Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD)
1.0 Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD)
Center for Development Support Initiatives CEDSI, was engaged by United Nations Development Program to facilitate the engagement of stakeholders in the South-South geo-political zone of the country.
The Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD) seeks to deepen democracy in Nigeria by facilitating the development of the capacity of national and sub-national institutions, networks and processes of governmental and non-governmental organizations as a contribution to further the entrenchment of democratic governance. Constitution review is an important process that requires sustained engagement by CSOs and the citizens in order to sustain the momentum and enhance the prospect of getting issues that affect the welfare of Nigerian citizens into the amended constitution.
Specifically, the project seeks to:
- Create an enabling environment for electoral reform as a priority subject among other constitutional issues listed for amendment.
- Assess and evaluate the quality of citizen participation and input in the ongoing constitution review process
- Create an enabling environment for public consultation and accountability reform as a priority subject among the constitutional issues for amendment
- Promote citizens participation in moving electoral reform, citizenship rights, public consultation and accountability reform issues into the political arena and strengthening their capacity to monitor each strand of the process
- Monitor the National Assembly and state houses of assembly at every stage of the Constitution review process in order to ensure they address the priority issues demanded by the Nigerian people in the constitutional amendment process, and,
- Empower the citizens to play their role by holding public officials accountable