The overall aim of SAVI engagement with SHoAs is to promote lasting reforms that are not dependent on external funding and which promote an increasingly more responsive and accountable relationship between Nigerian state governments and their citizens. SHoAs are supported to be more effective agents of citizen voice and public accountability, demanding better performance from the executive arm of state government on behalf of citizens and holding the executive to account. Our support is designed to:
- facilitate SHoAs independence from State Executives
- build linkages between elected members and citizens
- strengthen members’ skills and systems in budget analysis and oversight
- broker and support complementary work and working relationships between elected members and media and civil society groups representing citizens’ interests.
We focus our support on issues and processes that elected members themselves prioritise and drive forward, and in which they invest their own resources.