Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Track The Conflict
Explain your project in details:
Tract The Conflict (TTC) is a project seeking to gather, analyze and sustain conflict related data for positive peace building. TTC shall follow the conflict, collate raw data, monitor conflict developments and make projections in form of early warning signals to avert crisis. Our aim is to document conflict situations in local communities in all 774 local government areas of Nigeria and attempt to provide specific recommendation to improve its management and eventual resolution. TTC data shall be used to identify conflict pattern in all local governments, which can be used for gradual resolution and eventual transformation. The TTC shall be used to collate information about ethnic and religious composition of people living in a particular local government, nature of previous violent conflict, frequency of conflict etc. We also seek to engage local authorities to give account of their intervention in previous conflicts, so as to assess their approaches, methods of intervention and its general effectiveness. TTC shall also be useful in ensuring intervention transparency and to enable the development of effective early warning signals. The data gathered from TTC shall be used to create a crisis alert software application, which shall predict possible outbreak of conflict in a given area as well as give recommendation for intervention. Additionally, through the TTC, an independent peace structure shall be created to promptly respond to conflict situation before they turn violent.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The impact of our peace building work cannot be quantified in numbers because our work is mostly research and advocacy based and its effect is far reaching on human centered sustainable development. Our emergency advocacy response against the inciting hate song in Northern Nigeria saved the country from a major crisis that would have claimed several lives and possibly leads to civil war. Our prompt response to the crisis at Ife town in Osun State helped halt the escalation of violence that reportedly claimed almost 10 lives and provided clear direction for timely intervention by government. Our fact finding mission to Southern Kaduna, apart from the findings and recommendation which could help prevent future crisis, we also provided relief materials to more than 100 victims of the crisis living at the IDP camp in Kagoro community. Our anti suicide bombing campaign in North East Nigeria is very significant because it helped educate many young people against the misinformation of Boko Haram terrorist group. Our recently unveiled Nigeria Peace Index research is gradually influencing narrative of peace communication. The research is forcing an indicator based peace building narrative to address root causes, while putting public peace at the heart of decision making.
Sustainability and future plans
Sustainable development can only exist in a peaceful atmosphere and with the function of Track The Conflict is to create a violent free atmosphere to ensure peace and sustainable development. This project is not profit oriented and the only source of funding model we intend to pursue is grant. However, we are also mindful of partnership with research agencies, think tanks groups and institutions that could be attracted with this idea. We believe that partnership with other such organizations will help ensure growth and sustainability.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Abdulrazaq O Hamzat is a transformational peace professional, vibrant youth leader, diplomatic human rights advocate, critical policy analyst, liberal author, diligent researcher, social media enthusiast and an initiative creator. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the acclaim National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Born in 1987 at the ancient city of Kano, Abdulrazaq headed the Nigerian Mission for International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) as its Nigerian Ambassador between 2011-2015 and in December 2015, he was elevated to double as Under Secretary General for the organization before resigning to begin the operation of Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) in January 2016. While at the National Open University of Nigeria, Abdulrazaq served as the founding National President of Congress of Noun Students (CONS), a student association representing interest of Open University students across the 36 states of the federation. He also Co-founded the Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Students Association (PESCORSA). Abdulrazaq is also a Co- Convener at the Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) and a founding member in several youth led Civil Society Organizations, Columnist for several online newspapers, contributor to several national newspapers and Managing Director at Grand Plan Enterprise, a Media, Research and Business Development firm. He is currently the Executive Director of Foundation for Peace Professionals and a researcher at the Bresson AS Limited, an independent power generation company. He is motivated by the need to impact human well being in a violent free society. Won the Award of Excellence by International Human Rights Commission in 2012 and Inducted into the Nigerian Youth Hall of Fame in 2013