Democratic Governance for Development

Voters in the 2015 Elections looking for their names on the voters' register (Photo: Andrew Esiebo)Voters in the 2015 Elections looking for their names on the voters' register (Photo: Andrew Esiebo)

The Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project is a multi-partner funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. It is funded with contributions from the European Union (EU), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and UNDP.

The project provides technical and financial support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society organizations, and institutions such as the judiciary, the media, national and state assemblies, and political parties as a means of strengthening accountable and responsive governance institutions, and consolidating democratic governance in line with international best practices.

Support from its development partners enables the project to deliver targeted activities to support the deepening of democracy in Nigeria, through four identified project pillars:

•    Promoting Credible, Transparent and Sustainable Electoral Processes;
•    Improving the Democratic Quality of Political Engagement;
•    Enhancing Participation by Women, Youth and other Marginalized groups;
•    Strengthening Channels of Civic Engagement

What have we accomplished so far

Dignataries at the Opening of the PPLPDCAssembled dignitaries at the opening of the Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre. Photo: UNDP Nigeria

During Phase II, the project has recorded significant accomplishments that have supported broad-based institutional and legal reforms, and capacity enhancement of major democratic institutions and stakeholders in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

•    The DGD II has a strong component of political party support. Among the project achievements is the repositioning of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to serve the dual purpose of strengthening democratic reform and inter-party dialogue within political parties including addressing gender inequality and women’s empowerment and fostering effective management of political parties with the electoral process and meaningful engagement with INEC and other stakeholders. This multiparty forum has contributed immensely to conflict prevention, management and resolution among and within political parties thereby fostering credible and peaceful elections.

•    As a result of DGD’s work in fostering inter-party relations, Nigerian political parties made a joint submission on constitutional and electoral reform to the National Assembly. This represented the first time that opposing political parties had come together to address fundamental constitutional issues that affect them as political parties and the entire democratic process.

•    Under the DGD II, UNDP launched a political party leadership programme under the auspices of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in June 2013. The Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre offers curriculum aimed at providing training and development of political party leaders, including women and youth. A DGD report titled: A Capacity Assessment of Nigerian Political Parties, served as the basis for the establishment of the Centre and its curriculum and is now being used by various stakeholders to inform their interventions toward party development in Nigeria.

•    DGD II has recorded significant progress in its support to INEC, with the publication of the INEC Strategic Plan (2012-2016) and the Programme of Action (2012-2016). The INEC now has a blueprint to guide itself before the 2015 general elections, which ensures support to its ongoing restructuring and institutes mechanisms for accountability in its processes. In line with its plan, INEC has commenced voter registration and production of permanent voter identification cards, which will provide security provisions to address voter fraud

•    The project has led a number of activities to ensure effective implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in Nigeria. A major achievement was reached in 2013 with the development of Nigeria’s first FOI Act website. This site will provide relevant information to promote proactive disclosure and will build knowledge among the public so that they may understand how FOI can be utilized effectively. DGD has also supported the Ministry of Justice to release the National Reporting Guidelines on the FOI Act, which assists Ministries, department and agencies to comply with the provisions of the Act.

•    Through DGD support, women groups participated with a unified voice in the Constitution Review Process. By developing a joint memorandum, these groups established a clear set of demands that addressed specific clauses in the Constitution. They recorded a significant achievement with the inclusion of some of their issues in the House of Representatives and Senate reports. Specific issues included the rights to education, health and housing, and also addressed the issue of ‘indigeneship’ and how it affects the ability of women to hold representational positions in Nigeria.

Who finances it

Year Donor Amount contributed
2012-2015 EU $25million
2012-2015 DFID $10.9million
2012-2015 CIDA $3million
2012-2015 UNDP $12.6million
2013 KOICA $230,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Total Delivery
2012-2013 $12.5million