Civil Society and Politicians meet to synergize efforts in policy formulation

Jul 4, 2013

Joint workshop between politicians and civil society organized by the Democratic Governance for Development project. Photo: UNDP Nigeria

The relationship between Nigerian politicians and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) was further enhanced through a joint workshop on the role of CSOs in the Formulation and Implementation of Public Policies and Programmes held at The Protea Hotel, Abuja.

The conference, which was attended by 50 participants from CSOs and the House of Representatives, was organized by the Democratic Governance for Deveopment (DGD II) project in collaboration with the House Committee on Civil Societies/Donor Agencies.

DGD Project Director Dr. Mourtada Deme speaking at the event stated: “Engagement between civil society and legislators represents an integral element of a vibrant, transparent and informed polity. In particular, Nigeria’s democratic experience since 1999 calls for a coherent partnership that can enhance the progress made in dealing with major challenges such as poverty, corruption, unemployment, poor infrastructure and political instability.”

As a result of the conference, the House Committee on Civil Societies/Donor Agencies and CSOs developed a document that assists in synergizing the work of these two groups in policy formulation and in the oversight of the entire policy process.

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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