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Policy and Governance Reforms

Policy change rarely happens overnight and is often linked to a broader change in the political environment. Effective advocacy requires long-term as well as short-term thinking, an understanding of the points of resistance and the means to gain traction, the readiness to form alliances, and the flexibility to seize windows of opportunity- This is where we come in. We deploy several advocacy techniques, from critical engagement such as policy monitoring and public accountability, policy dialogue, through organised campaigns for policy change, to pathfinder and demonstrator projects that can inform and influence future policy-making.

Our competence in driving public sector institutional reform in states, developing communities and institutions is getting larger and draws on experience our network of professionals with peer degree in civil service reform, decentralisation, policy setting, policy formulation, policy advocacy, and policy coordination, and institutional change in both formal and informal institutions.

Making governance work and supporting a smooth transition from one era to another while sustaining machinery of reforms in successive governance is always a task that requires public participation, citizen engagement, and creative intelligence. At Clement Isong Foundation, working with available resources, we leverage critical resources to address the gaps that developing societies face in enabling driving good governance, enabling legislations one that works for everyone.

We undertake active interventions with the explicit goal of influencing government policy by developing clear and unified solutions, investing in relationships strategically, employing or developing the skills of policy entrepreneurs, securing the interest of policy champions, reframing policy issues to appeal to values and beliefs, amplifying the frame so that these issues become becomes top-of-mind for policymakers and the general public, while also increasing public will, interest, and participation in governance processes.

 

We engage in “pro-poor advocacy to influence political decisions and actions that respond to the interests of people who directly face poverty and disadvantage. Our team at CIF dedicates huge amounts of time and resources towards creating or changing policies, laws, regulations, distribution of resources, or other decisions that affect people's lives and to ensure that such decisions lead to implementation.

Our advocacy efforts are directed at policymakers including politicians, government officials, and public servants, but also private sector leaders whose decisions impact peoples' lives, as well as those whose opinions and actions influence policymakers, such as journalists and the media, development agencies, and large NGOs.

We help to harness the input of citizens and support coalitions that aggregate the interest of our stakeholders, power players, and gatekeepers in areas of public policy including transparency and accountability through effective and efficient public financial management. We support town hall engagements, grassroots mobilizations, public hearings, social audits as well as oversights of public service. Hence we institutionalise a governance architecture that engenders public trust because it thrives in commitment, accountability, transparency, and the rule of law.

We advocate for reforms that aim to tackle underlying problems of motivation and behaviour by addressing formal and informal institutions by co-creating public policies and facilitating the ideas of reforms to reality.

Our advocacy stems from our drive for growth, social and equitable development. Our reform obsession involves tightening the belt of all parties to our collective peace, prosperity, and progress to address political, economic, and social challenges faced in Nigeria and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

We take a deeper look at the structure of a community or region and its governance systems to identify where decisions are taken and how the various components connect. The process goes to increase the potential and an actual (positive) competition faced by organizations and communities.

It is conceivable that CIF reforms objective is to improve the internal efficiency of public sector organizations through the introduction of inclusive and participatory budgeting, changing the incentive and regulatory framework, and investing in new capital and training We believe in public policymaking which places emphasis on policy implementation based on existing realities and promotes involvement and participation of citizens at the grassroots.

Our approach towards tackling public policy-related issues involves data collection and analysis as a tool to present comparisons to and gaps in existing policies.

We believe that the principles of democracy and its tenets must be enshrined in our practice such that the dividends of democracy are available and accessible to all. Our efforts revolve around the idea of people-centric governance, which upholds the fact that citizens are the biggest stakeholders of the state and the conscious recognition of their role and preservation of their rights and dignity is a requirement for a healthy democracy. We believe that a nation deprived of gainful opportunities, necessary for its flourishing will prove to impede the development of human capital and the preservation of global security. CIF thus works towards providing an understanding of policies and how it affects the overall performance of government and governance.

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Meet Clement Isong

Clement Nyong Isong, CFR (20 April 1920 – 29 May 2000) was a Nigerian banker and politician who was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (1967–1975) during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. He was later elected governor of Cross River State (1979–1983) in the Nigerian Second Republic.

He studied at University College, Ibadan, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics.

He taught economics at the University of Ibadan before joining the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as secretary, later becoming director of research.

He was seconded to the International Monetary Fund as an adviser in the African Department.

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