MacArthur announced today nearly $6.5 million in funding to advance anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. The grants are part of the Foundation’s On Nigeria grantmaking, which seeks to reduce corruption by building an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country.
The grants support nonprofits working to inform and empower communities in the fight against corruption and to promote anti-corruption as a national priority in advance of the 2019 Presidential and Assembly elections. They include support for efforts to strengthen systems and study what works to reduce corruption. These awards build on decades of Foundation support for projects to enhance credibility, integrity, monitoring, and security around past elections. They continue MacArthur’s recent support for organizations working to capitalize on the national momentum and increased political will to tackle corruption, with projects ranging from monitoring and transparency measures around the political process to public education about the costs of corruption.
“The country has begun an important process of addressing the corruption that plagues it on so many levels,” said Kole Shettima, Director of MacArthur’s Nigeria Office. “It is more important now than ever to keep anti-corruption work front and center on the national agenda, and to empower people and communities with the information and platforms they need to advocate for themselves and fight for the issues that impact their daily lives.”
The grants include:
On Nigeria grantmaking supports Nigerian-led efforts to address the corruption, impunity, and lack of accountability that have posed major governance challenges in Nigeria, with far-reaching impacts on the well-being of Nigerians and development in the country. The Foundation is focused on reducing incidences of petty corruption that citizens experience every day, addressing issues of grand corruption that siphon needed resources from the public sector, strengthening the criminal justice system, and building citizen demand for and confidence in anti-corruption efforts through support for independent media, journalism, and entertainment organizations. MacArthur has been making grants in Nigeria since 1989, opening an office in Abuja in 1994 staffed by Nigerians.