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National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS CAP)

  • Project Name:
    National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS CAP)
    Institution :
    National Institute for Legislative Studies
    • Core Competence:
      National Parliaments and Parliamentary Institutions
    Project Region :
    West & Central Africa
    Country :
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    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    900 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    NILS- CAP is a follow up to an earlier ACBF intervention in Nigeria through the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP). PARP was transformed from a project to a permanent Institute created under federal laws of Nigeria. The transition from a project to an Institute was in keeping with recommendations agreed to by ACBF and the National Assembly of Nigeria (NASS) during the implementation of PARP. Having played a key role to support PARP as a national project, ACBF now supports the newly created Institute to establish a foothold as a regional Institute to scale up legislative capacity development in West Africa. The Institute is the first of its kind in Africa.


    Project Description:

    The project objectives are to (i) enhance the capacity of ECOWAS Parliament and NASS to effectively carry out their mandate and responsibilities; (ii) foster learning and sharing experiences and best practices among legislators across ECOWAS countries and (iii) enhance the institutional capacity of NILS to deliver the legislative capacity building and research services in ECOWAS sub region. 

    Expected Results:
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana