The mess oil extraction has caused in the Niger Delta is one of the worst cases of ecocide in the world today. Land, livelihoods and the lives of millions of residents deteriorated or destroyed. To deal with the mess (pollution, illness, poverty, conflict, decimation of livelihoods, low life expectancy, forced migration, corruption etc.) necessitates adequately handling the intractable issues at the root of the problem and solving them. To provide these solutions robustly, we start rigorously with analysing and understanding the basics of the mess first, before strategies, developments and applications are made.

Our areas of Specialisation

The Ethiope Foundation has five main areas of specialisation we focus on in carrying out its aims and work, which are;

1. Governance and institutional policy development;

2. Public health management and environmental health analysis;

3. Gender participation initiatives;

4. Media and community relations development; and

5. Resources extraction mitigation projects.


The Ethiope Foundation is currently undertaking two projects;

1. The Healthy Livelihood Assessment Project (HLAP)

This project which was initiated in February 2012 is focused on developing solutions that will create awareness among affected Niger Delta peoples of the immediate and long-term health risks of ingesting and using hydrocarbon polluted water for general domestic purposes. It also seeks to develop practical cost-effective strategies for providing safe and clean water for the people.

2. The Resource Management Assessment Project (RMAP)

This project is centred on developing a strategy, which will create a resource that provides up-to-date impact assessment on the investments and operations related to oil and gas exploration / extraction activities, and their impacts on the Niger Delta peoples and their land from the perspective of policy / institutional analysis and corporate governance evaluation. This project was initiated in March 2012.

Research Projects

The Ethiope Foundation will be sponsoring a pilot research project that will investigate agency performance based on comparative institution assessment starting in September 2016.