We are leading the coalition of CSOs working to reform Nigeria's governance.

2014 — The BudgIT Foundation


Years Active

2014 - Present


Iyanu Bolarinwa

In 2014, BudgIT Foundation, Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), and Media Rights Agenda formed the Open Alliance as part of the collective action to spur the Nigerian Government to join the global Open Government Partnership OGP.

The Open Alliance has morphed into a coalition of over 150 Civil Society Organisations CSOs. It has built the capacity of over 1,400 Civil Society Organizations CSOs, Community Based Organizations CBOs, and Faith-Based Organizations FBOs on budget analysis, advocacy, and tracking. Across the 36 states of Nigeria, The Open Alliance seeks to promote good governance accountability on the principles of OGP and ensure citizens derive maximum benefit from openness and transparency needed for inclusive development and efficient service delivery.

Open Alliance led the development of Nigeria’s first National Action Plan in 2016 following the letter of intent to the OGP secretariat and supported the NAP2 development in 2019. In October 2016, the Alliance partnered with the Ministry of Justice to organise a National OGP Retreat, which brought about the attendance of the OGP CEO and the Support unit for a 3-day engagement with relevant stakeholders. In addition, in partnership with international donor organisations, Open Alliance has led several other workshops, training, and meetings to educate stakeholders across the state and non-state levels on the principles and benefits of the OGP.

Open Alliance has established itself as the leading coalition of CSOs working on reforming governance across the country. Nigeria became a member of the OGP in 2016. The Alliance has grown from three members to over 150 members spread across the 36 states of the country. Currently, the Alliance is striving to ensure state governments adopt the OGP and has secured the interests of 19 states.

Through BudgIT and CentreLSD, Open Alliance continues to support states and non-state actors to develop their State Action Plan (SAPs) to ensure the continuous implementation of the OGP.