Nigeria and the OSSAP-SDGs have enjoyed tremendous support and partnership with its International Development Partners in the implementation of various pro-poor programmes targeted at delivering SDGs to Nigerians.

Below are a few of our Development Partners.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided support to Nigeria in different areas, including in the production of the country’s annual reports.

UNDP also implemented the Millennium Villages in Kaduna and Ondo states in collaboration with the respective state governments and the Local Governance Project in Ondo state, both aimed at demonstrating successful models of local development planning and decentralization. Through its work on mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into national poverty reduction strategies, UNDP has facilitated strong multi-sectoral response to HIV epidemic in Nigeria which led to the reduction of the prevalence of the infection from 5.8% in 2001 to 4.4% in 2005.

Nigeria and the OSSAP-SDGs have enjoyed tremendous support and partnership with its International Development Partners in the implementation of various pro-poor programmes targeted at delivering SDGs to Nigerians.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

OSSAP-SDGs has also enjoyed a robust partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) which has supported Nigeria with various programmes aimed at achieving the education focused aspects of SDGs.

UNESCO supports Basic Education, especially at the Federal Ministry of Education level and in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory in the areas of capacity development, capacity building and exposure to best practices in early childcare. UNESCO has also supported Nigeria in the achievement of Education for All Goals.

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Department for International Development (DFID)

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has been partnering with Nigeria, making vital contributions in the progress towards the SDGs.

In August 2008, the Nigerian and UK Governments set up a partnership – the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC). SPARC has worked with the Nigeria OSSAP-SDGs to improve the criteria for selection of projects, assisting with the evaluation process, and in the design and coordination of the Conditional Grants Schemes Local Governments.

SPARC is one of the four of State-Led Programmes (SLPs) developed by DFID which include Strengthening Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), Girls’ Education Project (GEP) and Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN). The programmes seek to contribute to the effective and efficient use of Nigeria’s resources to achieve the SDGs. Other SDGs related projects of DFID include the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2), Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV and AIDS (ENR) and the Support to the National Malaria Programme (SuNMap), a £50 million launched in 2008 to support the distribution of two million long-lasting insecticidal nets to households in six Nigerian states.

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United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)

Since the MDGs, OSSAP and the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) have been long standing partners collaborating with multi-stakeholders to promote multi-stakeholder advocacy and parliamentary engagement in Nigeria and across Africa.

Both OSSAP – SDGs and UNMC believe that citizens’ actions and advocacy are necessary for African countries to achieve people centred development anchored on the attainment of the SDGs. The Government of Nigeria through OSSAP – SDGs is a major financial contributor to the advocacy and campaigns of UNMC. The following are areas of partnership and support which OSSAP-SDGs and UNMC have been engaged in since 2010:

  1. Promoting high-level partnership: UNMC has provided a very good platform to promote the work of OSSAP-SDGs within the UN System and the global development community. UNMC has through exploratory visits, UN high level events and other international forums such as the General Assembly and Rio +20 worked with OSSAP-SDGs to place the work of Nigeria in accelerating the SDGs on the global arena.
  2. Supporting the Secretary General’s Integrated Implementation Framework (IIF): Through our contribution to UNMC, OSSAP-SDGs is a major supporter to the Secretary General’s IIF initiative. This high level partnership is a clear demonstration of Nigeria’s special roles in Africa in terms of best development practices and political leadership. OSSAP-SDGs believes that the IIF will provide platforms for accountability and transparency which are key to ensuring that political commitments made in the Millennium Declaration are kept.
  3. Supporting National and Regional Advocacy and Campaigns on SDGs Acceleration: In November 2011, OSSAP – SDGs made a major financial contribution to UNMC to increase citizens’ advocacy and campaigns on SDGs acceleration in Nigeria and across Africa. OSSAP-SDGs believes that an active and knowledgeable citizenry is key to participatory development and the achievement of the SDGs. UNMC has since then been actively involved in promoting citizens’ advocacy and monitoring of the SDGs as well as providing platforms for civil society’s participation in the shaping the post 2015 development agenda.
  4. Supporting Parliamentary Engagement with the SDGs: OSSAP-SDGs recognises the role of parliaments in the achievement of the SDGs. Through the financial contribution of OSSAP-SDGs, UNMC has been able to strengthen parliamentary engagement with the SDGs across Africa under the platform of the African Network of Parliamentarians on the SDGs, a continental initiative facilitated by UNMC to promote parliamentary cooperation and best practices in the achievement of the SDGs. The Nigerian National Assembly has also provided leadership to this initiative through the Committees on the SDGs of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Civil Society Organisation (CSO)

OSSAP SDGs has since its inception recognised the role of citizens as independent voices and actors in the partnership towards the achievement of the SDGs. Towards this end, it has engaged civil society organisations in the selection, planning and implementation of pro-poor programmes in collaboration with the sub-national governments. This has further restated the commitment of the office to the philosophy of bottom-up approach in the execution of project.

The involvement of the CSOs in the implementation process of Nigeria’s SDGs programme also gives them the opportunity to play oversight roles while also promoting open governance. Nigerians through this mechanism are beginning to get value for money on project execution and service delivery thereby guaranteeing good governance anchored on citizens’ participation and efficient service delivery in Nigeria.

The tracking of expenditure made for DRG projects/programmes to the level of their implementation has guaranteed transparency and accountability in the utilization of resources to projects delivery and quality service. Civil society in Nigeria has been crucial in evolving the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms currently in place at federal, state and local government levels for SDGs projects in Nigeria. OSSAP-SDGs’ engagement with civil society has become a sort of best practice for African governments in the sense that government sponsorship of independence scrutiny of its expenditure and program implementation is very rare. Apart from direct budgetary allocations being made for citizens’ monitoring of SDGs implementation, OSSAP-SDGs also supports civil society interventions through its partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)

Earth Insitute

The Earth Institute of Columbia University was engaged by OSSAP-SDGs to provide advice on design and international expertise on the Conditional Grants Scheme to Local Governments.

Over the period, lessons from the Millennium Villages Project have been used to inform the CGS grants to Local Governments, particularly evidence on the impact of integrated investments, best practices in managing interventions, and data reporting and management systems. The Earth Institute has supported the OSSAP-SDGs to conduct Needs Assessment and costing, baseline facility inventory and development online Nigeria SDGs Information System.

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