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State Peer Review Mechanism (SPRM)

The SPRM

The States Peer Review Mechanism (SPRM) is a unique innovation by the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF). It is designed to assist States to foster good governance and accelerate the pace of their development through periodic reviews of progress in the implementation of their development policies, plans and programmes. This would be achieved by sharing experiences among States and reinforcing the commendable and innovative practices unveiled in the process. Through participation in the peer review process, State Governors are able to learn from their peers about innovative and good practices that they could adapt and adopt in their respective States.

WHY THE SPRM?

The mandate for the SPRM flows from a resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC) in 2007, where all States of the Federation agreed to peer review themselves in a manner modelled after the African Union (AU) Peer Review Exercise. The resolution was subsequently endorsed by the Governors under the NGF platform and the Forum assumed the responsibility of developing and implementing the SPRM. Pursuant to this resolution, the NGF mandated its Secretariat to develop the SPRM, drawing on resources available within relevant organisations such as the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs), and development partners.

As a first step, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat (NGFS) embarked on an assessment of development projects across States between 2009 and 2010. Although the reviews were not based on benchmarking standards, they provided an opportunity for the States visited to highlight their achievements and share their areas of challenges with the NGF review team. The Secretariat consequently developed a robust database and a set of reports on all 36 States.

In 2009, the NGF collaborated with the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC), which is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme, to produce a systematic peer review process. This was then launched in April 2011.

Since its inception in 2011, the SPRM has demonstrated its usefulness as a tool for advancing good governance and improving development performance at the sub-national level. It has become the NGF’s flagship programme. The SPRM is also acknowledged as the first of its kind at the sub-national level in the world, and is already helping to re-invigorate the art of governance in States in which it has been implemented.

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The SPRM

The States Peer Review Mechanism (SPRM) is a unique innovation by the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF). It is designed to assist States to foster good governance and accelerate the pace of their development through periodic reviews of progress in the implementation of their development policies, plans and programmes. This would be achieved by sharing experiences among States and reinforcing the commendable and innovative practices unveiled in the process. Through participation in the peer review process, State Governors are able to learn from their peers about innovative and good practices that they could adapt and adopt in their respective States.

WHY THE SPRM?

The mandate for the SPRM flows from a resolution of the National Economic Council (NEC) in 2007, where all States of the Federation agreed to peer review themselves in a manner modelled after the African Union (AU) Peer Review Exercise. The resolution was subsequently endorsed by the Governors under the NGF platform and the Forum assumed the responsibility of developing and implementing the SPRM. Pursuant to this resolution, the NGF mandated its Secretariat to develop the SPRM, drawing on resources available within relevant organisations such as the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs), and development partners.

As a first step, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat (NGFS) embarked on an assessment of development projects across States between 2009 and 2010. Although the reviews were not based on benchmarking standards, they provided an opportunity for the States visited to highlight their achievements and share their areas of challenges with the NGF review team. The Secretariat consequently developed a robust database and a set of reports on all 36 States.

In 2009, the NGF collaborated with the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC), which is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme, to produce a systematic peer review process. This was then launched in April 2011.

Since its inception in 2011, the SPRM has demonstrated its usefulness as a tool for advancing good governance and improving development performance at the sub-national level. It has become the NGF’s flagship programme. The SPRM is also acknowledged as the first of its kind at the sub-national level in the world, and is already helping to re-invigorate the art of governance in States in which it has been implemented.

 

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