USAID Partners Media Executives on Nigeria’s Development Challenges

Nigerian partners of the USAID Nigeria Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project hosted media executives from across Nigeria to explore partnership opportunities for addressing some of the country’s development challenges at a business breakfast meeting in Abuja.

SCALE strengthens the financial, management, and advocacy capacity of local civil society organisations to create a more accountable, transparent, peaceful, and democratic Nigeria with more effective and efficient public service delivery.

The meeting deepened the understanding of the media on the SCALE project objectives, interventions, and approaches to building the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) for a stronger and more sustainable civil society sector with access to resources, tools and new competencies that enable them to fully engage with citizens and government to bring about good governance in Nigeria.

In her opening remarks, the Chief of Party of the SCALE Project, Lydia Odeh, reiterated the need for the media to partner with development organisations to help share results on how development effort is bringing about positive change.

“A strengthened relationship between CSOs and the media would enable the telling of lesser-known but important stories that provide an opportunity for the voices of the people most affected by these stories to be heard.”

She was hopeful that “by the end of the project, CSOs working in priority policy areas including health, education, trafficking in persons, sexual and gender-based violence, civic space, elections, youth development and others will collaborate more effectively, resulting in effective governance and improved services for Nigerians.”

Speaking on behalf of SCALE partners, Dr. Otive Igbuzor of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), highlighted that SCALE results will be delivered through Nigerian partners who will take on increasing responsibility over the project lifespan.

“Positioning us to implement future USAID CS strengthening and advocacy projects, while putting beneficiaries at the centre of implementation assures that solutions will be locally led thereby increasing the likelihood of the project’s monumental success. I know this is what our media partners and Nigerians will be proud of,” Igbuzor added.

In the past year, the SCALE project reached a total of 1,825 individuals which include 1,006 male, 819 females, inclusive of 453 youth and 42 persons with disabilities (PWD) through various project interventions, such as, capacity building activities, civic space dialogues, citizen-private sector engagements, co-creation activities, and coordination events.

The project upholds gender equality and social inclusion in all its activities to ensure everyone, especially women, young boys and girls and persons with disabilities are empowered to contribute to decisions that affect them.

Nigeria Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) is a five-year activity with support from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SCALE is implemented by Palladium.

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