PAST/CURRENT LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AND CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECTS
1. Budget Process by Civil Society for Members of the National and State Assemblies, Abia State: Sept-Nov 2005 (European Union-EU)
A training workshop was held in Aba, Abia State for State and National Assembly members with the aim to strengthen the conceptual and comparative skills surrounding budgeting in Nigeria. CISLAC, in conjunction with the European Union, deepened legislative understanding of the budget process in Nigeria and enhanced democratic provisions by providing ways to make room for civil society intervention in budget policy, practices, and oversight.
2. Budget Training for Legislature in Minna, Niger State/Capacity Building on Budget Training for Support Staff of Finance and Appropriations in Kaduna: Nov-Dec 2005 (British Council/Heinrich Boll Foundation-HBF)
CISLAC organized training sessions on budget policy in Niger State for the National Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Finance, and Women Affairs. The workshop chiefly sought to train the support staff of the National Assembly Committees, the individuals who are essentially hired to advise members on policy matters. CISLAC carried out similar interactive sessions in Kaduna State where they provided training and support for legislative aides on budget processes. The project focused on the training of legislative aides to legislators on Finance and Appropriations Committees in Kaduna.
3. Policy Advocacy Training workshop for NGOs working on Health and reproductive health on the crises of maternal mortality in Nigeria – February 13 – 18, 2006 (Women in Media and Population Leadership Program of the University of Washington, USA)
This was aimed at providing skill for NGOs working on Health and reproductive health and draw the legislator’s attention on the crises of maternal mortality in Nigeria
4. Multi-stakeholders Session on Public Procurement – March 5 – 8, 2006 (Nigeria Restructured Economic Framework for Openness, Reform and Macroeconomic Stability (REFORMS) (USAID)
CISLAC organized a three-day Stakeholders’ Forum on the Public Procurement Bill with the aim of sensitising stakeholders and advocate for their inputs into the Public Procurement Bill (PPB)
5. The Role of civil society organisations in public procurement reform – July 19, 2006 (USAID)
Sensitisation and mobilisation of CSOs input into the Public Procurement Bill
6. National Seminar on the Legislature and Democracy, Abuja: Feb 2006 (Canadian High Commission-CHC)
CISLAC facilitated this seminar with the aim to make the National Assembly more assertive, autonomous, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian electorate. Over thirty individuals partook in the seminar, mainly elected representatives, local and international development bodies, and journalists. Participants discussed the roles of the Legislature, its past and current weaknesses, and ways in which it can improve its standing with civil society. As Honourable Uche Onyeagucha remarked, “most legislators came in with forged credentials, manipulated election results, and are ultimately disconnected from the people”. While ordinary Nigerians are removed from accessing the National Assembly and its members, the legislature remains subservient to the personal and power interests of the presidency and his reluctance to partner with civil society. The forum was thus designed to enlighten members on how to operate effectively alongside the executive and remain responsive to the people.
7. Stakeholders Forum on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Abuja: April 2nd, 2006 (Pact Nigeria)
CISLAC organised a stakeholder’s forum at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja on the fiscal responsibility bill, which was presented to the Federal Government at a two-day meeting planned by it between April 13 – 14, 2006 on the matter. The aim was to mobilise popular support and participation in the debate to enhance the passage of the fiscal responsibility bill in order to bring about fiscal discipline.
8. Media roundtable on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Lagos: 15th to 17th, May 2006
The roundtable was organised to impress on the media the need to keep issues related to the Fiscal Responsibility bill on the front burner through continuous publicity and enlightenment.
9. Civil Society – Legislative Dialogue on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Kaduna: June 3rd, 2006 (Pact Nigeria)
CISLAC organised a one-day civil Society-Legislative Dialogue on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2006 in collaboration with the House of Representatives Committees on Appropriations and Finance. There were five (5) paper presentations on diverse issues relating to the draft legislation by scholars from the government, civil society organisations, the academia and the media. The programme had 75 participants in attendance which includes members of the House of Representatives committees on Appropriation, Finance, National Planning and Justice as well as development experts, heads of NGOs, support staff of the National Assembly and many journalists.
10. Engagement of Stakeholders on the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Bill passed by the National Assembly Lagos/National Stakeholders’ Forum on EITI Implementation in Nigeria, Abuja: 2006-2007 (PACT Nigeria & Oxfam GB)
CISLAC organised dialogue sessions between Civil Society Organisations and Federal legislators to exchange ideas and concerns regarding the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Bill being passed by the National Assembly. A Civil Society media interactive session was also held to create space between civil society and the legislature on the NEITI Bill (June 29, 2006; Port Harcourt). In the same period, CISLAC prepared a National Stakeholders’ Forum on EITI implementation in Nigeria to enable stakeholders to brainstorm on issues relating to the implementation of the Act (July 25, 2006; Jos). Participants included CSOs, extractive companies and communities, MDAs, the legislature, and media. The forum outlined challenges and strategies in overcoming obstacles in order to pave way for compliance and effective implementation.
11. Building Civil Society Capacity for Effective Project Management, Gender Mainstreaming and Electoral Reforms through Advocacy and Lobbying of Government – March 2006 to February 2007
The project sought to promote institutional independence of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission through Civil Society advocacy. Some result achieved included: Advocacy at the National and State Assemblies for the promulgation of human rights and people oriented legislation; assisted in mediating and resolving disputes arising within the electoral process; engaged in programmes that will strengthen the legal system and guarantee a free and independent judiciary and other democratic institutions; networked with groups and associations with similar goals and objectives
12. Promoting Civil Society participation & observation towards the 2007 elections – December 2006 to July 2007
The project increased transparency of the electoral process leading up to the 2007 elections and increased participation of Nigerians in each stage of the electoral process. It also led to an increased participation of women, ethnic minorities, youths and people with disabilities in all strands of the electoral process.
13. Strengthening Civil Society Intervention in the Legislative Process – September 2006 to August 2007 – Pact-Nigeria
To engage the National Assembly on some Transparency and Accountability Bills for Passage in Laws.
14. CSOs/Legislature Dialogue with the National Assembly Harmonisation Committee on the NEITI Bill – April 11th, 2007 – OXFAM GB
This was in the context of the appearance of certain clauses in the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Bill as passed by the National Assembly by which in the opinion of a critical mass in Nigeria, have the potential to defeat the entire essence of the transparency campaign in the extractive industry. The event has 28 participants in attendance comprising the civil society activists, legislators, legislative staff, funders, heads of NGOs, media practitioners and academics.
15. National Stakeholders’ Forum on EITI Implementation in Nigeria–April 2007–OXFAM GB
To enable stakeholders brainstorm on issues relating to the implementation of the Act. The forum will also outline possible challenges and map out strategies of overcoming such, to pave way for compliance and effective implementation. Participants will be drawn from CSOs, extractive companies and communities, MDAs, the legislature and media.
16. Training on Enhancing the Oversight Role of the Legislators on NEITI Audit Process – April – June 2007 (OXFAM GB)
This was organised to so as to develop and put mechanisms of legislative oversight to effective use.
17. Training Workshop for Civil Society Organisations on their Oversight Role in the Extractive Industry’s Revenue and Expenditure Transparency – Dec. 2007 (OXFAM GB)
To create greater understanding of the NEITI process, establish linkages between stakeholders and to ensure popular participation in the implementation process of the NEITI Act
18. Capacity Building for Nigeria’s Legislature on 2008 National Budget, Uyo, Akwa Ibom: Dec 2007 (Canadian International Development Agency-CIDA)
The programme was aimed at creating a pool of information that will enhance the input of legislators in the 2008 Appropriation bill with the aim of enabling an efficient and workable budget circle, which will have direct positive consequences on Nigeria’s development challenges. The session trained legislators and their support staff on basic rudiments of democracy, highlighting the principles of separation of powers concerning legislative proficiency, budgeting process, gender equity in budgeting, oversight responsibilities, and constituency outreach and relations. Participants reflected on the 2007 Budget implementation and its gaps, and discussed the implementation strategy of the 2008 Budget. CISLAC educated members and their aids on how to be more equipped in exercising oversight functions, and the roles of committees on Appropriations and Finance in budget implementation. The programme also reviewed the process of identifying critical sectors of the economy for greater attention in the appropriation process.
19. Legislative Engagement in Northern Nigeria- Nassarawa, Niger, Jigawa States: Sept 2007-Nov 2009 (Heinrich Boll Foundation-HBF)
CISLAC organised multiple interactive sessions for State Legislators, their staff, CSOs, and the media in Niger, Nassarawa, Jigawa, Plateau, Kogi and Benue States as part of an ongoing capacity building endeavour for State Houses of Assembly in Northern Nigeria. The aim of the workshops is to educate these groups on the role of committees in lawmaking, oversight, and good governance practices. With the prospect of increasing the influence of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, CISLAC held training sessions for members on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), constitutional provisions of Legislative Committees, and the responsibilities and importance of legislative aides. The workshop also addressed power relations between the legislature and the executive, as most State Assemblies are in the hands of State Chief Executives, which undermines the legislators’ powers as an independent branch of government. The sessions are intended to address this problem and find solutions to make the Northern State Legislatures more responsive to their constituents.
20. Interface on NEITI Act Implementation in Nigeria – Jan. 16, 2008 (OXFAM GB)
The meeting is aimed at improving the understanding of roles of each group in the process of implementing the NEITI Act. More than 40 participants attended, including public officers, civil society organisations, journalists, the legislators, Ambassadors, NEITI secretariat representative, funders and other stakeholders.
21. Capacity Building for Relevant Committees of the National Assembly under the Strengthening the National Assembly Project (SNAP): April 2008 – Oct. 2008 (NDI)
This project increased the capacity of NASS MDGs and National Planning Committee staff and the media for better engagement of SNAP focused issues. The programme was designed to improve the level of productivity of National Assembly members including the planning of pro-poor policies, thus increasing the efficiency of the committees they serve. CISLAC with support from NDI further aimed to increase the levels of oversight through statistical information gathering and shadow monitoring of the implementation of MDGs by the Legislative MDGs and National Planning Committees.
22. Civil Society Engagement of Government on Oil Revenue Transparency and Civic Oversight of the NEITI Process, Kaduna: June-Nov. 2008 (PACT Nigeria)
The goal of this project was to strengthen the oversight function of legislators on the NEITI Secretariat and extractive industry companies and to build the capacity of at least twenty energy correspondents covering the extractive industries for adequate information dissemination. With assistance from PACT Nigeria, CISLAC also aimed to raise public awareness on NEITI Secretariat activities and other oversight agencies in the implementation of the initiative. Capacity building of legislators, their staff, media outlets, and members of civil society cannot be overemphasized. CISLAC worked with the legislature in Kaduna to increase its role in NEITI oversight and improve the linkage and cooperation among arms of governance, civil society, and the media.
23. Interactive Session on Budget Advocacy For CSOs In The West African Sub- Region – July 2008 – (ACTIONAID)
This is aimed at bringing together CSO groups involved in budget Advocacy to share experiences and best practices for proper documentation.
24. Entrenching Legislative Oversight of the State Assemblies towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). August – Dec. 2008 (UN Millennium Campaign, Nairobi, Kenya)
This project intends to ensure deliberate legislation and budgetary provisions are provided towards the attainment of the MDGs, also to ensure that appropriate oversight functions are exercised by the legislature in that regard. There were advocacy visits to Kaduna and Plateau States Houses of Assembly.
25. Converting natural resources into development: Interactions and synergies between EITI and national mechanisms. Feb. 2009 – Apr. 2009 Fundacion par alas Relaciones Internacionales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE)/Oxfam Int’l
To promote the adoption of improved policies and practices for a reinforced transparency in the extractive industries sector that will favour the culture of accountability and the transformation of revenues for oil, gas and mineral exploitation into human development.
26. Youth Vulnerability and Exclusion in Nigeria (YOVEX). Mar. 2009 – April 2009 (Conflict Security and Development Group (CSDG) of King’s College, University of London)
The aim is to disseminate the key findings of the Nigeria case study, share ideas on the way forward, and kick-start constructive engagement between youth and key stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society groups. Participants will include Ministers of state, parliamentarians, youth groups in Nigeria and civil society organisation, and representatives of international aid and development agencies.
27. Engaging the Legislature and NEITI secretariat to Deepen the Implementation of the NEITI Act. June-Nov. 2009 (PACT Nigeria)
The overall goal of this project was to enhance implementation of the NEITI Act in Nigeria. The project also aimed at raising advocacy issues around the NEITI implementation process; strengthening CSOs collaboration with NEITI, National Assembly and agencies on the implementation process; increase the knowledge base of energy/National Assembly correspondents on NEITI Audit process; advocating for adequate funding of NEITI Secretariat; strengthening the oversight function of the legislators on the NEITI process and promoting effective CSOs engagement in the NEITI process
28. Entrenching Legislative Oversight towards Achieving The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). August – Dec. 2008 and April – Sept. 2009 (UN Millennium Campaign, Nairobi, Kenya)
This project intends to ensure deliberate legislation and budgetary provisions are provided towards the attainment of the MDGs. Also ensuring that appropriate oversight functions are exercised by the legislature in that regard. It also intends to build capacity of legislators on MDGs and mainstreaming the MDGs, especially maternal health, into Political Parties Agenda in Nigeria
29. Strengthening NEITI Performance. Sept. 2009 – Aug. 2011 (OXFAM NOVIB)
The project intends to scale up NEITI compliance through the implementation of activities aimed towards greater information dissemination and capacity building to key legislative committees, NEITI stakeholders, civil society groups, and media outlets. The organization collaborated with the NEITI Secretariat and stayed informed on their activities in order to know where synergic overlap exists for intervention. In line with its public outreach and capacity building objectives, it is also engaging in legislative advocacy geared towards specific reforms, based on a thorough review of the forthcoming 2005 audit report. In addition, CISLAC also extended this to national Parliaments and CSOs in the West African sub-region (Sierra Leone, Niger Republic, Liberia and Ghana) through advocacy visits with a view to ensuring that Nigeria and other countries with candidate status of EITI in the sub-region meet the validation requirements to attain compliant status. The following programmes were carried out:
- Validation Meeting For CSOs Analysis Report On The NEITI 2005 Oil And Gas Audit Report (Abuja)
- Training of the media on NEITI (Lagos)
- Capacity building workshop on NEITI for Legislators and Staff of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States Houses of Assembly (Calabar)
- Advocacy Visits (Kano and Enugu States, Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberia)
- Town-hall Meetings (Delta and Edo States).
30. Capacity Building & Civil Society Dialogue- Benue, Kogi, and Jigawa States: Feb. – Dec. 2010 (Heinrich Boll Foundation-HBF)
CISLAC organised multiple interactive sessions for State Legislators, their staff, CSOs, and the media in Niger, Nassarawa, Jigawa, Plateau, Kogi and Benue States as part of an ongoing capacity building endeavour for State Houses of Assembly in Northern Nigeria. The aim of the workshops is to educate these groups on lawmaking, oversight, budget and budget monitoring, public hearing all of which are embodiment of good governance practices.
31. Train-the-Trainer Workshop for Deepening CSOs Participation on Public Procurement Monitoring in Enugu, Kano and Oyo (Ibadan) States – May and June 2010 (Bureau of Public Procurement – BPP)
The workshop is to promote accountability, transparency and popular participation in the Nigerian Public Procurement system. Also to train non-state actors to effectively monitor, observe and report procurement processes and to advocate for the enactment of a Public Procurement System, at state, via advocacy efforts. To do this, CISLAC in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has successfully organised the training workshop in Kano, Enugu and Ibadan respectively which had a tremendous turnout.
32. Deepening the State Legislators Role in the Attainment of the MDGS – May – Dec. 2010 (UN Millennium Campaign, Nairobi, Kenya)
To build a strong mass movement for the MDGs with CSOs, CBOs, Faith Base Organizations and MDAs in Bauchi, Kano and Jigawa, CISLAC has organised a workshop for CSOs, CBOs, Faith Base Organizations and MDAs in Kano. This is to further build their capacity on budget tracking of MDGs allocation. It is also to enhance meaningful CSOs participation And Broadened knowledge base and sharing information to the public on the MDGs.
33. Enhancing Civil Society Engagement in the Legislative Process in Kano State House of Assembly – Apr – Sept. 2010 (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)
CISLAC organised an Advocacy Training for CSOs and Media Practitioners in Kano to enhance the capacity of civil society organisations for effective engagement of the democratic process with focus on the legislative process in the northern state of Kano.
34. Strengthening Policy Engagement on Education, Health and Gender towards the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria – Apr – Sept. 2010 (TY Danjuma Foundation)
This project conducted an appraisal and examination of the content of existing policy framework on health education and gender to determine their relevance and their ability to deliver service and meet the needs of the population, especially as it relates to the attainment of MDG goals and targets. There were also advocacy visits to relevant stakeholders on MDGs issues.
35. Engaging the Legislature and NEITI secretariat to Deepen the Implementation of the NEITI Act – June-Nov. 2010 (PACT Nigeria)
This project has raised advocacy issues around the NEITI implementation process; strengthened CSOs collaboration with NEITI, National Assembly and agencies on the implementation process; strengthened the oversight function of the legislators on the NEITI process and promoting effective CSOs engagement in the NEITI process
36. Capacity Building for Legislators And Civil Society
CISLAC has strengthened the capacity of state and federal policy makers, their advisory staff, and key committees in the legislature through educational workshops, interactive sessions, and technical support. The organisation has also created space for communities and CSOs to engage in policy making by orchestrating public hearings, press events, and information sharing sessions across the country. As a result, CISLAC led other civil society to play an active role in highlighting general concerns and recommendations with draft bills, which were then forwarded to the National Assembly.
37. Enhancing the Credibility of the Electoral Process through Active Election Observation in FCT and Kano State – March -May 2011 (PACT Nigeria)
The ultimate goal of this project is to build confidence in the electoral process and contribute towards a credible 2011 elections in Nigeria.
38. Strengthening Legislative-CSO Partnership for People Oriented Development – Benue and Jigawa States: Feb. – Dec. 2011 (Heinrich Boll Foundation-HBF)
The overall goal of this intervention is to further deepen knowledge and build capacity of legislators, their support staff and CSOs, strengthen their partnership in ensuring effective representation, establishing a culture of consultation with constituencies and jointly monitoring and evaluating the implementation of developmental projects to promote the wellbeing of the rural population.
39. Enhancing Participatory Democracy through CSO-Legislature Partnership – Mar–Sept. 2011 (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)
The overall goal of this intervention is to enhance people oriented development, further deepen knowledge and build capacity of legislators, their support staff and CSOs, strengthen their partnership in ensuring effective representation, establishing a culture of consultation and promote popular participation by citizens in governance.
40. Strengthening the NEITI Process through Enhanced Legislative Oversight – July 2011 -January 2012 (PACT Nigeria)
This project is to enhance the capacity of the New Legislators to effectively intervene in the NEITI implementation processes through improved budgetary provisions to the NEITI Secretariat and effective oversight by an established Committee on NEITI in Nigeria to ensure timely completion and dissemination of Audit Reports and implementation of remediation actions.
41. Third Phase Sensitisation on Public Procurement Act for Stakeholders in North Central Zone – October 2011 (Bureau of Public Procurement)
The one-day workshop for stakeholders in the North Central geo-political zone as was part of the third phase sensitization effort on the Public Procurement Act 2007. The workshop was coordinated by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and had about 200 participants drawn from CSOs, the media, professional associations and the organized Labour from FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Plateau states attended the workshop.
42. Multi Stakeholders’ Conference on IDP Protection in Nigeria and the African Union Convention on the protection and Assistance of IDPs – November 2011 (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre/ Norwegian Refugee Centre (IDMC/NRC), Geneva, Switzerland)
The Conference was aimed at examining the plight of IDPs in Nigeria in the light of relevant international and domestic legal frameworks including the Kampala Convention and designing a plan of action for its ratification and domestication, as well as identifying measures for attaining durable solutions to the challenges of internal displacements in Nigeria.
43. Strategy and Orientation Retreat for House of Representatives Committee on Millennium Development Goals – 21st and 22nd December 2011 (UNMC, TY Danjuma Foundation)
The Committee on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), House of Representatives, the United Nation Millennium Campaign and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organised a two-day retreat for members of the House Committee on the MDGs. The main objective of this retreat is to expose to the principles and national frameworks on the MDGs as well as the mandate of the Committee in the achievement of the MDGs.
44. Strengthening NEITI Performance. Sept. 2011 – Aug. 2013 (OXFAM NOVIB)
The project intends to scale up NEITI compliance through the implementation of activities aimed towards greater information dissemination and capacity building to key legislative committees, NEITI stakeholders, civil society groups, and media outlets. The organization collaborated with the NEITI Secretariat and stayed informed on their activities in order to know where synergic overlap exists for intervention. In line with its public outreach and capacity building objectives, it is also engaging in legislative advocacy geared towards specific reforms, based on a thorough review of the forthcoming 2006-2008 audit reports. In addition, CISLAC also extended this to national Parliaments and CSOs in the West African sub-region through advocacy visits with a view to ensuring that Nigeria and other countries with candidate status of EITI in the sub-region meet the validation requirements to attain compliant status.
45. Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation (CRAFT) project – Sept. 2011 – Aug. 2013 (OXFAM NOVIB)
This project aims to conduct and publish the results of a baseline study with citizen tax perception survey and tax gap analysis (includes both desk and field surveys). Also convening a Stakeholders forum on the tax policy in Nigeria and Platform engaging with tax policy and mainstreaming same into the nation’s development strategy. Setting up of national platform on taxation in Nigeria. Raise Awareness on the need for a just, equitable and efficient Tax System
46. Advocacy to Rescue the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Nigeria. January 2012 – December 2012 (OSIWA)
The project seeks to mobilise CSOs to advocate for more transparency in the Extractive Industry in Nigeria. Also to establish a credible (new) NSWG, release and publish the finalised 2006-2008 audit report and increase transparency and engagement on the extractive industries process in Nigeria.
47. Fourth Phase Sensitisation on Public Procurement Act for Stakeholders in North Central Zone – July 2012 (Bureau of Public Procurement)
The one-day workshop for stakeholders in the North Central geo-political zone as was part of the fourth phase sensitization effort on the Public Procurement Act 2007. The workshop was coordinated by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and had about 350 participants drawn from the executive, traditional rulers, CSOs, the media, professional associations and the organized Labour from FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara and Niger states attended the workshop.