For decades, poverty reduction strategies in the Niger Delta have tended to focus on the oil and gas sector with the assumption that it will create new jobs, increase income and improve social services to the teeming population in the region. The growth dynamics in the Niger Delta region have been anchored on the existence and exploitation of natural resources. There is empirical evidence to show that traditional approaches to poverty reduction have not resulted into sustained improvements, income and employment for the people of the region.
The 2012 Niger Delta Development Forum is intended to serve as a platform to improve understanding and generate interest in the approaches, strategies, and partnerships that can enable systemic changes for poverty reduction and equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta.
The forum will present unique paradigm shifts that seek to make new strides in poverty reduction. These paradigm shifts are built on innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships and a facilitative approach; which can play a catalytic role in increasing income and employment opportunities for local enterprises, small businesses and resource poor households.