The Community Coalition for Peace and the Promotion of Living Together (COPAVE) conducted a study in Cote d’Ivoire, assessing the successes and deficits of the Ivoirian amnesty and DDR program and the reconciliation program implemented following the country’s civil war in 2007 and post-electoral crisis in 2011 Building on these achievements, COPAVE implemented a capacity building training for CSOs and government representatives, focusing on the necessary tools and techniques of identifying, analyzing, and addressing the issue of R&R in Diffa. To this end, COPAVE developed a new tool “ARREC” (Tree of Insertion and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants), bringing together a variety of tools relating to communication techniques and leadership that can be utilized in R&R.


  • Learning and adopting research in Cote d’Ivoire “how to better conduct a good process of R&R” Jun 2017
  • Follow up activity directed to Niger CSOs and Government Institutions “How Cote D’Ivoire succeeded their process of reconciliation in their context and how Niger could copy from Cote d’Ivoire in the context and reality of Niger” February 2018
  • Capacity building workshop directed to CSOs and Government institutions “training on tools and technic of communications and leadership” May 2018






For over five years, Harouna Abdoulaye has led local efforts to confront violent extremism through peacebuilding projects and programs that inspire youth to take action. He is currently implementing the Voices for Peace (V4P) activity. V4P is a West African regional project designed to build local community resilience to violent extremism (VE) narratives by tapping into a vast array of local actors and resources, including community radio stations, civil society actors, young influencers, and community leaders from various ethnic and social backgrounds.

Regional Program Manager - Far North

Dr. Akilu is the Executive Director of Neem Foundation. She is a trained psychology wit over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and psychology. She has taught and authored research papers relating to homelessness, ethnicity and its relationship with mental health. Dr. Akilu holds a Masters Degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading (UK), and has worked as an Adjunct Professor of General Psychology at Broome Community College (USA) for over 12 years.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Hurera Atta is the Assistant Executive Director and Head of Education at Neem Foundation. A devoted advocate of human rights, civil liberties, and education – especially for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds – Mrs. Atta has built a legal and corporate career spanning over 25 years. As a lawyer, she handled high-profile and controversial human rights cases, representing young at-risk women. In her capacity as General Manager at Allan Woods Limited, she oversaw and spearheaded the development of the educational institution to bridge the gap in the area of professional development for Nigerian professionals.



Project Officer – Far North

Dr. Abiye M. Iruayenema is an expert sociocognitive research psychologist and strategic communications specialist. He is currently heads a mobile counselling and preventing violent extremism (PVE) initiative, which offers counselling in hard-to-reach traumatized communities in Maiduguri, Borno State. As an experienced academic and researcher, Dr. Iruayenama created vulnerability and needs assessments tools used for a UNICEF funded rehabilitation and reintegration programme for 1,500 Children Associated with Armed Groups. He has delivered several trainings revolving around self-care for humanitarian aid workers, social and emotional learning, as well as addressing psychological trauma in conflict zones.


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