The EU and ACT senior management at final close-out event in Abuja ©

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April 2024

Wrapping up its five-year journey, the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) programme hosted a deep dive into outcomes and lessons learned across all programme states culminating in Abuja. The focus was on nurturing sustainable outcomes and underscoring a commitment to lasting change. 

Showcasing results and lessons learned

The dissemination events took place over a month  – from February 27 to March 27 – across nine states (Sokoto, Plateau, Borno, Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Lagos, Adamawa, and Kano) and the FCT, to showcase results and lessons learned. States harvested the outcomes and lessons towards sustainable impact and collaboration among partners. 

Since 2019, the ACT programme has been implementing innovative actions to strengthen the internal, external, and programmatic approaches of civil society organisations (CSOs), networks, and coalitions in Nigeria. On 14 April, the programme concluded, bringing it to a final close. 

Throughout the life of the programme, ACT employed innovative approaches such as training, coaching, mentoring, peer learning, and small-scale capacity development grants to enhance the capacity and capability of CSOs to function as credible agents of sustainable development in Nigeria. It also provided a platform to strengthen donor coordination on civil society engagement among international development partners working with CSOs in Nigeria. 

Commitment to sustainability and the way forward

The dissemination events brought together government officials and development partners to showcase the successes and impact of the programme and sustainability efforts. The goal was to explore future collaborations between CSOs and government agencies. 

The culmination was the final event in Abuja, which featured a press conference, partner testimonies, a stakeholder panel discussion, a plenary session, and the presentation of awards to CSOs that partnered with the programme .

Registration table at ACT close-out event ©

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