Access Nigeria and Sierra Leone
We are supporting national and international partners to build more accountable institutions in Nigeria and Sierra Leone by enhancing institutional transparency and preventing impunity for those who engage in corruption and transnational organized crime.
In Nigeria and Sierra Leone, enhancing security and improving the environment for sustainable development requires a reduction in corruption in the justice and security sectors along with a reinforcement of both sectors’ ability to serve the interests of citizens. Partners is working with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) in Sierra Leone, CLEEN Foundation and BudgIT in Nigeria, and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), on the “Access Nigeria and Sierra Leone” (AccessNG_SL) initiative.
Our program supports local civil society partners to develop tools to:
- Analyze public information to monitor anti-corruption efforts;
- Work with champions of change within government to root out corruption;
- Ensure that the judiciary follows through on corruption cases;
- Raise awareness of the cost society pays for corrupt practices.
In both countries, we are collaborating with civil society to test whether the prosecution of corruption cases reduces impunity. The AccessNG_SL team is working closely with anti-corruption agencies to develop effective strategies to monitor cases and track trends, looking at key decisions, and roadblocks to prosecution in order to recommend improvements and assess the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies.
AccessNG_SL is also convening civil society, government, designers, and developers in both countries for a Civic Data Codeathon, where participants will use publicly available data on justice, security, public budgets, to create tech tools that increase transparency and allow citizens to hold government accountable.
Why is Partners supporting national organizations to tackle corruption?
Transnational organized crime (TOC) and poor governance are mutually reinforcing problems. In places where TOC has established a foothold, it has often been preceded by corrupt, unaccountable systems of governance. Once established, criminal networks are able to mobilize their significant resources to exploit weak governance structures, thereby creating more favorable environments for their trade. In Nigeria and Sierra Leone, severe shortage of economic opportunities, culture of impunity, weak justice systems, and endemic corruption at multiple levels of government, have hindered economic and democratic development. Nonetheless, proponents of reform exist in both countries and civil society has demonstrated its ability to promote anti-corruption efforts.
Partners believes that creating a less favorable environment for organized crime and corruption requires addressing gaps in the justice system through supporting local organizations and the media as well as highlighting injustices and cases of impunity that represent the costs of corruption. The program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law and Enforcement Affairs (INL) and is a deliverable of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI).