Women in local politics ©

British Council

April 2023

The Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) programme is working to strengthen the system of civil society organisations (CSOs), networks and coalitions to improve their internal, external and programmatic capabilities. 

The Affirmative Action for Women’s Initiative (NCAA) – a coalition of CSOs – is working to increase women’s participation in politics and public life in Nigeria. The CSO benefited from capacity development support training and mentoring from ACT. Following this partnership, the NCAA has strengthened its approach to making its interventions more results-oriented. 

The work is starting to bear fruit in the Ama-Achala and Isi Agu communities. Women have been admitted to the Igwe cabinet – the highest decision-making organ of the traditional ruler – for the first time, and more women are winning local government elections.

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