Cablegate: Warri Forum On Peace Project

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. STATE 327030
B. ABUJA 1488


1. The Warri Forum on Peace, Security and Human Rights is an
important project of our Mission in Nigeria, and it has
already achieved some successes. One month later than the
original approved proposal, and reported in several e-mails
to DRL, the Field Research and Writing of the Working Paper
Phase 1 of the project was done in August and September 2003,
the Phase 2 Analysis and Planning meeting in Abuja with
leaders of the Warri communities, the oil companies, NGOs,
the Nigerian Government and other stakeholders was October
16, and the Phase 3 Establishment of the Warri Forum
three-day conference in Asaba was November 17-20. In the
absence of funds from DRL, post received funding from other
sources for Phases two and three, and the implementing
organization AAPW did Phase 1 out of its own funds. A
front-channel septel reporting on the three-day conference
will be forthcoming from Consulate General Lagos.

2. The fourth Phase, titled Facilitation of the Warri
Forum's Meetings and including monitoring continued progress
of the Forum, was to be six months from November 2003 to
April 2004. To respond to Ref A, Post requests guidance from
DRL about continuing the Warri Forum program with DRL
funding, for which we see three alternatives:

A. Implementing Phase 4 as per the original proposal and
budget approved by DRL, where the grantee AAPW would
facilitate continuing activities for only six months,
spending USD 7,578.

B. Expanding the project beyond its original
communication/conflict resolution/peacebuilding focus to
tackle root causes of the conflicts in the Warri area per Ref
B, and likely spending close to the USD 50,000 figure in the
original DRL approval.

C. Extending the originally approved project's Phase 4
Facilitation from six months to one year, improving the Warri
Forum's sustainability, with a budget of around USD 14,000.

3. Post recommends Option C. The preliminary budget
breakdown would be:

Honoraria - 2 persons for 36 days at USD 100 per day,
totaling USD 7200.
Lodging - 2 persons for 24 days at USD 40 per day, totaling
USD 1920.
MI&E - 2 persons for 36 days at USD 48 per day, totaling USD
Travel - 1 person for 12 days at USD 115 per day, totaling
USD 1380.

4. If DRL decides on HRDF funding for this option, we will
prepare a grant agreement draft with AAPW, the implementing
organization, per Ref A modified in line with DRL's decision.
Please advise. Please also send an info copy of all cables
and e-mail on this subject to Consulate General Lagos,
slugged for Economic Officer Jeff Mazur, who is now handling
the Corporate Responsibility portfolio for Warri and the rest
of the Delta.

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