Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement.

Fact Sheet | December 18, 2018

SACE used a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach, along with an evidence-based, inclusive methodology to civil society strengthening to promote democratic reforms and good governance.

The Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project was a five-year program funded by USAID and Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND). Implemented by Chemonics International with partner Root Change, SACE strengthened civil society’s ability to work with the government to influence the development and implementation of democratic reforms that improve transparency, accountability, and good governance at the national, state, and local levels in Nigeria. Civil society in Nigeria has demonstrated its potential to serve as a critical change agent, but its progress has been limited by a lack of capacity and resources to effectively participate in Nigeria’s governance ecosystem. Using an innovative accountability ecosystems approach, SACE strengthened the capacity of civil society clusters (comprising a variable mix of civil society organizations, policymakers, donors, and private sector partners) to improve transparency, accountability, and good governance in a range of sectors and issues, such as education, health, extractives, economic growth, and social inclusion.