Delivering development programs in Nigeria is highly complex. Home to more people than any other African country and a political system broken into more than 36 states and 700 localities, Pact works across multiple sectors and actors to combat corruption, promote democracy and improve health. Our funding partners run the gamut from the U.S. Government to private foundations to corporations, and our on-the-ground partners include Nigerian ministries and civil society organizations focused on advocacy, democracy and health.
Since 2005, Pact has helped forge partnerships between government and civil society, resulting in the passage of four significant national bills to fight corruption, including 2011’s landmark Freedom of Information Act.
In 2012, we worked with 96 local Nigerian partners, equipping them to improve internal processes and broaden their support.
Pact is carrying out two significant USAID-funded projects in Nigeria: one that focuses on HIV prevention and care in nine states, with special attention to children at risk of the infection, and another that works with local governments to improve their capacity, transparency and delivery of services to consituents.
In two northeastern states, Pact and its partners are making sure that mothers and their babies receive timely and effective health services and that frontline health workers have the training they need, thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In another state, mothers are also benefitting, as Pact and four local health organizations work to reduce high rates of HIV spread from mothers to their babies. The project is part of Chevron’s worldwide effort to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission.
In both health projects, Pact is using innovative mobile data collection.
We equip community health education workers known as CHEWs with specially equipped mobile phones that capture real-time data as well as send timely texts regarding health reminders and updates. The effort helps ensure results that make lives measurably better.