Civil society actor at programme event ©

British Council

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) play a critical role in holding government to account. They are advocates and watchdogs for the promotion of human rights and adherence to the rule of law, and act as mobilisers and educators of the public. In recent years, state and federal governments in Nigeria have not been receptive to civil society engagement. Many CSOs lacked the skills required to take part in policy decisions or monitor government processes.

The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme RoLAC worked with CSOs and government to become allies in the implementation of criminal justice and anti-corruption reforms. RoLAC supported CSOs to improve their capacity to effectively engage with government. The programme also worked with government to improve its openness and availability for such engagement. Activities focused on training and mentoring; supporting opportunities for CSOs to engage in dialogue with government; and funding CSO-led initiatives with strategic grants. 

You can download the impact report below.