Democratic Governance (EUSDGN)

Project Start Date: January 1, 2018

Project End Date: January 1, 2022

IPC is currently implementing Component 4b: Support to the media, of the EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN)  project.  The project which runs from 2018 to 2021 seeks to build a professional media as catalysts of democratic accountability, credible elections and good governance.

The overall objectives of the project are:

  • To deepen the role of the media (conventional and new/social) in promoting credible electoral processes, inclusivity, accountable democratic practices and service delivery
  • To facilitate the professional and ethical media coverage of 2019 elections and the processes leading to it.
  • To enable various stakeholders use the Freedom of Information Act as a tool to facilitate transparent elections, accountable democracy and service delivery.

The specific objective is to ensure that the media, including new and social media provides fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the electoral process and elections.

The project envisages the achievement of the following results:

  • Enhanced professionalism of media practitioners, especially women.
  • Media platforms diversify, deepen and deliver civic and voter education
  • Increased media awareness and use of FoI Act for accountability.
  • Improved media engagement in promoting women, youths and marginalized groups in politics.

The overarching goal of the project is to ensure that the Nigerian media fulfils the above broad objectives through activities that would ensure balanced and professional media reportage of the 2019 elections and the electoral processes leading to it. Through the project, the media would be expected to promote democratic accountability and ensure that the 2019 electoral process are participatory, equitable, transparent, free and fair.

Key stakeholder groups: The stakeholder groups envisaged for this project are those who play prominent role in the governance, democratic and electoral process either as governmental institutions, the civil society or the media. These categories of stakeholders include media professional bodies and support groups; reporters and editors; female politicians; young people and PWDs; the electoral management body and other institutional electoral stakeholders, etc.

Outline of activities includes:

  1. Baseline assessment and roundtable on Print/online media and engagement of electoral process.
  2. Monitoring of print/online media and documentation of electoral promises.
  • Media training workshops on best practices and professional reporting.
  1. Meeting of expert group to develop the content of a resource manual on election and democratic accountability reporting.
  2. Publication, launch and dissemination of resource manual on election and democratic accountability reporting.
  3. Stakeholders’ meeting to review, update, publish and disseminate “The Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage”.
  • Training workshops for 60 online journalists/bloggers on conflict sensitive reporting online.
  • Upgrade and running of the Nigerian Democratic Report (NDR) (www.ndr.org.ng) on social media platform for model reports and citizens’ online engagement.
  1. Capacity Building Media Workshop for political correspondents to deepen knowledge and expand the scope of use of New and social media in election reporting.
  2. Production and dissemination of enlightening and informative CVE/ICE on civic and voting processes as newspaper adverts.
  3. FOI Capacity building for journalists on using FOI for investigative reports and campaign financing.
  • Creation of FOI and SMS engagement platform/ online forum and coordination of engagement with key institutions on use of FOI as accountability tool in the electoral and political processes.
  • Reproduction of FOI Act and publication of manual for accountability reporting of the electoral process and advancing accountable governance.
  • May 28 Annual FOI Forum, Essays and Awards and awareness creation on FOI and democratic governance.
  1. Specialised training for female politicians on effective strategies and methodologies in engaging the media for visibility during electoral processes and success at elections.
  • Production and online dissemination of a short film/documentary addressing the low representation of women, youths, and PWD in the parliament.