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On Nigeria Big Bet: 2019 Evaluation Report

February 28, 2020

Since 2015, the MacArthur Foundation's On Nigeria strategy has sought to reduce corruption by supporting Nigerian-led efforts that strengthen accountability, transparency, and participation. Its theory of change builds on Jonathan Fox's "sandwich theory," which leverages the interplay between a push from below, by which citizens demand change ("voice"), and a squeeze from above to encourage public and private institutions to develop and enforce laws and regulations ("teeth").As of January 2020, the On Nigeria strategy has made 138 grants (totaling $66.8 million) that are a proving ground to develop and test a range of tactics and entry points for addressing corruption. Corruption is complex and ever-evolving, and progress toward the goal of reducing it will most certainly not be linear nor simple. Thus, On Nigeria reflects a multilayered strategy, comprising five areas of targeted programming, or modules—the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) Program, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Intervention Fund, Electricity Distribution, Criminal Justice, and Media and Journalism; and three cross-cutting areas—behavior and social norm change, civil society pressure for government accountability, and election-related efforts.The goal of this paper is to provide the latest information from the ongoing evaluation of On Nigeria, facilitate learning, and serve as one input to determine the next stage of programming. The evidence presented explores the strategy's progress to date, the validity of its theory of change, and status of windows of opportunity in the strategy's landscape.

Capturing Quality, Equity & Sustainability: An Actionable Vision with Powerful Indicators for a Broad and Bold Education Agenda Post-2015

May 1, 2015

The World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien in 1990 marked the first concerted effortto prioritize educational development around the world, and subsequent meetings continueto advance the global agenda for what education—and the world—could become. In 2000,the EFA and Millennium Development Goals laid out the first set of concrete and actionablegoals to increase development and improve access to education for all children. Our educationgoals were instrumental to our development goals. In 2015, development goals have shiftedto Sustainable Development Goals, and the education we promote must follow suit. The mainaim of the post-2015 goals is to cultivate life-long learners and develop Global Citizens who arecommitted to eradicating poverty and ensuring dignity, human rights, and social justice in theirhomes, communities, and countries.