The State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) is a DFID-funded programme in Nigeria supporting citizens, civil society groups, media houses and State Houses of Assembly to be more effective agents of citizen voice and accountability. The aim is to support these partners to play their part in more responsive, accountable and inclusive state-level governance, which makes a difference to people’s lives. The programme has a budget of £29m and works in ten Nigerian states, with a total population of 62.5 million people. SAVI started in 2008 and the current phase will come to an end in 2016. Phase two is being planned.
The long term goal is for Nigeria’s own resources to be used more efficiently and effectively to achieve the MDGs – and the medium term goal for selected state governments to be more efficient and effective in their use of public resources. SAVI focuses on supporting State House of Assembly elected representatives, civil society groups, media houses and citizens to be more effective agents of citizen voice and accountability in support of these goals.
SAVI has five core areas of activity:
- Supporting civil society partnerships to develop replicable and sustainable approaches to engaging citizens in effective issue-based policy advocacy and monitoring
- Supporting civil society partnerships to develop replicable and sustainable approaches to engaging citizens in government budget and planning processes
- Promoting more open and inclusive communication and understanding between citizens, civil society groups, media houses, State Houses of Assembly and state governments
- Strengthening systems for transparency, public engagement and financial oversight in State Houses of Assembly
- Encouraging other development partners to take more sustainable and replicable approaches to strengthening citizen voice and accountability