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Improving governance in Nigeria
Daniel Rogger (UCL Economics) has been involved in strengthening government programmes in Nigeria, in close partnership with the National Presdiency, during his time as a PhD scholar at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His work has helped to improve fiscal analysis and policy design at the national level and has provided impetus to civil service reform.
The work included:
- Coordinating analysis of pro-poor expenditures by the Federal, State, and Local governments. The results provided an understanding of the nature and extent of existing funding gaps, and helped to produce a pro-poor strategy to achieve the nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Based on IFS research, initial drafts were produced that would help focus resources on policies that had been demonstrated as best-practice in the areas of most significant need. The plan is now government policy in the ‘Countdown to the MDGs’ strategy. Further information and a copy of the report
- Assisting the Government in drawing on existing evaluations of public schemes to document and communicate best practice to state- and local-level officials, thereby improving intergovernmental communication of effective policies.
- As part of a nationwide survey of the civil service, collecting information from a cross-section of officials on the bottlenecks they faced in their work using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The IFS worked with the Presidency and the Office of the Head of the Civil Service to survey 6,000 civil servants from across Nigeria’s three tiers of government. The report on bottlenecks in Nigeria’s civil service was adopted by the Head of Service, which commissioned it as a new pillar of civil service reform. The document is currently being processed by the government for implementation. See Federal Government of Nigeria’s ‘Voices from the Service: Official Recommendations’ (2011).
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