Thinking and working politically: Lessons from FOSTER in Nigeria

Heather Marquette, Elisa Lopez Lucia, Joanna Buckley, Neil McCulloch

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Abstract

The Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER) was a £14 million programme that has helped Nigeria to transform its governance of the oil and gas industry. FOSTER ran from 2011 to mid-2016, and used an explicit ‘thinking
and working politically’ (TWP) approach. It was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by Oxford Policy Management (OPM). This paper seeks to identify the factors that drove – or constrained –
FOSTER’s achievements, and asks what this can tell us about TWP, particularly in challenging political and sectoral contexts.

FOSTER sought to help strengthen oversight and accountability in Nigeria’s oil sector. It aimed to support reformers within government institutions that ‘supply’ accountability (those governing how oil and gas revenues are collected and managed), and to support civil society organisations, parliament, the media and the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to ‘demand’ reform. In addition, FOSTER commissioned a series of studies and provided media training to help broaden understanding of the sector and highlight the need for reform.
This paper examines the outcomes from five ‘clusters’ of FOSTER interventions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDevelopmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham
Pages1-28
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Publication series

NameDevelopmental Leadership Program
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
No.DLP Research Paper 48

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