Nigeria

Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and full of entrepreneurial activity, an often-neglected observation under the wave of adverse media reports on the country’s security situation. While there are high levels of corruption and violence in Nigeria - much of it linked to its oil-producing regions and the hydrocarbon economy - there are also significant opportunities for reform.

With oil prices volatile and plummeting, the need to move the economy away from oil and gas is viewed as pressing by domestic stakeholders. The impending Presidential elections of 2019 and frequent absences of the country’s president due to supposed ill health have already destabilised the country. But although politics is seen as fierce and chaotic, it appears to be solidifying the institutional mechanisms of changing rule through elections and coalitions.

Nigeria hasn’t yet plunged into a constitutional crisis nor seen high levels of internecine violence, which at the turn of the century would have seemed possible. While the nature of instability is that conditions could go either way, the opportunities for political representation run deep in Nigerian politics and representatives are unlikely to trade these for a complete return to authoritarianism.

These changes in the political settlement will impact upon policy design and outcomes. ACE’s sectoral analysis points to feasible and high-impact opportunities in productive sectors that would help to tackle corruption, meaning that our incremental approach will adapt well to these changing dynamics. With our partners, we believe the pursuit of reforms at sectoral levels will lead to more broad-based positive developmental outcomes for the country.

Working papers

Projects in Nigeria

Skills in Nigeria

The shortage of technical skills in Tanzania has been one of the most fundamental constraints to its industrial development. Vocational training institutions are funded by a skills levy collected by t...

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Power in Nigeria

This cross-country project will trace the evolution of such local firms and analyse their impact on growth in their respective sectors. It will attempt to isolate proactive policy from their experienc...

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Business Groups in Nigeria

This cross-country project will trace the evolution of such local firms and analyse their impact on growth in their respective sectors. It will attempt to isolate proactive policy from their experienc...

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Health Providers in Nigeria

This cross-country project will trace the evolution of such local firms and analyse their impact on growth in their respective sectors. It will attempt to isolate proactive policy from their experienc...

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Bribery Game in Nigeria

In Lagos, we will conduct a household level survey experiment using an embedded bribery game. Participants of the survey will be randomly assigned to a control group, or to one of several condition gr...

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Extractives in Nigeria

Analysis suggests systemic reform will be difficult to achieve in extractives in Nigeria given the distribution of power. Our approach will be to collect data and map the interdependent network of pol...

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Fertilisers in Nigeria

This project will examine centralised and technology-enhanced distribution modalities that have recently been introduced into fertiliser subsidy programmes in Nigeria and Tanzania - two of the largest...

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Nigeria’s EFCC

The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been at the forefront of activist anti-corruption agencies in Africa. It has been instrumental in charging and prosecuting senior polit...

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Sectors

Public Goods & Infrastructure

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Productive Sectors

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Governance Agencies

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Tanzania

Tanzania is a fast-growing economy, with growth rates above average for Sub-Saharan Africa since 2005; a stable though evolving political settlement; and robust macroeconomic performances. While two t...

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Bangladesh

However, Bangladesh also suffers from chronic problems of poor governance that results in political crises e.g. the boycott of the 2014 election by the opposition BNP, high levels of corruption and po...

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