Access Nigeria and Access Sierra Leone
We support national and international partners in building more accountable institutions in Nigeria and Sierra Leone by improving government and judicial transparency and preventing impunity for those who engage in corruption and transnational organized crime.
Access Nigeria and Access Sierra Leone are unique initiatives aimed at building accountable and transparent governance systems and tackling corruption and Transnational organized crime (TOC) – which are mutually reinforcing problems. In places where TOC has established a foothold, it has often been preceded by corrupt, unaccountable governments.
With funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Police Enforcement, both programs aim to reduce corruption and strengthen the justice and security sectors, to better serve citizens’ interests and pave the way for sustainable development.
Access Nigeria and Access Sierra Leone support local civil society partners who:
- Liaise with champions of change within government;
- Ensure that the judiciary follow through on corruption case verdicts;
- Examine prosecution’s impact in reducing impunity;
- Raise awareness about corruption’s cost to society;
- Monitor anti-corruption efforts through public information analysis;
- Utilize technological tools to facilitate citizen access to government data;
- Collaborate with anti-corruption agencies in assessing their impact on preventing corruption and promoting transparency.
Access Sierra Leone also convenes civil society, government, and tech developers in a Civic Data Codeathon. Participants in Nigeria and Sierra Leone use publicly-available data on justice, security, and budgets to create tech tools that increase transparency and hold the government accountable.
How is Partners supporting efforts to tackle corruption?
Through organizational capacity-building, PartnersGlobal, is supporting judicial system accountability and transparency with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), BudgIT, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Sierra Leone, and government agency transparency with CLEEN Foundation, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Public and Private Development Center (PPDC), IWPR, and BudgIT in Nigeria.
The program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law and Enforcement Affairs (INL) and is a West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI) deliverable.
Partners believes that addressing justice system gaps will create a less favorable environment for organized crime and corruption. Established criminal networks mobilize their significant resources to exploit weak governance structures and to create favorable environments for their trade.
In Nigeria and Sierra Leone, severe economic opportunity shortages, together with endemic corruption at multiple government levels and widespread impunity within the justice systems have hindered economic and democratic development. Supporting local organizations and the media in highlighting injustice and impunity is key to representing the true costs of corruption.
Reform proponents in both countries are working hard to promote anti-corruption initiatives. At Partners, we support their efforts to bring about much-needed change that will root out corruption.