Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU-Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria

03/01/2019 - 16:40
Democracy and Human Rights

The overall objective of the project is the reinforcement of democracy in Nigeria. The project is articulated through five components aiming to achieve the following specific objectives: to strengthen the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders through technical assistance, training, capacity building and material support so that they can better fulfill their respective roles throughout the electoral cycle.



Expected Results:

Improved quality of electoral administration in Nigeria;

  • The National Assembly effectively discharges its legislative function in compliance with democratic principles and standards;
  • Pluralism, tolerance, internal democracy and equality of opportunity of political parties and the political party system enhanced;
  • The Media, including radio and social media, provides fair, accurate and ethical coverage of the electoral process;
  • CSOs and relevant agencies contribute to enhancing the electoral process;
  • Strengthened channels of civic engagement. 


Main activities:

  • The project provides support to key institutions in Nigeria – INEC, the legislature, political parties, CSOs and the media to support democratic consolidation in the country;
  • Respond to key governance priorities e.g. review of the 1999 constitution;
  • The reform and restructuring of the electoral management body – INEC;
  • Formulation and implementation of the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan of Action and the 2016 to 2019 Election Project Plan;
  • Support to the implementation of the freedom of information act;
  • Support to key legislative committees;
  • Support to key activities aimed at promoting women's political participation;
  • Support to the Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies to promote strengthening the leadership and organisational capacities of political parties.


Main Accomplishments to date:

  • The project has contributed to the development of a strategic plan for the Independent National Electoral Commission for the implementation of the 2019 elections.
  • Supported the passage of key bills in the legislature in support of the electoral process.
  • Contributed to the first ever mapping/needs assessment for People with Disabilities in the electoral process. 



Source of funds:  11th EDF (CRIS Ref: (FED/2015/039-181)

Total budget (EUR):   26.5M

Implementing period:  5 years (2017-2021) 

Implementing agencies: 

  • European Centre for Electoral Support,
  • Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre,
  • Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement,
  • Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies,
  • Institute of Media and Society, International Press Centre.  

Geographical region:   Nationwide

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