Nigerian civil society representatives ©


April 2021

In response to the growing need for CSOs to mobilise resources for improved service delivery, the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) Programme conducted a three-day training in Lagos state for 16 CSO partners working across different sectors. 

Organisations in attendance included: BudgIT Foundation, the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, LEAP Africa, the Nigeria Network of NGOs, SERAP, the Women's Rights and Health Project, the Women Arise for Change Initiative, amongst others. 

Participants were taught key fundraising and resource mobilisation principles, including proposal and grant writing skills, with an emphasis on responding to European Union funding opportunities. They were also trained on the steps to building stronger donor relations. 

The training focused on presentations, small group discussions and feedback sessions. Direct interactions between participants were encouraged and enabled them to learn from each other’s experiences.

At the end of the session, participants agreed to apply the knowledge acquired from the training by conducting a ‘step-down’ training in their respective organisations.

“The timing of this fundraising activity is strategic and reflects a well-thought out planning process.”

Akingbade Tope Olatidoye, M & E Officer, the Institute for Media and Society