Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme – Pillar One, Accountable, Responsible and Capable Government
2016; Nigeria; DFID
Of Nigeria’s 180 million people, 60 million people live below the national poverty line while another 60 million are just over the line.
To achieve effective and inclusive poverty reduction and better public services, Nigerian governments need to become demonstrably better at prioritizing, planning, resourcing, delivering, tracking and accounting for the delivery of public goods and services that respond to the needs of citizens, who are themselves actively engaged in ensuring these. In this context DFID has designed the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) which is being delivered through three discrete, but integrated pillars: (1) Accountable, Capable and Responsive Government, (2) Engaged Citizens and (3) Learning, Evidence and Influencing.
Itad is part of the DAI-led consortium delivering pillar 1, supporting Nigerian governmental partners to strengthen processes, practices and capabilities in order to ensure the more accountable and effective use of public resources. This builds on our work providing M&E support to DFID’s previous State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) programme.
On pillar 1 we are responsible for:
- Overall design, implementation and management of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) System,
- Strategic and technical expertise in M&E and high quality results management
- Ensure result framework synergy and MEL coherence across pillars 1-3
- Design and management of the MEL MIS and VfM framework
- High quality M&E technical assistance for state and federal governments
We are implementing a comprehensive MEL system which will evolve and adapt to the needs of the programme and through which evidence will be robustly collected and results measured. The MEL system, designed and developed in close collaboration with DFID and pillars 2 and 3, will track progress and achievements against programme strategies, theories of change, results frameworks, work plans and budgets and contribute to the tracking of progress against state and federal government governance reform plans and towards the achievement of development objectives, including in order to collect evidence of the programme hitting payment milestone targets, and collect data for internal performance monitoring.
Our work is closely integrated with the programme’s problem-driven approach, which is built on a great degree of flexibility and tight feedback loops to quickly learn and apply practical lessons. The MEL system will ensure that is if reforms are not working on a project or initiative, we can “fail fast” and scale down; adapt and make adjustments where assumptions don’t hold true; or scale up and replicate when effective reforms begin to gain traction.
Image © Abavo Market (Delta State,Nigeria). Photo Credit: Robert