Pro-Natura International Nigeria (PNI Nigeria) is a community development organisation that works to reduce poverty and build capacity for sustainable development. Throughout their work, PNI Nigeria uses a participatory approach so that local communities can assess their own needs, plan projects and monitor their implementation.
PNI Nigeria works throughout Nigeria, but mainly in the Niger Delta where they have built peacebuilding into their work because of the conflict in this region. In the Niger Delta they have had noted successes in their work with the Akassa clan, where the community-led approach has meant that the clan's area was noticeably more peaceful than other parts of the delta. In the words of PNI Nigeria, "The programme builds peace because Statoil allows the communities to decide how, where and for what priorities the funding available should be spent on”. The work with Akassa clan was funded by the Statoil company and gained wider funding from bodies such as the UNDP, as well as other NGOs and oil companies. Indeed, the work was so successful it became known as the ‘Akassa model’.
PNI Nigeria was founded in 1997, and now has 4 offices throughout Nigeria. It is part of the Pro-Natura International Network.