In 2017, the MacArthur Foundation supported the Centre on the project tagged ‘Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the governance process through the implementation of the Open Government Partnership in Nigeria. The project focused essentially on opening the governance space for Citizens voices and inputs in the process and to make government responsive to citizens.
This was implemented leveraging on a fourteen-point commitment, known as the National Action Plan, which laid out the pathway for fulfilling Nigeria’s obligations on the OGP- covering fiscal transparency, access to information, anti-corruption, and citizens’ engagement. The ultimate result the Centre set out to achieve was to improve accountability standards and contribute to reduction in corruption risk and exposure in public sector operations. The intervention led to to a lot of successes.
The new project “promoting accountability in Nigeria through engagement and implementation of the open government partnership (OGP) II” is borne out of the need to institutionalize and sustain the OGP in Nigeria and consolidate on the successes recorded in the pilot project. The project basically proposes strengthening of the legal framework and institutional support for the open government partnership in Nigeria. It will draw on lessons from the previous award and the recommendations of the Independent Reporting Mechanism; an evaluation system that ranks progress of national actions plans of OGP implementing countries. Nigeria’s implementation of the OGP through the 14 commitments of the first national plan achieved amongst others the following; Open and participatory budget process that culminated in increased allocation for the development of critical infrastructure; Open and transparent contracting process through the establishment of the NOCOPO portal; Improved transparency and accountability on assets recovery, management and monitoring; Improved compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and proactive disclosure of information by agencies; Facilitated the culture of openness in the governance process by the development of a dialogue mechanism between government and citizens; and increased sub-national engagement and participation in the OGP process in Nigeria. Despite these successes, opportunities for deepening and mainstreaming the successes abound. And with just about 17 States out of 36 signed up to the OGP, the need to deepen the engagement and ensure that more states embrace and sign up, and also advocate for the strengthening of the legal framework and institutional support for the open government partnership in Nigeria is crucial. The Independent Reporting Mechanism report 2017 – 2019, in one of its key recommendation, reinforced the emphasis on strengthening the legal reform framework and institutional support for OGP in Nigeria. In addition, the emphasis on inclusion in the new action plan presents a veritable opportunity to mobilize citizens to participate in the governance process to ensure no one is left behind in line with the dictates of the sustainable development goals.
Promoting accountability in Nigeria through engagement and implementation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) II
The envisaged outcome of the project include;
The project is implemented by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD), a non-profit, non-governmental organization established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa. The Centre’s mission is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society.
The Project is funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Nigeria occupies a special place in Africa and in global affairs. It is Africa’s largest economy and 26th in the world. Nigeria has the potential to become a major player in the global economy. What advocacy strategy are you employing to move Nigeria forward?
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The OGP Lead at Centre LSD speaks on “How The Open Government Partnership Initiative is Aiding the Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria” in commemoration of the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day: #UniteAgainstCorruption.