Nigeria Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme: Engaged Citizens Pillar
2016 – 2021; Nigeria; Palladium
Itad, as part of a consortium led by Palladium, has been awarded the contract for the second pillar of the Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme (PSAGP) in Nigeria, the Engaged Citizens Pillar.
The aim of PSAGP is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria by supporting more effective governance which is accountable and responsive to citizens’ needs. As part of this, Engaged Citizens Pillar aims to enable constituencies to become increasingly effective at influencing governments on selected service delivery and policy issues for the benefit of increasing numbers of Nigerians. DFID will provide up to £100 million between 2016 and 2021 to the overall package of financial support for the PSAGP, which also includes the Accountable, Capable and Responsive Government Pillar and the Learning, Evidence and Influencing Pillar.
Engaged Citizens Pillar will build on the innovative work started under the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI). It will take an adaptive management approach to supporting citizen partnership groups to advocate for change on public policy issues, structuring implementation around regular learning loops which build in windows for reflection and the adaptation of implementation strategies into the programme’s delivery. The programme will work across three levels of government – federal, state and local government and address more politically, contentious issues. It is likely to focus on Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa States as well as have regional operations in the south and conflict affected north east (Borno and Yobe States). It will have a strong gender focus, with gender being mainstreamed across Engaged Citizens Pillar’s activities.
Within the consortium, Itad will lead the design and support the implementation of the programme’s learning and adaptive management approach. This will involve a cycle of structured learning for each of the citizen partnership groups supported and identifying critical indicators and data required to rapidly assess performance and determine whether implementation strategies need to be revised, activity scaled up, or scaled back. To be truly adaptive, programme management systems need to be able to respond to the operational opportunities identified in each of the citizen partnership groups. Itad will therefore work with the Engaged Citizens Pillar team to embed the learning and adaptive management approach into management systems, including the programme’s workplanning and financial planning. We will also contribute to the development of Engaged Citizens Pillar’s results and value for money framework, ensuring that they are fully aligned with the adaptive management approach.
Itad is also a core partner on Engaged Citizens Pillar’s sister programme, the Accountable, Capable and Responsive Government Pillar. The two programmes are expected to connect citizen and government reform action and have some shared objectives. Itad will act as a key bridge between the two programmes, facilitating joint working.
Experience of applying adaptive management practices in the field is still in its infancy. Engaged Citizens Pillar represents an important opportunity to innovate in this area. Itad, and its partners, will be at the forefront of doing so, and we expect to share lessons from this experience with the development community.
We are providing a high calibre team of international consultants with significant experience in monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management, citizen empowerment, government accountability, value for money, and the Nigerian context.
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