The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new activity that promises to enhance the ability of civil society and business membership organizations (CSOs and BMOs) in Nigeria.
TechEconomy.ng gathered that the activity aims to empower select CSOs and BMOs to influence policies and reforms across the most critical service sectors.
The five-year, $32.9 million Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) activity strengthens the financial, management, and advocacy capacity of CSOs and BMOs to create a more accountable and democratic Nigeria with more efficient public service delivery.
Built on the framework of the earlier USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement activity, Palladium Group serves as the implementer for SCALE in partnership with strong local organizations such as the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Center, Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, and Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Special attention will be paid to the prevention of child marriage, trafficking in persons, and gender-based violence.
“By improving the civil policy and regulatory environment at the local level, SCALE enhances collaborative advocacy in areas that will improve quality of life for Nigerians, especially women, youth, people living with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations”, USAID said in a blog post.
The United States Agency for International Development, formed 60 years ago, is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.
USAID believes that Nigeria as one of the largest economies in sub-Saharan Africa must overcome significant development and governance challenges to fulfill its true potential.