Come Tuesday the 15th day of May, 2018, the Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice, ANEEJ and LITE-Africa, will at Nigeria’s Garden City, Port Harcourt, present a validation of an independent monitoring report to the general public. The event comes with a critical theme of Working Collaboratively, Addressing our common Development Challenges.
ANEEJ and LITE-Africa are two organizations implementing the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project in the Niger-Delta Region. Both organizations carried out an assessment of the Niger–Delta Institutions during the first phase of the project to get a deeper understanding of the mandates, polices, activities of the institutions.
Arising from the above event, a citizen report card (CRC) survey on the institutions was conducted to get citizen’s perception on the activities of the institutions and to rate their performance. The outcome and recommendations of the CRC report and the policy briefs produced were used by ANEEJ and LITE-Africa to engage the institutions. Consequently, the NDDC made some commitment through the then Acting Managing Director, Ibim Semenitari to publish the institution’s quarterly reports and to set up an Independent Monitoring team.
The Independent CSO project monitoring committee was eventually inaugurated with 9 CSOs selected from the Niger Delta region while ANEEJ and LITE-Africa were selected as regional coordinators. It was agreed that during the inauguration the committee will meet to review and evaluate projects implemented by the NDDC in the 9 Niger-Delta States. The Committee has concluded the first project monitoring exercise covering the 9 states and validation has been done with community feedback in two states namely Abia and Edo states.
Updates, a press statement by both CSOs and a CALL TO ACTION to be published…soon!