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    The organisation Accountability Lab was founded in early 2012 as an effort to work with young people to develop new ideas for accountability, transparency and open government. It has evolved into a global network of local chapters of Accountability Labs that are finding new ways to shift societal norms, solve intractable challenges and build “unlikely networks” for change.

    Its vision is a world in which citizens are active, leaders are responsible and institutions are accountable. This is a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly and people lead secure lives. Its mission is, therefore, to make governance work for people through supporting active citizens, responsible leaders and accountable institutions.

    For this Sudden Opportunity project, Accountability Lab Nigeria is working with:

    • Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI),
    • Progressive Impact Organization (PRIMORG),
    • Open Government Partnership Nigeria
    • Open Alliance Network
    • Fitila Africa
    • Global Rights and
    • African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)
    • Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ)
    • Organisation

      The organisation Accountability Lab was founded in early 2012 as an effort to work with young people to develop new ideas for accountability, transparency and open government. It has evolved into a global network of local chapters of Accountability Labs that are finding new ways to shift societal norms, solve intractable challenges and build “unlikely networks” for change.

      Its vision is a world in which citizens are active, leaders are responsible and institutions are accountable. This is a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly and people lead secure lives. Its mission is, therefore, to make governance work for people through supporting active citizens, responsible leaders and accountable institutions.

      For this Sudden Opportunity project, Accountability Lab Nigeria is working with:

      • Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI),
      • Progressive Impact Organization (PRIMORG),
      • Open Government Partnership Nigeria
      • Open Alliance Network
      • Fitila Africa
      • Global Rights and
      • African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)
      • Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ)
    • Project

      With the project called Building Inclusion in Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership, Accountability Lab and its partners want to improve responsiveness and accountability of governance through the Open Government Partnership (OGP), particularly the gender and inclusion commitment in the Nigerian 2nd National Action plan (2019 – 2021). They are working with Open Government Partnership Nigeria to ensure meaningful participation of young people, women and persons with disabilities in governance processes across the country. They believe that the OGP co-creation process- in conjunction with their CivActs work- can better ensure equity and inclusion, which will strengthen Nigeria over time.

      This project builds on ALAB’s Civic Action teams (CivActs) project to ensure the voices of communities (women, youth, people with disabilities, and ethnic minority/ Indigenous groups, etc.) are heard on accountability issues. CivActs is keen on collecing critical information from communities to solve daily problems for marginalised citizens, close the loop on challenges, and create tools that strengthen communities’ ability to self-advocate

      A case study for the OGP engagement in this project is the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). The extractive industry is the only major revenue generating sector in Nigeria, thus Nigeria’s common wealth relies heavily on this sector. To ensure equal distribution of Nigerian common wealth, this project has therefore decided to focus on NEITI.

      To achieve this, they have proposed this overall goal:

      To equip communities, and marginalised groups in particular, who are affected by a lack of accountability in the extractives sector with useful citizen-generated data for self-advocacy, and disseminate accurate information to engage a broad audience, and create multi-stakeholder spaces that foster trust-building and solutions-driven dialogue

      With these 2 objectives to guide them in achieving the goal:

      • To empower marginalised groups through multi-stakeholder dialogues and townhall engagements with public officials in 3 OGP states (Imo, Delta, and Edo) and generate constant feedback to government officials and concerned companies to meet obligations to the communities
      • Increase meaningful participation and strengthen the voice of young people, women and other persons with disabilities in governance processes by providing simplified and inclusive information around open governance (such as fiscal transparency e.g. NEITI 2017 Audit Report, etc.) through street vibes, music, infographics and monthly tweet chats.

      They are also looking at 2 broad activity areas to enable them achieve these objectives;

      Activity I: Sensitising communities and generating dialogue on transparency in communities affected by extraction, and enabling citizens to participate in decision-making processes. Under this activity line, they will be taking the following :

      • Training local community members on inclusion, fiscal transparency & community advocacy,
      • Approval, implementation and collective monitoring of agreements and obligations around the NEITI report recommendations as it affects their communities.
      • Mobilisation of local journalists as information channels to collect information through their work and disseminating through their media outlets, tapping into their local networks and relationships with government and local businesses to push for reforms.
      • Citizen-generated data using KoboToolbox (an open data information collection app that facilitates real-time data synthesis), to understand the key priorities for excluded citizens and provide a shared set of perspectives and information that can be used as a basis for discussion as part of multi-stakeholder dialogues
      • Multi-stakeholder dialogues: through radio talk shows and town hall meetings with community members, power holders and relevant government officials.
      • Contextualised outreach–  infographics in pidgin English, monthly tweetchats, radio jingles with simple catchy messages and information played on local community radio to reach a broad cross-section of community members.

      Activity II: Outreach and Engagement

      The activity translates the NEITI report content in creative ways using film, music and infographics to help young people and marginalised groups understand it better. Thus this activity line is looking at Music campaigns and a film festival.

       

  • Project

    With the project called Building Inclusion in Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership, Accountability Lab and its partners want to improve responsiveness and accountability of governance through the Open Government Partnership (OGP), particularly the gender and inclusion commitment in the Nigerian 2nd National Action plan (2019 – 2021). They are working with Open Government Partnership Nigeria to ensure meaningful participation of young people, women and persons with disabilities in governance processes across the country. They believe that the OGP co-creation process- in conjunction with their CivActs work- can better ensure equity and inclusion, which will strengthen Nigeria over time.

    This project builds on ALAB’s Civic Action teams (CivActs) project to ensure the voices of communities (women, youth, people with disabilities, and ethnic minority/ Indigenous groups, etc.) are heard on accountability issues. CivActs is keen on collecing critical information from communities to solve daily problems for marginalised citizens, close the loop on challenges, and create tools that strengthen communities’ ability to self-advocate

    A case study for the OGP engagement in this project is the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). The extractive industry is the only major revenue generating sector in Nigeria, thus Nigeria’s common wealth relies heavily on this sector. To ensure equal distribution of Nigerian common wealth, this project has therefore decided to focus on NEITI.

    To achieve this, they have proposed this overall goal:

    To equip communities, and marginalised groups in particular, who are affected by a lack of accountability in the extractives sector with useful citizen-generated data for self-advocacy, and disseminate accurate information to engage a broad audience, and create multi-stakeholder spaces that foster trust-building and solutions-driven dialogue

    With these 2 objectives to guide them in achieving the goal:

    • To empower marginalised groups through multi-stakeholder dialogues and townhall engagements with public officials in 3 OGP states (Imo, Delta, and Edo) and generate constant feedback to government officials and concerned companies to meet obligations to the communities
    • Increase meaningful participation and strengthen the voice of young people, women and other persons with disabilities in governance processes by providing simplified and inclusive information around open governance (such as fiscal transparency e.g. NEITI 2017 Audit Report, etc.) through street vibes, music, infographics and monthly tweet chats.

    They are also looking at 2 broad activity areas to enable them achieve these objectives;

    Activity I: Sensitising communities and generating dialogue on transparency in communities affected by extraction, and enabling citizens to participate in decision-making processes. Under this activity line, they will be taking the following :

    • Training local community members on inclusion, fiscal transparency & community advocacy,
    • Approval, implementation and collective monitoring of agreements and obligations around the NEITI report recommendations as it affects their communities.
    • Mobilisation of local journalists as information channels to collect information through their work and disseminating through their media outlets, tapping into their local networks and relationships with government and local businesses to push for reforms.
    • Citizen-generated data using KoboToolbox (an open data information collection app that facilitates real-time data synthesis), to understand the key priorities for excluded citizens and provide a shared set of perspectives and information that can be used as a basis for discussion as part of multi-stakeholder dialogues
    • Multi-stakeholder dialogues: through radio talk shows and town hall meetings with community members, power holders and relevant government officials.
    • Contextualised outreach–  infographics in pidgin English, monthly tweetchats, radio jingles with simple catchy messages and information played on local community radio to reach a broad cross-section of community members.

    Activity II: Outreach and Engagement

    The activity translates the NEITI report content in creative ways using film, music and infographics to help young people and marginalised groups understand it better. Thus this activity line is looking at Music campaigns and a film festival.

     

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