Ekiti March to RenewalAn overview of the Justification and substance of DFID Support By Sina Fagbenro-Byron Regional Coordinator DFID South West Lagos
PURPOSE:To support reforms that promote more effective and efficient use of state resources as key to promoting institutional and socio-economic development in Nigeria and achieving the MDGs.INFORMED BY:A. The government’s strategic priorities as captured in clearly articulated development Agenda (e.g Ekiti 8 Point)B. The Three Pillars of the Country Partnership Strategy (DFID, World Bank, AfDB, USAID) 1. Improving Governance (general and sector-specific) 2. Improving Human Development –health, education 3. Sustaining Non-Oil GrowthC. Consultations between DFID and its programmes with state government officials and other stakeholdersD. Experience of recent past assistance
History of DFID-Ekiti State Engagement1. DFID Ekiti office opened in 2001 April2. Initial work included: 1. SJG - Security 2. CUBE – Basic Education 3. Insecticide Treated nets - Malaria 4. PATHS – Health Policy 5. Ekiti Rural Access Programme (ERAP)3. DFID Ekiti Office- Closed as a result of creation of a SW regional office opened in 2004 and moved to Lagos, after Lagos was declared a lead state due to population and reforms consistent with DFID’s agenda and vision.
Current Ekiti Re-Engagement – Logic 1DFID support assessment mission to Ekiti State was agreed upon at a meeting between H.E. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the DFID Nigeria Head of Office, Mr. Richard Montgomery in Abuja, December 2010.At that meeting, the Governor of Ekiti State asked for specific help around implementation of his 8-point agenda for the recovery of the state and it was agreed by both parties that early in 2011, a team of independent consultants would visit Ekiti State to identify what, if anything, DFID Nigeria could do to assist.
Mutual Understanding1. Strong commitment to tackling MDGs evidenced by increasing expenditure on primary health, primary education and water.2. Strong commitment to improving governance demonstrated through more credible, realistic and transparent budget and procurement processes.3. Strong commitment to the reducing poverty and unemployment through enabling private sector-led growth initiatives.4. An Assessment be commissioned by DFID to identify critical areas of support
ASSESSMENT FINDINGS IMPERATIVES FOR 8-POINT AGENDA1. The state needs to develop viable economic sectors to reduce poverty and grow its revenue-base2. Need for inclusive planning (and Monitoring) to cater for women and vulnerable groups3. Public Finance Management reform is crucial for improving resource availability and utilization4. Service-wide transformation is needed for enhanced service delivery capability5. Institutional arrangements and mechanisms are needed to sustain participation6. State needs to review and codify laws to reflect current realities7. An effective judicial system is needed for a conducive business environment
INTERVENTIONS STATUS 1. SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE Work commences on 17th October , Consultants have been (Coordination, Transformation Bureau, Public Expenditure Mgt engaged with clear TORs and mobilised Framework, MDG Office.) 2. COMMUNICATION STRATEGY Communications Field researched to be engaged TORs ready(Corporate Comms. Strategy, Stakeholder Engagements, Media) Stakeholder –communicating MDGs to public 3. PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY Done: Next steps include implementation(improving the business environment, reducing govt distortion and improving access to finance) 4. STATE VOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY Self-assessment of state legislature completed (Legislative support, Justice Sector & Quick wins in replicating More capacity Building expected lessons from their existing work) Justice for ALL programme is expected to support Ekiti In Justice Secice deklivery 5. RELEASE EXISTING LANDSAT DATA ON EKITI Satellite imagery obtained but discovered to be dated and (to help with policy development. comprehensive review of state inadequate , Ekiti State needs to commission a fresh and morestatistics and baseline data generation capacity for immediate and modern one long term planning) 6. KNOWLEDGE AND LESSONS SHARING- SW Regional Heads of Services –up-coming (from various DFID Technical Assistance programmes at State level ) 7. SW REGIONAL MDG CONFERENCE IN EKITI STATE Done – Report being awaited