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The Federal work stream is designed to strengthen the Federal Government’s support and incentives to States to improve performance. Approach to the Federal work is based on the use of incentives, consensus peer pressure and Knowledge Management to achieve results. We work with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.


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National Steering Committee on SPRM presents the Revised Process and Methodology to Governors 

The National Steering Committee for the State Peer Review Mechanism (SPRM) on January 27, 2016 presented the revised SPRM Process and Methodology to the Governors during the first Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) meeting for the year 2016 which had over 80% of Governors in attendance.

With the addition of 21 new Governors to the NGF, this particular event was a very important step in ensuring the sustainability of SPRM gains, as buy-in from the new governors is a major requirement for the continuous implementation of the SPRM. The presentation highlighted:

  • The usefulness of SPRM as a diagnostic tool;
  • Experience and results achieved in Anambra and Ekiti states which have completed the process;
  • Other states in the process and their current stages which sets the stage for re-engagement;
  • The proposed 2016 SPRM Work Plan and budget; and
  • Prayers from the Steering Committee on the role of Governors in moving the process forward

SPRM ChairmanGovernor Ajimobi

Chairman SPRM National Steering Committee, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais, presenting the Revised Base Document to the NGF Chairman, Governor Abdullaziz Yari during the Launch.  Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Abiola Ajimobi discussing the SPRM tool with members of the Steering Committee 

The event climaxed in the Launch of the Revised SPRM Base Document which currently documents a more efficient, cost-effective and nimble process which states can easily engage with, for the improvement of governance and service delivery in states.  

The NGF Chairman, Governor Abdullaziz Yari of Zamfara State in the Communiqué read out after the meeting, commended the contribution of the Steering Committee in sustaining the SPRM and affirmed the Forum’s resolution to strengthen the Mechanism going forward.

Updated: February 2016

Collaboration extraordinaire: Training of Niger state government officials on the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI)

The Federal teams of SAVI and SPARC in partnership with their state teams organized a 2 day sensitization workshop for high level government officials on the 13th and 14th of August at SAFTEC Hotel Minna, Niger State. 


 Participants in a group photograph

With the passage of the FOI law at the federal level and 4 out of 5 court rulings upholding the law as applicable in states, SAVI deemed it necessary to sensitize both the Civil society (requesters of information) as well as government officials (suppliers of information) in states.

The event was well attended with high level officials; including Permanent Secretaries and directors drawn from the Budget office, ministries of Health, Education, Justice, Finance and procurement MDAs, as well as representatives of civil society.

 Updated September 2015 

MDG Countdown - Evaluating Progress

As 2015 - the target year for the achievement of the MDGs –approaches, it has become pertinent for Nigeria to evaluate its achievements, challenges and lessons learnt in the implementation of the development agenda and to look to the future. In order to support the reform agenda, President Goodluck Jonathan hosted a two-day Presidential Summit organized by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on the MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) in partnership with DFID-SPARC, the United Nations System in Nigeria and the Centre for Law and Socio-Economic Development (CLED).  The event held on August 18 and 19, 2014 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja with the theme: The MDGs and Socio-Economic Transformation in Nigeria: Post 2015 and
. Participants at the Summit included State Governors, Ministers and members of the National Assembly, senior federal and state government officials, Assistant Secretary General and Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning, UN Agencies and Development community, civil society, academia, and the media.

SPARC’s support to OSSAP-MDGs over the years to help fast track progress in achievement of the MDGs has included the:

·         Development of the Countdown Strategy (CDS) that served as Nigeria’s road map for achieving the MDGs by 2015

·         Implementation the CDS state and Local Government tracks

·         Development of the first-ever robust Monitoring & Evaluation framework which has proven to be highly successful in improving project implementation performance

·         Development and management of the Nigeria MDGs Information System (NMIS) which has become the central database for determining project selections and approval for the Local Government track.

Please click here for the full report of the Summit.  

A summary of SPARC's work with federal and national organisations in support of reform in state governments will be posted here and updated on a regular basis. The summary will include our support to partner organisations, recent events and progress with governance initiatives. To read more about good governance initiatives in the country, visit the Nigeria Governors' Forum.

Updated January 2015 


Road show to create awareness on Content Management System

On November 13th 2014, the Content Management System (CMS) road show to states made a stop at Niger State where the NGF team was well received. The road show aimed at creating awareness in states on the potential of the CMS and involved training of relevant officials on operating the system. The event, which took place at the Office of the Head of Service (OHoS) Conference Hall Minna, was fully covered by major Television and Radio stations in the state. It drew the attention of key state dignitaries, including the Head of Service, as well as the top government officials in the cadre of Directors and Permanent Secretaries from the Office of the OHoS, Ministry of Information, Communication and Integration.

The CMS, which is an online resource depository, was designed to provide information on key aspects of governance to all 36 states in Nigeria. Developed with support from SPARC and currently managed by the NGF, the system links all states and key development stakeholders through one network. So far six states have been trained: Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger and Lagos.  Out of the six, three states are actively uploading documents and five are downloading various resources from the CMS. It is envisaged that usage will continue to increase as the NGF continues to stimulate demand for training from other states. 

 Hamidu AA Kadi-Kuta, Head of Service Niger State delivering a keynote address at the event.
Nigeria MDGs Information System (NMIS) Awareness Campaign

On the 15th of December 2014, the OSSAP-MDGs, in close collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), flagged off its awareness campaign for the Nigerian MDGs Information System (NMIS). This event is a follow up to the public launch of the NMIS in August 2014 during the two-day Presidential Summit on MDGs.The NMIS is an inventory system that captures baseline data on a great majority of health and education facilities, as well as water facilities situated within or close to the two sector facilities across the country. It was developed in 2010 by OSSAP-MDGs with technical support from the Earth Institute of Columbia University and SPARC. Until its public launch, the database has been used solely as an internal planning tool for implementing the Conditional Grant Scheme Local Government track.

Plans are also in place to take the campaign train to all the Geo-political zones to further enlighten states and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations (CSOs), on the usefulness of the NMIS for development planning.To better promote the database to the states and other stakeholders such as CSOs, the NMIS was showcased to SAVI, SPARC State Programme Managers as well the Technical Stream Leads for the Policy and Strategy work stream who have provided feedback on its usefulness for state planning and for advocacy by CSOs and areas for further improvement. A brief on the NMIS has also been developed making use of feedback received to aid the understanding of the usefulness of the NMIS to diverse stakeholders.



The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs welcoming stakeholders to
the event.On her left is Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director Policy, United Nations
Millennium Campaign (UNMC), and on her right is Sara Sievers, a representative  
of Earth Institute.

 A cross-section of participants at the retreat.


SPARC is actively involved in coordination activities with other SLPs, development partners and their programmes at the federal level. These activities, and news from our partners will be regularly posted here.

For more information please contact: federal@sparc-nigeria.com

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