This series of technical briefs provides an overview of the Nigeria SACE Program’s approach and the tools used to put it into action. It also describes prospects for sustainability and lessons from project implementation.

Implemented by Chemonics, USAID’s five-year Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Program in Nigeria differed from most civil society organization (CSO) capacity development and governance projects by taking a different approach to the traditional formula of enhancing capacity development and strengthening government accountability. Rather than using grants to support CSOs to implement a linear project strategy focused on management-centered capacity development approaches, SACE adopted a systems approach based on the principles of accountability ecosystems and collective impact to achieve improvements in accountability and governance.

Technical Briefs