CALL FOR APPLICATION
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is calling for application from registered political parties in Nigeria to participate in its inaugural Political Manifesto Design Laboratory (Manifesto Lab). By parties that have never won any election or control significant portion of available elective offices at local government, state and national levels in Nigeria. Recognising the Lab as a critical component of CDD’s political party program ahead of the 2019 general elections, it will focus on building capacity of political parties, especially the newly formed political parties, on agenda-setting and how parties’ policies/programmes should be developed to gain political support and acceptance during elections. The manifesto lab will give parties the opportunities to learn the rudiments of not just manifesto preparation but how to prepare party programs that are Nigerian specific and can win votes. Through the Lab, key members of the political parties will gain practical knowledge, guidance and understanding on methods of developing an inclusive, ideological-driven and implementable party programmes, which would contain not merely a collection of campaign promises but also clearly articulate implementation strategies for making pledges a reality. Eligibility criteria Application is OPEN to all political parties in Nigeria. Application procedure Application for political parties opens on the 22nd of January and closes on the 9th of February 2018. For submission of application, assigned person should complete application form on our website (cddwestafrica.org) Selection process For a political party to send in a representative for the program, assigned person MUST complete application form and respond to all compulsory questions (marked*). Additionally, a political party MUST upload picture of its nominee, letter confirming nomination of its nominee by NEC and post-Manifesto Lab program plan. PLEASE NOTE: The programme will be organized in batches. About CDD The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently registered in Lagos - Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The Centre was established to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development processes in West Africa, and also to provide alternatives and best practices to the sustenance of democracy and development in the region. CDD envisions a West Africa that is democratically governed, economically integrated. The mission of the centre is to be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in the West African sub-region.