Case study on corporate planning processes with the state-level programmes in Nigeria

Case study on corporate planning processes with the state-level programmes in Nigeria

Public sector management reforms in Nigeria face a number of challenges that have limited the scope, speed and quality of service provision. Issues of unclear priorities, inadequate resource mobilisation and institutional capacity constitute some of the biggest challenges. The Nigerian Government is increasing its efforts to address these challenges through effective public sector management reforms.

Five State-Level Programmes (SLPs) aim to assist governance reforms in Nigeria. One of the methodologies used by the SLPs in their work with key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) is corporate planning (CP). CP is the process that helps organisations to define or clarify their medium- to long-term objectives, priorities and operational plans in light of their mandate. It also helps to determine how the organisation should organise its financial and human resources to achieve its mission.

This case study reviews the use of the CP framework by SLPs in their engagement activities with state partners as an example of a successful knowledge transfer and exchange between various offices, SLPs and beyond. This document focuses on several specific examples of CP across states and programme offices, and reviews circumstances that affect the outcomes of the process. The last section presents specific lessons learned from the implementation of the CP process in key MDAs and general SLP cooperation notes.

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