The inclusion of citizens in the governing processes of a sovereign nation is crucial to achieving sustainable social and economic development within the nation. Citizen inclusion ensures that policy decisions will be directed by the peculiar needs of the people at the time as well as the socioeconomic and cultural environment of the people, rather than what the government of the day believes the people need.
As citizens become more involved in decision-making and governance processes, there is an increase in the desire of citizens to perform their civic duties as a result of an increase in trust in the system. It also provides the opportunity to increase transparency and accountability of the state, as citizens are able to hold their duty bearers accountable to their own end of the citizen-state social contract.
The perceived state of governance in Nigeria suggests that there is a need to consolidate on the strong results delivered in the area of community-driven accountability by V2P, leading to an improvement in service delivery of government to the people. The extension of the programme to cover the rest of the Southeast region and Kaduna state, testing the effectiveness of the model in the North-Central region of the country, comes as a strategy to scale up the gains and learning from the program to regions outside Anambra.
It is on this basis that Christian Aid commissioned a situational analysis of the focal states of the V2P extension, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Kaduna. This study was conducted to elicit information on the state of accountability, and transparency, and provides an understanding of how the governments in these states are informed with concrete evidence to help prioritize the sustainable delivery of public goods and services that better respond to citizens’ needs.
You can find the full situational analysis report here: