IDEA was engaged in a long-term country project in Nigeria from 1999 – 2004. The focus of the project was on supporting the evolving democratisation process in the country primarily by facilitating a dialogue based democracy assessment, led by a contact group of 42 Nigerian stakeholders from a broad variety of organisations and professions. The Democracy Assessment reviewed the state of democracy in the country and defined a democratic reform agenda which was printed as a handbook titled “Democracy in Nigeria; Continuing Dialogue(s) for Nation-Building”.
IDEA worked to disseminate the results of the assessment and facilitate further dialogue on democratic reform throughout the country.
IDEA also worked on a variety of other issues including;
• Technical support to the Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission
• Support to civil society organisations advocating constitutional reform
• Dialogue with political parties (Political Parties Forum)
• Facilitating debate on electoral reform (Election Roundtable)
While IDEA’s Nigeria Project concluded in 2004—IDEA continues to be engaged in Nigeria within the framework of the West Africa Programme. Current activities are;
• Political Parties: Nigeria is included as part of regional survey of political parties currently being conducted in West Africa. The surveys examine the internal and external environments in which political parties operate and engage political parties in dialogue at the national and regional level.
• Constitution Building Processes: The constitutional reform process in Nigeria is being reviewed and will be the subject of a case study to be included in an analysis of constitution building processes worldwide. The Nigeria case study will be used to understand the dynamics, roles and interests of stakeholders, as well as the opportunities for, and the constraints on, the provision of external support.