However, challenging does not mean impossible. Two public sector governance programmes working in ten of Nigeria’s 36 states are showing that, even in exceptionally challenging political and socio-economic contexts, tangible advances can be made. These programmes have achieved worthwhile results by facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships to address issues that really matter locally, and adopting internal management arrangements that, within certain limits, support flexible, iterative and adaptive ways of working.
This policy brief examines the experience of the two programmes, showing how they have demonstrated the potential for change with innovative working methods. It then considers the programme management arrangements that have made these ways of working possible. Finally, it sets out some remaining constraints faced by programme leaders in further operationalising the approach.