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 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
- 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
- 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
|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|
|Programme Manager, NILS-CAP|
|Assistant Manager Accounts, NILDS|
|Admin Officer, NILS-CAP|
- National Institute For Legislative and Democratic Studies
Plot 2824, Danube Street, Off IBB Way, Maitama, PMB 123, Garki Abuja, FCT900001, Nigeria
- Valentina A. Tetteh
Programme Manager / Responsable du Programme