A thriving Nigeria—with rich natural resources, young and growing population, and continental leadership—is the dream of the nation’s citizens. Yet corruption, impunity, and lack of accountability have posed major governance challenges in the country, with far-reaching impacts on development and Nigeria’s well-being.
The 2015 general elections opened a window of opportunity for MacArthur Foundation to support Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts. In collaboration with stakeholders from civil society organisations, government, and academia, the foundation developed a strategy to reduce corruption on multiple levels and improve quality of life for Nigerians.
Our Approach: The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre was commissioned by MacArthur Foundation to track the utilization of Universal Basic Education (UBE) counterpart funds in selected Lagos state schools across nine local government areas (Alimosho, Ifako Ijaiye, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Oshodi, Isolo, Epe, Badagry, Lagos Mainland and Shomolu). We also provided technical capacity building support to the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in Ogun state, and collaborated with the . the Ogun HGSFP Support Group, to improve accountability and transparency in the delivery of the HGSFP in Ogun state.
Result: Increased citizen awareness about entitlements, government funds, and processes related to basic education financing, and improved governmental and citizen-led monitoring of the delivery of promised goods and services to schools in the target states.