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USING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT TO INFUENCE POLICY: THE CASE OF THE NIGER DELTA HDR. Ayodele Odusola Senior Economist & Policy Advisor UNDP, Nigeria. Background. The Niger Delta & the paradox of poverty Methodology a combination of secondary, quantitative and qualitative methods

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using human development report to infuence policy the case of the niger delta hdr

USING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT TO INFUENCE POLICY: THE CASE OF THE NIGER DELTA HDR

AyodeleOdusola

Senior Economist & Policy Advisor

UNDP, Nigeria

background
Background
  • The Niger Delta & the paradox of poverty
  • Methodology
    • a combination of secondary, quantitative and qualitative methods
    • 4 consultative stakeholders meetings
  • Co-funded by UNDP & SPDC
  • Launched by the President during ND Consultation Group Meeting
key findings
Key Findings
  • Paradox of poverty
  • Failure of governance in the region
  • Conflicts & youth restiveness
  • Environmental degradation
  • High level of development disparity at the local level
  • Development reality does not reflect the HDI
human development agenda
Human development agenda
  • A Seven-Point Agenda was proposed
    • Agenda 1: Promote peace as the foundation for development
    • Agenda 2: Make local government effective & responsive to the needs of the people
    • Agenda 3: Improve & diversify the economy
    • Agenda 4: Promote social inclusion & improved access to social services
    • Agenda 5: Promote environmental sustainability to preserve the means of people sustainable livelihood
    • Agenda 6: Take an integrated approach to HIV&AIDS
    • Agenda 7: Build sustainable partnership for the development of human development
influencing policy
Influencing Policy
  • Advocacy tool for influencing NEEDS2 and 7-Point Agenda of the Federal Government
  • Decentralized derivation policy at sub-national level promoted
  • Intensification of SCR of oil companies
  • Promoting M&E framework –consultation group
  • Changed government approach from militancy to dialogue
  • Increased donors support in the region
lessons and conclusions
Lessons and Conclusions
  • Data is a major challenge - NBS
  • Making HDI to reflect the practical reality of poverty and deprivation – governance, infrastructure & social exclusion
  • Leadership matters in influencing policy
  • Know your real audience