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


Agents for Citizen-Driven Transformation (EU ACT)

03/01/2019 - 17:36
Democracy and Human Rights

The EU-ACT aims to strengthen Nigerian civil society organisations as independent development actors in their own right and as drivers of more effective, accountable, transparent governance at all levels.


Specific Objective 1: To strengthen civic engagement in public policy formulation, sectorial reform and public financial management.



Expected Results:

  • Complement EU sectoral programmes on health/nutrition/resilience (NIP focal sector 1) for improved, regular and meaningful engagement of civil society with relevant stakeholders in public policy and institutional reform processes;
  • Complement EU sectoral programmes on energy (NIP focal sector 2) for improved, regular and meaningful engagement of civil society with relevant stakeholders in public policy and institutional reform processes;
  • Increased engagement of civil society in budgetary and public finance management processes at all levels so as to ensure citizen driven outcomes within the NIP focal sectors;
  • Improved civil society engagement on trade policy formulation and competition policy.


Specific Objective 2: To strengthen the capacity of civil society actors to be more effective drivers of change.

Expected Results:

  • Organisational capacities of civil society actors strengthened, especially governance, accountability structures, internal control, accounting systems, as well as project management;
  • Financial sustainability of civil society actors strengthened through knowledge of and access to a varied stream of fund-raising mechanisms including alternative business models and engagement with private sector actors; 
  • Civil society actors better able to contribute to policy reform processes in an effective way through strengthening of dialogue, lobbying and advocacy skills;
  • Capacities of civil society actors at the grassroots level through mentoring, seed grants, etc., are built.


Specific Objective 3: To enhance civil society credibility, transparency and accountability. 




Expected results:

  • A more effective, simplified and stream-lined regulatory framework resulting from multi-stakeholder dialogue is developed;
  • Civil society is better informed and more compliant with requirements under the resulting regulatory framework (both internal and external regulations);
  • Enhanced self-regulation of civil society, which makes for more credible actors and environment.


Specific Objective 4: To promote civil society driven innovation and reform initiatives in the focal sectors and states of the 11th EDF.

Expected results:

  • Innovative models of service delivery established;
  • Innovative public-private partnership and corporate social responsibility initiatives identified and promoted;
  • Strategic grassroots and state level small-scale initiatives emerging under the focal states and sectors identified and promoted;
  • Enhanced support for strategic measures to civil society on trade policy formulation and competition policy initiatives. 


Main Accomplishments to date:

  • The Financing Agreement was signed in April 2018.
  • The programme will be implemented by the British Council. A PAGoDA is being signed with the British Council to implement an inception phase from July-December 2018. The objective of the inception phase is to provide a clear strategic approach and programme design to achieve the overall programme objectives.



Source of funds: 11th EDF

Total budget (EUR):  15M

Implementing period:  5 years (2018-2023)                              

Implementing agency:  British Council               

Geographical region: Nationwide

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