Working with political party members, government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), and constituents in four states of Nigeria, CEPPS strengthens the ability of political parties to develop policies that are responsive to citizen priorities and concerns, improve communication and coordination between party leadership and elected officials, and increase the representation of marginalized groups including women, youth and people with disabilities in political processes.
CEPPS also works to strengthen the capacity of State Houses of Assembly (SHOA) in Adamawa, Bauchi, Sokoto and Ebonyi to respond to citizen priorities by introducing responsive bills and motions, conducting constituent outreach events and overseeing state government programs and functions.
To work toward these objectives, CEPPS is improving opportunities for citizen interaction with political parties and elected SHOA members by facilitating platforms for interaction with citizens such as town hall meetings and radio talk shows. CEPPS promotes increased communication between state- and national-level party leaders to enhance internal party democracy and between state-level party leaders and their elected members to foster a consultative process on party positions, policy formulation and implementation.
CEPPS is also increasing political parties’ access to information and data on citizen priorities through regular state-level public opinion polls and focus group discussions. With intra-party policy proposal workshops, communications trainings and other technical assistance, CEPPS supports political parties to use this data to develop citizen-oriented policy solutions and issue-based election campaigns and to disseminate policy proposals to citizens.
CEPPS Key Achievements in Nigeria:
Elected officials and the constituents they represent benefit from improved communication, in many constituencies constituting the first formal opportunity for engagement:
State-level political parties have increased capacity to develop issue-based policies informed directly by citizens’ service delivery priorities and needs:
More youth, women and PWDs are actively involved in political processes due to increased inclusion and representation for marginalized groups in state-level government and political party leadership: