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NIDPRODEV RECEIVES EUROPEAN UNION FUNDING
TO CONDUCT CITIZEN REPORT CARD SURVEYS
IN 120 NIGER DELTA COMMUNITIES

The European Union has awarded NIDPRODEV a grant to conduct Citizen Report Card surveys in 120 Niger Delta communities in the three southern geopolitical zones, beginning July 2010.

The future of Nigeria depends upon its children’s access to health, education, and opportunities. The purpose of a Citizen Report Card (CRC) is to provide public officials with the information they need to address the inadequacies of community life that threaten that future. A Citizen Report Card provides information about communities’ perceptions of government performance in the areas of  (1) public services (including health, education, drinking water, sewage, communication, and credit), (2) good governance, and (3) infrastructure/development.

This information will be shared with:

(a) elected officials in local and state government,
(b) federal government agencies,
(c) oil companies,
(d) international development organizations,
(e) local and national media,
(f) the world via the internet, and
(g) the community members themselves.

* The information will help public officials, oil companies and international development organizations deliver community programmes and projects that truly meet the needs of all community members.

* The information will help the media to write stories about the Niger Delta that talk about the humanitarian and development issues, rather than just focusing on violence and oil.

* The information will help communities in their dialogue with government actors about improved services and greater government accountability and transparency.

What happens after the community surveys are collected?

1. After the surveys are administered in the 120 communities using focus groups, NIDPRODEV programme officers send the surveys to NIDPRODEV’s main office for compilation and analysis.

2. At the same time, NIDPRODEV is working with each state’s Ministry of Education to write a Civic Education Reader that is easy to read and relevant to the lives of Niger Delta community people.

3. Once a comprehensive Citizen Report Card is finalized and the Civic Education Reader is published, NIDPRODEV staff and a local Advocacy NGO return to each of the 120 communities to deliver the Citizen Report Card, the Reader, and a training on Civic Education.

4. The Citizen Report Card is distributed to all stakeholders in hard and soft copy. It also is uploaded to the public domain and a text message via bulk SMS is sent to hundreds of stakeholders alerting them to the availability of the Citizen Report Card online.

5. In March and April 2011, a conference on the Citizen Report Card findings will be held in each geopolitical zone. Invitees include community leaders, elected officials and public servants, advocacy NGOs, and the media.

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