NILS-CAP at a Glance

The National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS-CAP), is a project that supports the National Assembly of Nigeria and the other 14 National parliaments, who are member states of ECOWAS, as well as the ECOWAS regional parliament, by strengthening the capacities of the parliamentarians and parliamentary staff towards promoting good governance and economic development at both the national and regional levels.

The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), is an organ of the Nigerian National Assembly, established by an Act of Parliament in 2011 to replace the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), which made significant impact on capacity enhancement of the Nigerian legislature. Building on the gains made by PARP, NILS’ mandate has been expanded to go beyond the Nigerian Legislature to legislatures in the West African sub-region.

On January 26th, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the National Institute for Legislative Studies (Amendment) Act, 2017, hence the expansion of the institute to include democratic studies and the change of name to National Institute or legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS. This expansion mandates the Institute to provide capacity development services to democratic Institutions and governance in Nigeria and beyond.

Funding For NILS-CAP

NILS-CAP is jointly financed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Assembly and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The first Grant Agreement and funding protocol for the implementation of NILS-CAP phase I programmes, between NILDS and ACBF was signed on the 27th of March 2014 for the implementation of a two year capacity building project from 2014 to 2016 to promote good governance in the West African sub-region.

Following a successful implementation of NILS-CAP 1 from April 2014 to July 2015, the ACBF granted an extension for the continuation of NILS-CAP I in 2017. Four (4) Regional Training Programmes for parliamentary staff of ECOWAS member states were earmarked for the Extension, and implemented between March and July 2017.

The second Grant Agreement between the ACBF and NILDS was launched on 10th July, 2017 for a one year project to improve formulation and implementation of economic and financial policies within Africa, particularly West Africa. This phase of the project spanned for one year and was completed on 30th September 2018.

NILDS remains ACBF’s anchor-institution 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.

NILS-CAP Programmes

NILS-CAP supports the Nigerian parliament and the other 14 National parliaments in the ECOWAS member states as well as the ECOWAS regional parliament, by strengthening the capacities of the parliamentarians and staff towards promoting good governance at both the national and regional levels.

NILS-CAP Phase I Programme Components and Sections
Four components were covered by the NILS-CAP 1, which included institutional strengthening, training, networking and research, with seven sections in the work plans for 2014 and 2015.
These included:
  • Dialogue Sessions for Parliamentarians and Stakeholders
  • Tailor–Made /Open International Training Programmes for members of the ECOWAS Parliament
  • International Training Programmes for Parliamentary Staff
  • National Programmes for Parliamentary Staff
  • Networking/Exchange Activities
  • Research and Publication
  • Capacity Strengthening of NILS
NILS-CAP Phase II Programmes
Regional activities were implemented between August 2017 and July 2018 for parliamentarians in the West African sub-region, in the form of Dialogue sessions and workshops around 2 themes:
  • Improving dialogue and consultation among parliamentarians towards effective implementation of sub-regional trade, security and agricultural policies; and
  • Improving the capacity of parliaments in West Africa to enhance effective financial oversight.
NILS-CAP Technical Committee
NILS-CAP Technical Committee operations are directed by a Technical Committee made up of the Following:
Director General, NILS Chairman
Secretary General, ECOWAS Parliament Member
Director Research and Training, NILDS Member
Director Legislative Support Services, NILDS Member
Director, Parliamentary Affairs & Research, ECOWAS Parliament Member
Bureau Manager, ECOWAS Parliament Member
Programme Manager, NILS-CAP Secretary
NILS-CAP Secretariat
The Secretariat is manned by the Following:
Programme Manager, NILS-CAP
Assistant Manager Accounts, NILDS
Admin Officer, NILS-CAP
Contact Information
  1. National Institute For Legislative and Democratic Studies
    Plot 2824, Danube Street, Off IBB Way, Maitama, PMB 123, Garki Abuja, FCT900001, Nigeria
  2. Valentina A. Tetteh
    Programme Manager / Responsable du Programme