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774 LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES.

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

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Why does the target community define this problem as urgent and/or a priority? How is the idea leveraging and empowering community assets to help create an environment for success? (1000 characters)

Nigeria with its overwhelming young population is sitting on a time boom. if practical project like this is not implemented to create prosperity, then peace and sustainble planet would be compromised. According to Brookings Institution, a research institute, “Nigeria has already overtaken India as the country with the largest number of extreme poor in early 2018. At the end of May 2018, our trajectories suggest that Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million. What is more, extreme poverty in Nigeria is growing by six people every minute, while poverty in India continues to fall.” I believe the revolution to tackle this problem lies in the 774 local government.

How does the idea fit within the larger ecosystem that surrounds it? Urgent needs are usually a symptom of a larger issue that rests within multiple interrelated symptoms - share what you know about the context surrounding the problem you are aiming to solve. (500 characters)

Having been actively involved in building capacity of the beneficiaries for the past 3 years, my interaction with them culminate in unprecedented level of incompetence and unskillful at play that then to compromise every development policies and strategies. Since independence in 1960, every developmental effort has failed. The recent Brooking Institute report that put Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world makes it indispensable to implement this project.

How does the idea affect or change the fundamental nature of the larger ecosystem that surrounds it (as described above) in a new and/or far-reaching way? (500 characters)

Implementing the project will be the first time development efforts would be directed at the 774 Local Government Councils in Nigeria. It will change the way the whole system work. We would be able to track development efforts to know what work and what doesn't.

What will be different within the target community as a result of implementing the idea? What is the scope and scale of that difference? How long will it take to see that difference and how will it be sustained beyond BridgeBuilder support? (500 characters)

Implementing the idea will bring the community at the center of development. they would be engage before government will decide and develop policy and projects. Corruption would be reduced as the capacity to hold leaders accountable would be built as well as using ICT to track budgets and expenditure. The proposed initiative is self sustaining. it will become a national annual initiative for the Country.

How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)

Their worries was whether the Federal and State government of Nigeria would allow the implementation of this project.

What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (You can attach a timeline or GANTT chart in place of a written plan, if desired.) (1000 characters)

The first activity is National Aggressive Awareness: This will culminate into notifying the prospective local government council according to the 6Geo-political regions by sending a situational report template to them in preparation of the first Geo-political project implementation. The 6 Geo-political Zones are: North Central, South-South, South-East, South-West, North –East, and North-West. In every Geo-political Zone, the following activities would be carried out; The Strategic Stakeholders Engagement workshop. The Strategic Stakeholders Fieldwork. The engagement would be followed by Field work to carry out progress evaluation of the impact created by the implementation of the project. The Benchmark Analysis Activities. The Benchmarking Analysis Activities would identify the gaps and facilitate the development the progress report.

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (Feel free to share an organizational chart or visual description of your team). (500 characters)

implementing this initiative will be a collaboration between our team at Quaestrion & Planus and our technical partners. The technical Partners will include; Social Progress Initiative, Hageplex Technologies, Servicom Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Media Right Agenda, MSH, Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Budget Planning, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and SDGs Office.

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. 2. SOCIAL PROGRESS 3. SERVICE DELIVERY 4. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT. 5. COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY & OWNERSHIP 6. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. 7. STRATEGIC STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT 8. GOOD GOVERNANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY

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. (www.nulge.net)

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 Frances  Medina
Team

Hi Douglas!

Such an important part of pushing for social changes is educating communities about what they can do and how they can get involved. How are you looking to do that with general population? In the long run, we'd like to figure out ways to mobilize communities to be more involved in local government relation. but are figuring out our angle. Take a look at our project https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/improve/imaginacion-post-maria-designing-justice-after-disaster/comments#comments-section and let us know your thoughts!

Frances

Photo of Isaac Jumba
Team

Hi Douglas Itiat ,

Great idea foucusing on empowering local governments to be in a position to better address the needs of the locals in Nigeria.
I was curious for you to share with the community what the measure of success would look like exactly for your project, and how you would envision measuring direct impact.
As the beneficiary feeback comes to an end, we cannot wait to read through your updated idea including some feedback from the local communities and the user experience map.

Photo of Douglas Itiat
Team

Hi, Isaac Jumba,
Having the opportunity to engage the 774 local government Councils in Nigeria would undoubtedly bring the following developmental metrics and measure of success, but not limited to;
 Enabling the local government knows what work and what doesn’t work in the community’s development.
 Challenge the 774 local governments to engage in, measure and collaborate to achieve Sustainable Development goals.
 Reduce corruption and improve accountability within the local government systems.
 Help to introduce our communities best practices.
 The project would be the first time a national event is targeting the entire 774 local government councils as well as initiate a national monitoring and evaluation mechanism to bridge the gaps between developmental funds and actual impacts.
 Mitigate the climate Change challenges within the rural communities which account for over 75 percent of the damages.
 Build the requisite capacities and enhance the skills and competencies of the 774 local Government councils to enable them deliver service to the poor.
 Create wealth to address the abject poverty issues in the 774 local government councils across Nigeria.
 Partner with Social Progress Initiative to measure Social progress Index of the 774 Local Government councils of Nigeria.
 Partner with Servicom to measure Service delivery at the 774 Local Government councils of Nigeria.
 Work with other partners to bridge the skills/competencies gap to achieve peace, prosperity and sustainable planet, which focuses our ten thematic pillars.

1. ICT.
2. SOCIAL PROGRESS
3. SERVICE DELIVERY
4. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT.
5. COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY & OWNERSHIP
6. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
7. STRATEGIC STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT
8. GOOD GOVERNANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY

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Team

Hello Douglas Itiat 
Congratulations on making it to the shortlist. Now is the time to refine your idea, start prototyping it, and get feedback from real users. Please use these resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3G2w5FERlm5Z0Foc2ozT3dDa2M
• You might want to include a user experience map to provide a clear road map that the user will go through. Have you used interviews to gain feedback from your future beneficiaries of your initiative?
• Can you please outline the activities that will be undertaken during the 12-months timeline. implementation phase? What will the project timeline look like? Please outline key deliverables and milestones
• I would be interested to see the various steps you would take to implement this project, and the role that each stakeholder or partner will play
• How do you intend to raise awareness of this initiative and replicate it in other regions where similar ethnic violence is observed?

Photo of Douglas Itiat
Team

I will try again to upload my user experience map. The internet service provider I subscribed to was having a network issue and I did not know that the upload did not get through.
Prior to commencing the project there would be Project Technical Partners Roundtable where all technical partners would be brief of their roles and responsibilities in the project, deliverables as well as milestones in the execution of the collaborative and partnership relationship.
The first activity is National Aggressive Awareness: This will culminate into notifying the prospective local government council according to the 6Geo-political regions by sending a situational report template to them in preparation of the first Geo-political project implementation. The 6 Geo-political Zones are: North Central, South-South, South-East, South-West, North –East, and North-West.
In every Geo-political Zone, the following activities would be carried out;
The Strategic Stakeholders Engagement workshop.
The Strategic Stakeholders Fieldwork. The engagement would be followed by Field work to carry out progress evaluation of the impact created by the implementation of the project.
The Benchmark Analysis Activities. The Benchmarking Analysis Activities would identify the gaps and facilitate the development the progress report.
Consequently, after engaging all the Local government councils in regional events, according to the 6 Geo-political zones, the last activities would be where the entire 774 local government councils would be engaged and the national report would be presented to all the stakeholders.We plan a two months project timelines for each geo-political zones.
As the lead partner, we would only engage partners with requisite skills and competencies as well as the competitive advantage in the area of our thematic pillars. We have a long working relationship with some partners already. Taken further, we will also establish new partnership with others to achieve the project outcome.
During our beneficiaries’ feedback phase of the project, we engaged the National Union of Local Government Employees, a national trade union organization with over 1 million active members from the 774 Local Government in Nigeria. As our key partner, the National Union of Local Government Employees already has the platform to reach the 774 Local Government and would be willing to mobilize the 774 Local Government Council to participate in this initiative. We intend to invite key representatives from other 5 regions when commencing with the North-Central region. We plan to produce IEC (information, Education & Communication) materials that would be share as well as engage actively on social media and project website.

Photo of Anubha Sharma
Team

Dear Douglas,
Your ideas are interesting, was disappointed to see you were not able to complete the user beneficiary phase..

Photo of Douglas Itiat
Team

Dear Anubha,
I did complete the user beneficiary phase and i thought it uploaded when i did. However, the internet network provider i used here in Nigeria was having serious issues. So sorry to know now that it didnt upload. Hope i can remedy this situation.

Photo of Anubha Sharma
Team

i hope so too

Photo of Jill LaLonde
Team

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
Team

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

Photo of Jean-Marc Mercy
Team

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.

Photo of Douglas Itiat
Team

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
Team

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?

Photo of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
Team

Hi Douglas,
This sounds like a fantastic idea to bridge issues pertaining to peace, prosperity, and planet in Nigeria. I'm wondering, given that you've already worked with 6 out of the 774 government councils, what are some challenges that you anticipate facing as you scale up this project, and what are some of the strategies you have developed in preparation for your next stage?

Photo of Douglas Itiat
Team

Hi SHOFCO,
Thank you, I am humbled by your generous comment. Having worked and interacted with 6 out of 774 government councils, I am confident that at the scale up stage if we are successful, we would put to use some tools we have designed into our initiative to address the challenges that would bring impacts to the communities.