The Centre Social Transformation and Human Development and was formed in August 2005 to coordinate the ‘protect our future project’. The aim is to coordinate and support a programme of social transformation and human development in Nigeria. The centre organises constant training for stakeholders on various aspects of human development & social transformation, this include: conflict resolution, peace education, democracy, environmental and human rights.
Organisational Status The organisation was registered in 2005 with the Rivers State Government as an NGO involved in Development and Social Work. The registration Number is MYEE/YD/20/5175. Thereafter it applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission and was registered as a Not for Profit organisation limited by guarantee in July 2008. The registration number is: Rc 759470. With the following Board of Directors:
- Rev Fr. Polycarp Henetu – Executive Director
- Dr. P.C. Emelue
- Dr. Mrs Chika Asuro
- Dr. (Mrs) Betty-Ruth Ngoizi Iroluh
- Barrister Jude Agbanu – Board Secretary
- Mr. Imoh Colins Edozie – Technical Adviser
- Mr. Austin Onuoha
Board of Advisers:
- Prof Ike Obiora – CIDJAP, Enugu, Nigeria
- Prof Gavriel Salomon – University of Haifa, Isreal
- Prof Dale Snauwaert – University of Toledo, USA
- Dr. Nina Meyerhof – Children of the Earth, USA
- Dr. Roberto Bahruth – Boise State University, USA
Core Values: CHDST aims to conduct all of its operations in accordance with its guiding values which steer its activities, programs, and operations: Justice, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, Peace, and Democracy.
(a) Train stakeholders in social transformation (peace building, environment, citizens participation, democracy, etc) and human development
(b) Promote an awareness and interest in the common good by collaborating and empowering collective responsible leadership.
(c) Provide training and capacity building on peace education (peace building and conflict transformation)
(d) Train and empower communities and marginalised groups as well as other stakeholders to make democratic decisions for themselves, such as electing their own leaders and holding elected leaders accountable.
(e) Build Capacity of communities on democracy, development & peace building
(f) Provide training on various aspects that will enhance development in the community.
(g) Use the media as a tool for development and enhancing public participation.
(h) Publish publications on peace education, citizen’s participation, democracy, good governance and environment to be adopted for use in the country.
(i) Create awareness on a democratic and a culture of peace among youths, women, marginalised groups and other stakeholders.
(j) Hold training sessions for youths, women, marginalised groups and other stakeholders to imbibe leadership and a culture of peace.
(k) Research into public participation, democracy, conflict and peace building.
(l) Collaborate with other organisations to achieve our objectives.
(m) Organise events in the area of human development & Social Transformation.