As the 2015 electoral cycle begins, political competition has increased and Nigeria’s regional and ethnic tensions are on the rise. USAID supports electoral and political processes through targeted assistance to Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, domestic election observation efforts, and political party development. Current USAID elections assistance includes a focus on non-violence acknowledging that the 2011 elections were the most violent in Nigeria’s history with 800 fatalities in three days and over 65,000 displaced.
In early 2014, USAID's mission in Nigeria invited the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation to conduct a cross-sectoral conflict assessment focusing on USAID programs and the risk of violence during the 2015 presidential elections. The Mission sought guidance on how to implement programs in a conflict sensitive manner, emphasizing Do No Harm principles, and maximize peacebuilding opportunities.
The USAID Civil Society Project (the “project”) is a five-year project financed by USAID Nigeria and implemented through a contract with Chemonics International. The goal of the project is to strengthen good governance by increasing the capacity of civil society networks and coalitions to influence the development and implementation of key democratic reforms at local, state, and national levels. The Project explicitly aims to engage marginalized populations, including women, youth, people with disabilities, and other minorities in the process, and emphasizes leadership and innovation.
Last updated: December 02, 2014