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The original strategic approach of the Trust in 2017 was a focus on supporting local community-based organizations to implement projects in any of the seven thematic funding areas of the Trust. It was understood and appreciated that funding projects in a conflict-prone area to promote community development and other activities that support sustained economic development is a complex exercise with high risks, and hence, the need to work with local community-based organizations with the support of small grants to increase capacity and minimize risks.
In conceptualizing the Trust’s work with local community-based organizations, the Trust worked with a local Advisory Council made up of predominately Ogoni representatives and seasoned development practitioners to identify organizations and make funding recommendations to the Trustees of the Kiisi Trust. The Council met quarterly to review funding dockets, and as part of their work in discharging their responsibilities, met with Ogoni community representatives and stakeholders to discuss the work of the Trust. Between 2017
and 2020, the Advisory Council reviewed and debated over 64 grant applications and ultimately recommended 35 of those funding applications. Those funded projects resulted in impacting 30,861 beneficiaries in 68 communities across the 4 local government areas of Ogoniland. The Trust supports projects in seven thematic areas: agriculture, women’s programs, peacebuilding, education, governance, health, youth skills development/SME.
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Grantmaking for the Kiisi Trust officially began in early 2018, after the inaugural Advisory Council gave their first grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees in December 2017. Currently, the Kiisi Trust gives out small grants of less than $10,000 in 7 thematic areas (peacebuilding, health, education/ adult literacy, youth skills development/ SME support, women’s programs, agriculture/ environmental rights, and governance/voice/ accountability). Projects are a minimum of six-months and a maximum of 12-months, depending on the project activities and objectives. Grant cycles are administered twice during the fiscal year (April – March), with a grantees’ forum conducted at the end of each grant cycle that officially signals the start of funded projects in that cycle.
The Kiisi Trust Fund wishes to announce the appointment of Barrister Lemea Ngbor-Abina, a member of the Trust’ Advisory Council, into the Rivers State Judiciary as a Judge by the Executive Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike on the 7th of January 2020.
Barrister Lemea Ngbor-Abina is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with over 16 years at the Bar. As a lawyer, she has held various portfolios on several projects and has also provided legal advisory services to many local and international clients including Shell, Total, Cadbury, Starwoods Groups, Bank PHB, UBA, Access Bank amongst others.