Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Program
Nigerian citizens need more tools and resources to learn how to productively contribute to reform at the local, state, and national levels.
Decades of authoritarian leadership in Nigeria have done little to promote good governance or collaboration between governmental institutions and nongovernmental organizations. To support the implementation of key democratic reforms in Nigeria, the USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) program helped civil society organizations and citizens become more involved in reform processes. Encouraging citizens to participate in governance and advocate for themselves, the program equipped them to better influence institutions that serve public interests. SACE was dedicated especially to boosting the participation of marginalized populations — such as women, youth, and the disabled — and emphasizing the importance of their leadership and innovation.