CSOs at ACT capacity strengthening session ©

British Council/ACT

January 2021

Fifty (50) CSO partners from Lagos, Sokoto, Kano and the FCT have re-designed their organisational strategies, following capacity strengthening and mentoring delivered by the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) Programme. 

During a reflection session in December 2020, CSOs expressed satisfaction with the support received from the programme. This support goes beyond training and extends to coaching and mentoring.

ACT commenced full implementation in May 2019 with the objective of improving the effectiveness and credibility of civil society organisations as an agent of sustainable development in Nigeria. To date, the programme has strengthened the capacity of approximately 120 CSOs across the country. 

The programme groups CSOs into three broad levels: emerging, developing and matured. This categorisation is based on the outcome of the Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA) conducted at the onset of the programme. The OCA helped define ACT support through coaching, mentoring, training, and peer learning.

During the reflection session, CSOs elaborated on how the knowledge and skills acquired from ACT have supported them to strengthen their organisational strategies, processes and systems.

“The engagement with ACT has been an exciting journey. The programme came to our aid at a time when we needed such interventions. The trainings on communication and advocacy, organisational strategy and monitoring & evaluation have been very helpful. We are currently developing our two-year strategic plan.”

Representative from the Isa Walli Foundation, Kano State

“This coaching will boost our capacity and morale towards the actualisation of our mission."

Alhaji Yusuf Umar, Acting Board of Trustees, Chairman of Productive Community for Sustainable Development Initiative