The Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health in Nigeria Project

Overview: A social accountability investment implemented through the strategy of partnership building of indigenous NGOs, champions and activists to catalyze government at national and state levels in Nigeria to fulfill their commitments on child and family health.

Overarching Goal: To strengthen indigenous CSOs to form strong supportive partnerships which will work together to advocate for accountability, transparency and responsiveness of government at the national and state levels in areas of policy, budgets and administrative regulations for child and health.

Specific Project Outcomes

  1. Increased capacity among 7 CSOs to work together in partnership to advocate for CFH commitments at the national and state levels in Nigeria
  2. Increased knowledge in the development community in Nigeria on the challenges and opportunities for engaging indigenous CSOs in advocacy interventions on CFH
  3. Increased implementation of the National Food and Nutrition Security Plan at the national and state levels (in 3 states) in Nigeria
  4. Increased fulfillment of existing family planning related policy and financial commitments by the Government of Nigeria at the state and federal levels
  5. Strengthened national treatment guidelines with Amoxicillin adopted as first line treatment for childhood pneumonia by 2016 and with increased buy-in and support for zinc/ORS for treatment of childhood diarrhroea by the end of the project
  6. Increased political commitment by the Nigerian government to meet its routine immunization obligations (including resource requirements, strong program implementation etc) at the national and state levels (in 3 focal states)
  7. Increased capacity among program media professionals in Nigeria to create awareness and to report on government’s fulfillment of its commitments in CFH.

Aim: To catalyze the Nigerian government’s responsiveness to commitments through a range of advocacy activities initiated by sub-grantee CSOs, which will build new partnerships of CSOs, the media and individual activists to engage government using evidence and strategic approaches. 4

Activities: Will revolve around six clusters:

  1. Organizational and technical capacity building activities to strengthen sub-grantees
  2. The advocacy preparation and materials development work of the 7 implementing CSOs
  3. Building support within government by creating champions for change
  4. Mobilizing activities which includes working with the media and expanding the CSO coalition
  5. Advocacy convening and follow-up activities
  6. Monitoring, evaluation and learning

Beneficiaries: Women of reproductive age (15-49) and children aged 0-5

Programmatic Scope: Covers four key issues in CFH

  • Family planning
  • Nutrition
  • Routine Immunization
  • Pneumonia

Geographic Scope:

  • 6 geopolitical zones & FCT
  • Focus on national & state

Strategic Approach:

  1. Partnership building
  • Primary level (grantee/sub-grantee relations): Strong & inclusive implementation partnership through complementary work-planning process
  • Secondary level: Sub-grantees will build advocacy implementation partnerships with other CSOs, the media and advocates


The development Research and Project Centre (dRPC)

SN Partner Roles& Responsibilities
1 Civil Society Initiative for Scaling-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) Nutrition
2 Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON)
3 Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Legislative advocacy
4 Federation of Muslim Women Organization of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Strategic mobilization
5 Association for the Advancement of FP Family Planning
6 Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pneumonia
7 Community Health & Research Initiative (CHRI) Routine Immunization
8 National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS)


Project Phases:

Inception Phase (November 2014 – May 2015) – Period will be used for project start-up activities to prepare for roll out once the new government is sworn in a Federal and state levels. Activities will include:

  • Institutional capacity building
  • 1 project start-up general meetings of the PCC
  • 3 bi-monthly meetings of the PIC
  • 3 organizational CB workshops (financial management, M&E & project management)
  • 2 PCC meetings

Scale-up Phase (June 2015 – March 2017) – Implementation phase

  • Identify new advocacy targets
  • Strong partnerships built
  • 40 potential champions identified within government to participate in the 2015 & 2016 leadership development workplan at NIPSS

AAFP: Activities – Activities to increase achievement of intermediate outcomes in FP

Intermediate outcomes:

  1. Strengthened advocacy among CSOs in Nigeria to ensure that FP remains a development priority at national and state levels
  2. Increased capacity of CSOs to advocate, track and monitor FP funding at national levels and in 3 focal states in Nigeria
  3. Strengthened constituency of national FP champions that advocates for FP at various national for a and in the media
  4. Improved policy environment at national level and in 3 states in Nigeria