Building the Capacity of Nigeria's Political Parties: UNDP DGD II and NIPSS Launch New Centre

Jun 25, 2013

Abuja Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – To strengthen the capacity of political parties in Nigeria, the UNDP- Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD II) in collaboration with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) is pleased to announce the launch of “The Political Party Leadership and Policy Development Centre” on Wednesday, June 26, 2013; at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, from 9:am.

The formal commissioning will be done by the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Mohammed Namadi Sambo.
Supported by the DGD II project, the Centre will directly target political parties to strengthen their capacity to 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 II 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.”

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). The project provides technical and financial support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, 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.
Contact informationName: Blaise Murphet
Title: Communications Specialist
Email: blaise.murphet@undp.org

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