Evaluation Period: 2015 - 2018
Total Awarded: $29.78 million
Total Number of Grants: 57
Geographic Focus: Nigeria
Since 2015, our Big Bet On Nigeria has supported Nigerian-led efforts to reduce corruption that strengthen transparency, accountability, and participation. The On Nigeria strategy builds on Jonathan Fox’s theory positing that corruption can be reduced through the sandwiching of “voice” initiatives, representing citizens’ actions to demand change and develop local solutions to corruption, and “teeth” initiatives, representing the efforts of government and other high-level actors to develop and enforce laws and regulations, using incentives to discourage corruption and sanctions to punish it. Additionally, the On Nigeria strategy supports skill building and collaboration efforts among and between “voice” and “teeth” actors to further develop the enabling conditions for systems-level accountability and transparency to take hold.
We are applying this strategy in five areas of work or modules. Two modules are anchored within the education sector, one focused on the Universal Basic Education Intervention Fund in Kaduna and Lagos states and the other on the Home Grown School Feeding program in Kaduna and Ogun states. A third module is dedicated to reducing corruption in the electricity sector, specifically regarding the distribution of electricity in catchment areas associated with the Abuja and Benin distribution companies. These sectoral modules were chosen for their potential to demonstrate how strengthened transparency, accountability, and service delivery can be seen and felt in daily lives of everyday Nigerians.
Two additional modules focus on improving the criminal justice system’s response to corruption and amplifying anticorruption efforts through the journalism and media field. Our strategy also funds a range of organizations whose work is intended to shift norms and behavior toward transparency and accountability, such as faith-based groups and those using entertainment to educate audiences about the pitfalls of corruption.
We developed a theory of change that identifies the initial outcomes we aim to achieve in each of On Nigeria’s modules, as well as the longer-term impacts that we expect to be institutionalized at a national level.
As of the posting of this report, we have supported 112 grantees, totaling $57.21 million in funding, through the On Nigeria strategy.
In 2016, we commissioned EnCompass LLC to serve as the Evaluation and Learning Partner for the On Nigeria strategy. EnCompass developed an evaluation and learning framework aimed at answering three overarching questions we posed:
To answer these questions, EnCompass systematically and continuously collects key information about the context of our strategy, measures progress toward the outcomes and impacts outlined in our theory of change, solicits feedback from key actors on the implementation of the strategy, and helps us learn from the synthesis of these data in order to make informed decisions about the design and overall management of our efforts.
This report presents the first synthesis of evaluation data about the On Nigeria strategy, which was collected between 2017-2018. During this time, 57 grantees were actively implementing grants, representing a total of $29.78 million in awarded funds.
The following conclusions can be drawn from the findings of this first synthesis report:
View the full report ›
MacArthur's evaluation philosophy ›