NILS-CAP at a Glance

The National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS-CAP) is a project jointly funded by the National Assembly (NASS), and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) is an organ of the Nigerian National Assembly, which replaces the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), following the signing into law by President Goodluck Jonathan of the National Institute for Legislative Studies Act 2011 on March 2nd 2011.

The NILS-CAP which builds on the gains of PARP, is ACBF’s anchor-institution for promoting good governance in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region through the strengthening of the capacity of the legislatures. NILS has been chosen as a partner following its dependable profile in the training and retraining of legislators and parliamentary staff in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, which has been of tremendous benefit to the consolidation of democratic gains in the sub-region.

The first Grant Agreement and funding protocol for the implementation of NILS-CAP 1 programmes, between NILS and ACBF was signed on the 27th of March 2014.

Following a successful implementation of NILS-CAP 1 from April 2014 to July 2015, the ACBF has granted an extension forthe continuation of NILS-CAP 1, from January 2017 to March 2018.

In addition to the Extension of NILS-CAP 1, a second phase, (NILS-CAP II) has been launched on 10th July, 2017 with a new Grant agreement signed between the ACBF and NILS for the implementation of a one year project to improve formulation andimplementation of economic and financial policies within Africa, particularly West Africa.