Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) Deployment

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) has been involved in the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) processes with both Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). These GMOUs have been signed with communities in their operational areas, and NIDPRODEV functions as the implementing NGO. The overall objective of the GMOU process is to build the capacity of the local communities to negotiate with the oil companies for development funding, and then manage the process of choosing and implementing the development projects in their communities.

As a first step, LITE-Africa successfully conducted the Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) in each GMOU community, which is designed to collect information on the assumption that the community development plan should complement the GMoU implementing process. The SLA process solicits community insights on typical community issues, and helps communities begin to take ownership of development decisions. It provides education and opportunities to the community in areas such as planning, use of new information technologies, economic development, environmental concerns, decaying or absent community infrastructures (such as basic services, potable water, electricity, health facilities, landing jetty, reclamation/shore protection, roads, bridges and canals), access to medical services, and recreational opportunities.

LITE-Africa’s role includes active involvement in the implementation process, as well as producing trainings and manuals as needed.

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