Improving Democratic Governance in Nigeria and 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 strengthening accountable and transparent governance systems. 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 more responsive and democratic governments.
PartnersGlobal collaborates with the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), BudgIT, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Sierra Leone, and with Partners West Africa Nigeria, CLEEN Foundation, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Public and Private Development Center (PPDC), IWPR, and BudgIT in Nigeria.
Access Nigeria and Access Sierra Leone supports our civil society partners who:
• Liaise with champions of change within government;
• Ensure that the judiciary concludes corruption case verdicts;
• Examine prosecution’s impact on 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. The Access programs are part of the goals of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI).
How is Partners supporting efforts to improve democratic governance in Nigeria and Sierra Leone?
Partner’s 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 opportunities 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