Young girl learning in school ©

British Council

January 2023

BudgIT Foundation – a grantee of the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) Programme – used rights-based advocacy to engage local government to finance the donation of over 300 pieces of furniture to the Methodist Primary School in Igbogbo, Ikorodu LGA in Lagos.

Over 400 students had been learning on substandard and destroyed furniture. This was impacting their quality of learning. 

BudgIT, a non-profit focused on fiscal transparency and accountability, was awarded financing from the ACT initiative in 2021 to increase accountability and openness in local government finances in the Lagos LGAs of Ikorodu and Somolu. This model guaranteed that all parties involved in local government administration and community development actively participated in enhancing transparency and accountability in local public finances on the one hand, and development for local communities on the other.

By empowering children in the community and educating individuals on how they can be agents of change and effectively engage their leaders, a more constructive relationship between government and the community is developing. 

“We were surprised when the Chairman informed us that the local government wished to provide chairs for our children. We had been asking and pleading with them to do so for quite some time. Our youngsters now can learn in a nice school and master their books.”

Oriade, PTA member, Methodist Primary School