ANEEJ in partnership with other stakeholders especially in the civil society sector, is working on anti-corruption projects that support the government at improving and strengthening democratic practices especially at the state level while strongly canvasing autonomy of local government for accelerated community development and a better standard of living of people in rural areas. ANEEJ canvass for the formulation of new policies and legislations and /or review and amendment of existing policies and laws as well as their effective implementation, to improve service delivery and address priority issues of the poor and marginalised. Some of ANEEJ work covers anti-corruption, electoral process, aid effectiveness, open governance, security, transparency and accountability, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, social inclusion and social investment.
ANEEJ is currently implementing the Enhancing Anti-corruption and Social Inclusive Reforms Initiatives in Nigeria project under the Strengthening Civic Advocacy & Local Engagement (SCALE) project, as the anchor for the anti-corruption cluster of 8 partner CSOs working to promote and engage in anti-corruption and social inclusive policy reforms through multi-stakeholder initiatives at both national and sub-national levels in Nigeria, as well as promote reforms in the development commissions established by federal and state governments to develop the Niger Delta region. The SCALE project is a 5-year project being implemented by Palladium and its resource partnerswith funds from USAID. It is designed to enhance local civil society organizations’ ability to be positive and responsible change agents in Nigeria.
Furthermore, ANEEJ has implemented the Monitoring of Recovered Assets through Transparency and Accountability (MANTRA) project. The project was designed to address problems within the broader objectives of the Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme of the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen the anticorruption regime in Nigeria. It monitored the disbursement of the recovered $322.5M Abacha Loot to Nigeria’s poorest poor. The project was supported by UKAID now FCDO.
ANEEJ also implements the Enhancing Social Protection in Nigeria (ESPPIN) project with funding support from Bread for the World Berlin, Germany. The ESPPIN project is set out to advocate for policy reforms to address worsening poverty in Nigeria following the rating of Nigeria by the World Poverty Clock as the poverty capital of the world.
ANEEJ believes that Social Protection Programmes which target the poor and vulnerable populations are veritable vehicles for addressing poverty as has been successfully done in some Latin America and Caribbean countries. THE ESPPIN project is supported by Bread for the World (BROT), Germany.
Governance Index project
ANEEJ implemented the Nigeria State Governance Index (NSGI) project, which came after an initial work in 2017 that assessed the performance of institutions/Commissions set up to develop the region via the Dyntra platform. The NDGI is designed to advance peer review among States in Nigeria and to encourage healthy competition.
The index provides a statistical assessment of governance performance in all states of Nigeria. So far the States ranked on the index include Abia, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Ondo and Rivers. The project is supported by Bread for the World (BROT), Germany.