New Centre will enhance leadership in Nigeria’s political parties

Jun 26, 2013

Assembled dignataries at the opening of the Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre. Photo: UNDP Nigeria

The ongoing support of the UNDP to Nigerian political parties has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of the Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre (PPLPDC) at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). The event, which took place on June 26 2013, was attended by over 150 people including political leaders, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society organizations and the media.

The Centre, which was developed with the support of the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project, will directly target political parties to strengthen their capacity bring stability, national unity and meaningful participatory democracy to Nigeria’s political system. Political leaders will engage with curriculum, jointly developed by DGD II and NIPSS, which emphasizes the importance of providing comparative perspectives on multi-party democratic systems, units on constitutional law, and materials on interparty democracy, participation of marginalized groups including women and youth, and ethics. The Centre will play a key role in the deepening of democracy in Nigeria, and will empower parties not only in human development, but also in technical and operational advancement.

Speaking on the Centre, DGD Project Director; Dr. Mourtada Deme said “This Centre will open the avenue for political parties to be fully involved in policy, research, sustained learning experiences and opportunities for practical application. It is a welcome development in the days ahead to help parties become effective pro-democratic actors and make the country's democratic institutions stronger.”

The Director General of NIPSS, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said that the centre provides a platform of intervention and exposes the political parties to how to respect their followers and leaders. He also affirmed that the centre will create an enlightenment forum where training will be given on how to build a strong democracy in Nigeria, and Africa.

DGD II is a joint donor funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. The project is funded with contributions from the European Commission (EC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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