In the past ten years of its democratic rule, Nigeria has experienced some major steps in initiating a political, social and economic reform process. Both public health and pension scheme have been implemented, tax reforms are under way to make the Federal and State Governments more independent from oil revenue, the revolution in the telecommunication sector improved the livelihood of millions of people in both rural and urban areas. With the contribution of the civil society, the Government was able to introduce a medium-term expenditure framework, to improve public procurement procedures and to establish a budget transparency office. The Foundation actively supported its partners to contribute to the development of these processes.
Despite all these efforts, lack of transparency and accountability, which weaken the capacity of political institutions as regulatory agencies for development, are still a major concern for all Nigerian citizens. This problem is further deepened by their inability to obtain reliable information from their government and public servants and to fully participate in political decision making.
The Good Governance and Popular Participation program continues to emphasize on awareness and capacities building of civil society and parliamentarians at state level. It supports the collective efforts of the civil society, policy makers and legislators to develop pro-poor and gender-sensitive economic policies and to monitor their implementation. We support activities like town hall meetings; research on key sectors of government reforms; training on legislative and oversight functions of the legislators.