Thursday, 05/12/16 10:55 AM

This advocacy Project is expansive and is based on our conviction that transparency needs to be pursued through diverse and complementary mechanisms, if money is to be well spent in the Family Planning and Reproductive (FPRH) sub-sector in Nigeria. We recognize that all stakeholders that play a role in supporting or investing in the Family Planning and Reproductive (FPRH) sub-sector in Nigeria have a responsibility to act to increase transparency. This understanding forms the basis of this project titled Publish What You Pay in the FPRH Sub-Sector in Nigeria.

This project is with a mission to promote transparency and accountability in the FPRH sub-sector in Nigeria. We will through this project mobilize a great number of civil society groups in demanding government and donor agencies to be transparency in their disbursement and expenditure of fund. PAC will mobilize other civil society organizations that will be part of the project to monitor and research the Family Planning and Reproductive (FPRH) budget processes, disbursement, expenditure, including reaching out to governments, donor agencies and multi-lateral and bilateral institutions to publish what is disbursed or expended.

PANSDI objectives are for Donor/Funding Agencies to "publish what they pay" and for governments to "publish what they earn" as a necessary first step towards a more accountable system for the management of FPRH revenues in Nigeria. If Donor/Funding Agencies disclose what they pay, and governments disclose their receipts of such revenues, then members of civil society in the countries will be able to compare the two and thus hold the government accountable for the management of this valuable source of income.

Also in the course of the project, we will train selected Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to partner with us in domestic monitoring of FPRH funds and programmes in their communities, thus we will be training and building their capacity in the following areas, auditing and accounting processes, lending and disclosure policies, as well as a wide range of other issues, including expenditure-side work to track revenues from government coffers to point of destination.

Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FPRH) in Nigeria is a programme that concerns a reasonable percentage of the adult population in Nigeria. This has an important role it plays in birth control and the economic wellbeing of a family. FPRH is one of the many programmes funded by donor agencies. One thing is for funds to be made available by donor agencies and another is the question of utilization.

Given, the sensitive nature of Family Planning and Reproductive Health in the economy, it becomes imperative to look at transparency and accountability of receiving Agencies in terms of goal attainment.

Our organization, therefore, seeks to trace funds so disbursed in Nigeria to make sure that they reflect the purposes for which originally such funds were meant for by the Donor Agencies.

The extent of transparency and accountability will reflect in the following areas:

  1. Whether materials were acquired for family health
  2. Whether the target group were reached
  3. The extent of coverage in the entire country

In the light of the above, we will organize capacity building program for civil society actors focusing on the value chain of the FPRH Sub-Sector. Our aim is to equip civil society with the knowledge to ask the right questions, at the right time, to the right actors, and choosing the right form of advocacy including enhancing civil society's capacity in promoting better management of FPRH services for the public good.

Also we will advocate for a participatory and transparent budget processes at national, regional and local levels in order to consult with civil society on the effective allocation and management FPRH funds in order to promote broad-based economic and social development.

The ultimate set of actions sought as a result of this work is that together with selected NGOs/CBOs, we will carry-out advocacy for the mandatory disclosure by way of publishing of money disbursed by donor/funding agencies and government disbursement including our monitoring if the said project, program or services which the money was disbursed for, if it was actually done and to what level or stage.

We will use print (National News Papers) and media (Television and radio) broadcasting including advocacy visits where we will carry-out forum-group discussions with different target groups at the community level including holding of Policy-Dialogue Conferences which will involve selected NGOs, CBOs and FBOs involved in FPRH in Nigeria.