SAVI Approach Paper 6: Engaging Civil Society

SAVI state teams provide support to CS groups to become more effective agents of citizens’ voice and public accountability, through a variety of mutually reinforcing interventions. These include:

  • hands-on support to demonstration civil society Advocacy Partnerships (APs)
  • facilitating working partnerships between civil society APs, SHoAs, and the media
  • brokering working relationships between all of these non government actors and the state government
  • facilitation at a more strategic level of a better enabling environment for citizen engagement in responsive state governance

These initiatives demonstrate to local actors, through experience, ways of working that help citizens to influence state government action, and help state governments to be more responsive, inclusive and accountable to their citizens. The overall aim is to promote working relationships and processes of reform that are home-grown, self-sustaining and not dependent on external support.

SAVI Approach Paper 6: Engaging Civil Society PDF

The SAVI programme came to an end in April 2016. The same management team are now implementing the follow-up programme, the Engaged Citizens Pillar of the new DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) programme in Nigeria, which started in May 2016. This programme will take a similar approach to SAVI, and this SAVI website will link to the PERL website as soon as it is established.