Nigerian civil society representatives ©


January 2020

A key objective of the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) programme is to support the strengthening of CSO capacity through innovative approaches. This includes peer learning and tailor-made support as opposed to a “one size fits all” approach. 

The programme commenced work under this stream by conducting an organisational capacity & system assessment (OCA) for civil society partners, including NGOs, CBOs, networks, and coalitions. The initiative was primarily a self-reflection exercise for each organisation. The aim was to identify and categorise the strengths and weakness of individual CSOs, networks and coalitions. 

From July to February 2020, over 60 CSOs were assessed in Lagos, Kano and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja. These locations will form the three pilot states for the implementation of the programme strategies, which will then be rolled out in phases to other regions.

‘This is unique for us – it has not only revealed our strengths and setbacks as an organisation, but also proffered innovative and goal-oriented solutions to the gaps highlighted during the process.’

Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative

‘The exercise has helped us to identify areas of strength and weakness in our capacity. It has supported us to amend certain aspects of our human resource management, policy and leadership structure.’ 

Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism

‘The reflection process is essential to our growth and development.  It has also broadened our horizon towards global best practices.’

International Society of Media in Public Health

‘The reflection process was highly productive and useful in identifying gaps and opportunities for us to strengthen our organisational capacity.’

CLEEN Foundation