The Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were adopted by world leaders in 2000 have been widely acclaimed as a global compact for reducing human deprivation and achieving sustainable development. Nigeria was among the countries that acceded to the declaration and over the years been committing resources towards the achievement of the Goals.

CDD’s project on Deepening democratic governance through raising capacity for MDGs have been so far supported by the European Union, DFID through the Coalitions for Change, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC).

some of the key activities that we have implemented around the Millennium Development Goals from the inception of its implementation in 2007 till date:

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation of Nigeria’s Debt Relief Gains on the Millennium Development Goals

This programme has been implemented over the last eight years and is funded by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President in Millennium Development Goals. Over this period, the CDD has produced over 5 National reported and submitted same to the Nigerian Government.

The Centre for Democracy and Development is the appointed National CSOs a position CDD has occupied since the commencement of the project in 2007. Her roles include general coordination of 45 civil society organizations (CSOs) engaged in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of DRGs funded projects and programmes in Nigeria under the auspices of the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs

  1. Strengthening Budget Transparency through Public Participation: Monitoring the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) and State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (SEEDS)

The project was implemented in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria with a specific focus on the following states: Osun, Kano, and Cross River, Anambra, Borno, Jigawa states and the FCT. As part of the project implementation, CDD engaged policy makers and technical staff members of the National Planning Commission and their State counterparts and civil society allies in the development of the NEEDS and the SEEDs economic policy blueprint.

Specifically, the research and advocacy work was mainly in 3 sectors, Health, Education and Water Resources. The CDD and the state civil society partners carried out quarterly analysis of budget implementation to ascertain whether it is in line with the commitments made in the NEEDS and SEEDS document. This process was further enhanced through advocacy and dialogues around issues that underpin sustainable development in the focal states and nationally.

The quarterly analyses done on the project were published in a newsletter called the Public Finance Watch. 

  1. Monitoring of the Virtual Poverty Fund

The project ‘Monitoring the Virtual Poverty Fund’ was aimed at monitoring the implementation of projects funded by the Debt Relief Gains in the country. The intermediaries’ intervention is at two levels. Firstly, working towards strengthening institutional capacity within the MDAs in three critical sectors – Education, Health and Water Resources for delivery of the MDGs. Secondly, Tracking/Monitoring the Virtual Poverty Fund to ensure accountable, transparent and effective use of the Fund as a strategy for enabling the government achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The focal states are: Cross River, Benue, Enugu, Gombe, Kano and Lagos States.

  1. Can Nigeria meet the MDGS in 2015?

A collection of works by Nigerian scholars and activists with experience in development planning, policy process and policy making provides an assessment of the progress and challenges of meeting and surpassing the MDGS in Nigeria.

  1. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress, Prospects and Policy Implications.

Was informed by a need for Nigeria to rethink framework as it enters the last phase of the MDGs

  1. Breaking Point: a review of progress towards the attainment of the MDGs in Nigeria.

It was prepared for “Breaking with Business as usual: Perspective from Civil Society in the Commonwealth on the MDGS and was funded by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC). The research was conducted to x-ray the prevailing situation on the achievement of the MDGs in Nigeria with a view of the approaching deadline of 2015.


7.Partnership that works: Monitoring the Implementation of MDGS in Nigeria.

This publication was an account of CDD’s experience in promoting people centered development agenda, fostering partnerships for attaining the MDGs and building capacity for monitoring and evaluation of the MDG exercise. it offers a reflection on the lessons learnt that if sustained might be helpful to scaling up efforts towards the attainment of the MDG goals.