National Agency for the Control of AIDS. • Tools for the implementation of Niger/Delta Regional Master Plan - NDDC


• Asst. Secretary – Forum of NGOs Edo State 2001 – 2003 • Platoon Leader/ Corps Liaising Officer (NYSC) 2003 – 2004 • Secretary, Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Edo 2005 - Date • Member, Women Fund for Econ. Empowerment C’ttee 2006 – 2007 • Secretary, Environmental Profile Core C’ttee, Edo State 2006– 2007 • Member, Edo State Monitoring Committee for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Programmes 2006– Date • Master Trainer, NYSC Family Life & Comm. Edu Prog. 2006– 2008 • Secretary, National Coalition on Affirmative Action, Edo. 2006-2008 • Facilitator, HIV/AIDS: Edo State Strategic Plan 2006 –2007 • Member, HIV/AIDS: State Strategic Plan Committee 2006– 2007 • Member, Behavioral Change Communication Committee 2008 –Date • Member, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) General Assembly 2009 – Date • Member, Development Board, ActionAid Nigeria 2009– Date • Edo State Coordinator, EU-INSIDE Programme in Nigeria. 2009-Date • Director of Administration, Conference of NGOs, Edo State. . 2010 -Date

My Passions: Ending Poverty in Nigeria and by extention Africa

My Challenges: Networking with Donor Community

My Vision for the Future: To have a State in which the Civil Society will play its primary role of driving development in partnership with the Public and Private Sectors

My Areas of Expertise: Community and Human Capacity Development

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  • Aigbe Austin
    Aug 21, 2010
    Aug 21, 2010

    Brief report of re-sensitization and re-validation of facilitators and Community Development Committee (CDC) in Otutuama and Ophorigbala communities in Delta State by Aigbe Omoruyi GA, AAN.

    Introduction: The Partnership Against Poverty (PAP) is ActionAid Nigeria’s integrated development and community driven programme which recognizes that the fight against poverty can be won through unique partnership between all stakeholders, civil society, public sector and private sector.

    The PAP programme of ActionAid Nigeria is engaging 12 communities in Delta State, all of these are hard to reach communities, with the face of poverty, only 8 of these communities have child sponsorship links, 4 of these communities are currently awaiting been linked.

    Visit Background: The team made up of ActionAid Nigeria where I represented the General Assembly and the partnering Organization (Envirumedic) took off from warri after a briefing meeting at the partners’ office on a 1hr 30mins ride to Okwagbe community, due to bad access road to the PAP community (Otutuama) we had to park the vehicle at Okwagbe community.

    The road leading to the PAP community cannot be access at this time of the season by either a vehicle or a motor cycle (bike) the alternative was to go in by foot, between Okwagbe and Otutuama community, it took the team 1hr 40mins on foot walking (trekking) its was an exciting journey I confess. After the engagement at Otutuama community, the team left for Ophorigbala community, the journey which took 40mins on a motor cycle (bike).

    The 7-member team had to pay over N3, 500 for the Motor cycle ride between Otutuama and Ophorigbala and back to Otutuama before the journey by foot back to Okwagbe community where we had left the vehicle.

    In both communities the following was the resolve: - The role of ActionAid Nigeria vis a vis ActionAid International was brought to the fore, the relationship with Envirumedic and the community was stressed. The need for AAN visibility was the focus - Capacity Building of the Community was stressed, while emphasis was place on RIGHTS. - In Otutuama Community, a total of 100 children are currently expected to be linked for the Child Sponsorship Program, only two members of the CDC are viable, whereas ten members exist. o A ten-member CDC was nominated and affirmed by the community, they comprises five men and five women for equity. o Issues raised by the community members were cleared and specify direction given with the aim of achieving success. o The community agreed to send in their two facilitators (1 male, 1 female) for the first batch of training holding in Warri this month. - In Ophorigbala Community, a total of 137 children are currently expected to be linked with the Child Sponsorship Program. o Information regarding AAN was made available, as community members expressed fear over AAN and Envirumedic work in the community. The CDC and other community members were encouraged to support the process. o The source of funding was cleared with the community, hence the delay with funding for the project.

    Findings: The State of Delta is characterized by indicators of a failed State; the Government of Delta cannot justify the huge resources available from IGR, the Federation account and other sources amounting to billions of naira. The people in these communities are living in a total abandonment from those responsible for their welfare.

    Whereas, government’s major role is to provide social services such as road, water and electricity supply for the good of the people, the case in Delta lack the thinking of the poor. The dwellers are calm and cool, violence is not the preserve of the people, and they live in harmony with one another.

    I commend AAN PAP, the two communities selected in Ughelli South Local Government Area for PAP is worth it, the communities are poverty stricken, the major tenets of necessity (Basic amenities) are far from the dwellers, the major source of income for the people are farming and fishing, the rivers are nothing to write about, crude oil flows on the surface of the waters, farm produce are poor. The children look malnourish and sick.

    Recommendations: - There is the urgent need to quickly facilitate the linking of the children in Otutuama and Ophorigbala. - There is also the urgent need to a high level advocacy to the Delta State Government to immediately mobilize the contractors back to site and complete the access road leading to the communities with over 20, 000 people. - Regular visit by AAN office is advised to keep hope alive in the communities. - Increased sensitization and engagement of the communities is also advised - General Assembly members should utilize this opportunity to familiarize with AAN PAP work most especially. - These communities should be selected for the review team visit for internationalization process.

  • Sunita Basnet
    Aug 21, 2010
    Aug 21, 2010

    Hi there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will find this wonderful plateform to be a positive, and inspiring experience. I would also suggestion you to find like minded people by browsing in the voice raising section. If you have any problem, let us know.

    Welcome again to our global community. I look forward to hearing from you here on PulseWire.

  • Aigbe Austin
    Aug 22, 2010
    Aug 22, 2010

    Dear Sunita,

    i am most delighted to be part of the global community, where voice are heard.

    i look forward to very active participation.

  • Olutosin
    Aug 22, 2010
    Aug 22, 2010

    Dear brother, you are highly welcome here, this is our vibrant online community where we are free to share from personal to global issues, and we report the under reported here, please be free to participate actively!

  • Aigbe Austin
    Aug 22, 2010
    Aug 22, 2010

    My sister,

    I develop interest in women and particularly in Gender development, having worked closely with the Forum of Nigerian Women in Politics (FONWIP) Edo State, am moved with passion to contribute my knowledge to women development.

    Am currently the Secretary of the National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA) a coalition of civil society organization working to domesticate CEDAW in Nigeria.

  • Jennifer Yi
    Dec 03, 2012
    Dec 03, 2012

    Hi Aigbe,

    I just came across you page, and with your background in public service, I thought you might be interested in this opportunity in the United States.

    Travel, accommodation, and meals are paid.

    Deadline to apply is February 1, 2013

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    Kind regards,

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