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Making the 774 local government councils in Nigeria count by enabling lasting peace, inspiring prosperity and sustainable planet initiatives

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Beyond the growing seething discontentment, corruption and mismanagement evidently commonplace in the 774 Local Government councils in Nigeria, there are endless compelling evidences that empirically demonstrate the need for holistic and pragmatic sustainable approaches to capacity development for local stakeholders and actors to meet the new and emerging challenges facing them is indispensable in order to remain relevant and deliver effective services to their grassroots communities at the intersection of peace, prosperity and sustainable planet.

Consequently, the last five years have witnessed endless killing, violence and communal clashes as well as the unprecedented depleting of natural resources in our local communities which led to over 180 deaths as a result of lead poisoning in local mining sites. The Niger delta region continued to be a reference point of environmental pollution and rising militancy.

The 774 Local Government Councils Sustainable Development initiative is designed on the premise that the workforce of the 774 Councils in Nigeria need effective competencies and relevant skills to gravitate from the vicious cycle of wanton wastages, rapacious greed, cesspit of corruption, endless communal conflict, administrative quagmires and unparallel plundering of human and natural resources to virtuous cycle of good governance, accountability, effective stakeholder engagement and sustainable human development and attainment of the sustainable development goals.

The proposed initiative framework is conceptualized to enable the 774 local councils achieve their primary responsibility sustainably. To bridge the skills/competencies gap to achieve peace, prosperity and sustainable planet, which focuses on ten thematic pillars.

1. ICT.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are 774 local government Councils Stakeholders of the local Government systems in Nigeria and the local communities.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Having been directly involved in building the capacity of the target project group through the pilot contact with 6 local government councils out of the 774 in total, our proposed idea to work with the entire 774 through a series of 6 regional initiative and one grand finale national capacity building initiative would spur a new innovative solutions to solving the roots problems that seem to undermine peace, prosperity and sustainable planet engagement.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Our organization, QUAESTRION & PLANUS is a registered capacity development firm with a passion to build local government stakeholders skills and competencies to achieve sustainable development goals. Currently, we are championing the local Government Autonomy project for the 774 councils in Nigeria. we designed and manage the National Union of Local Government Employees website and social media campaign for the autonomy project. (

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Going by the development strides of local government system in my country Nigeria since independence in 1960, there is little or nothing to show for over 57 years of existence. There are no best practices, effective strategies, benchmarks, and sustainable policies that can serve as a guide for success. Engaging in a project like this would be the first time an initiative would be directed at the local government actors abd stakeholders leading to a national event.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

To successfully bridge Peace, Prosperity and Planet: Peace is influenced by farmers/herders clashes in the North East and North Central region. Prosperity would play a key role in helping the 774 local Government achieve sustainability in resources mobilization, planet would tackle the unprecedented desertification challenge in the North, environmental pollution in the Niger Delta in the south.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

While developing the concept of the project, we shared the idea with some key consulting firms and Non governmental organisation as well as some government agencies directly saddled with some of the key areas of project focus and they were excited to work as project technical partners.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

With overwhelming unemployment in Nigeria, the target communities where the project would be implemented have qualified youths who would willingly volunteer to make the project field work successful.

Geographic Focus

The project would be carried out in the each of the six Geo-political zones and a national event.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

the entire project would be carried out within 12 to 13 month timeline.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Jill LaLonde

Hello Douglas, I enjoyed learning more about your project in Nigeria. I work for OneVillage Partners, a community-led development organization operating in rural Sierra Leone. Our idea is to bring proven, local leaders together in a leadership cohort at a regional scale to implement development projects, and one question we've been discussing is the best entry point for the local government structures. I'm curious about your project - do you address government responsiveness to their constituencies, and if so, how do you approach this?

Photo of Ashley Tillman

Great questions Jean-Marc Mercy and Jill LaLonde Douglas Itiat I'm curious your thoughts on their questions?

Photo of Jean-Marc Mercy

Douglas Itiat I trust you were able to reflect on the questions raised. As we are moving towards the end of the beneficiary feedback phase, we'd love to see your user experience map. Please also share your views on Jill LaLonde 's questions. We look forward to your feedback.

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Hi Jill, It's great to know you are also passionate about grassroots development especially for the empowerment of the poor people at the lowest level in our communities. We also believe that building leadership skills and competencies at community and scaling up the work at regional level is crucial to bring the positive multiplier effect as well as impact to put our people on the path for sustainability.
The post-colonial development in Sub-Sahara Africa demands a revolution not evolution to bring the restructuring that would put Africans on the development pathways to achieve sustainable development. To this end, we believe that government must rise to the occasion and take responsibility and commit to development initiatives that would bring peace, prosperity and sustainable planet. In Nigeria, since independence in 1960, there is no attempt on record, made to empower the rural people by building the capacity of the Local government systems which is the closer to the people. Taken seriously, the need to address government responsiveness to their constituencies is indispensable if we must achieve the global agenda- Sustainable Development Goals. My approach to this is by researching all relevant governmental agencies or departments with the mandates to work with the constituencies and collaborating and partnering with them to fulfill that mandates. What i have learnt over the years is that blaming them or criticism does not help the rural people. this is where strategic stakeholders engagement skills will bring more impacts.

Photo of Jill LaLonde

Thank you for your response, Douglas Itiat - do you have any advice on how to incentivize local government bodies/officials to work more closely with the local constituency? What is their motivation for the partnership?

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