Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Susal Stebbin Collins

Second Advisor

Mohktar Bouba


This study evaluated the northern Nigerian Countering Violent Extremism project. Employing the theory of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) as the overarching framework, it sought to inquire the extent of localism in the design of the project vis-à-vis project outcomes. The import of PLA theory stems from its emphasis on the use of bottom-up approach in project management, while de-emphasizing the top-down approach and hence its relevance in this study.

The frameworks of phenomenography and ethnomethodology were adopted to decide data collection methods and design of their contents. These methods included two in-depth interviews, two focus group discussions and observation of participants. The use of multiple sources of data collection or triangulation was to enhance validity and reliability by way of cross-referencing. Research participants included primary and secondary stakeholders in the project.

Findings showed, although the project recorded some positive outcomes, they were however mismatched with the actual needs of the youths, thus indicating a lack of participation in the design of the project.


Anthropology | International and Area Studies | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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