Total Awarded: $23.9 Million
Total Grants: 102
Geographic Focus: Nigeria
Duration: 2002 - 2012
MacArthur began its Nigeria Human Rights program in 2000 in the wake of a democratic transition that brought potential and new energy for raising the level of human rights protections after two decades of military rule and repression. Between 2000 and 2012, the Foundation made 102 grants totaling nearly $24 million for projects addressing protection and promotion of human rights; legal and judicial reform toward the inclusion of international justice standards; and accountability of public safety institutions, such as the police, and democratic institutions, such as the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
In 2014, new social, economic, and political realities in the country suggested the need for refreshing the program strategy based on a review and evaluation of the earlier work. In keeping with this need, the subsequent evaluation sought to shed light on changes since 2000 in the Nigeria human rights landscape, the Foundation’s response to those changes, and the extent to which funded activities had contributed to strategic aims. It also hoped to learn more about the impact of the Foundation’s investments – what were the main results of the grantmaking, what was the Foundation’s primary contribution, and what lessons could be drawn for future grantmaking. To address these questions, 37 grants totaling $13.8 million (58% of the investment) were sampled. Projects represented a geographical and thematic spread; grants over $200,000 were prioritized. Information was collected through desk review of historical documents of MacArthur grantmaking and grantee reports and publications; attendance of grantee-organized events; and interviews with individual grantees, experts in relevant sectors, government officials, and MacArthur staff.
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