Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships

To achieve our objectives, the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) will fund scholarships for outstanding Nigerians and Ghanaians to undertake an intensive post-graduate world-class training in governance and public policy.

We have entered into a partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government to provide this training. Every year since 2017 , five scholarships are awarded to Nigerian and Ghanaian candidates to attend the Blavatnik School to pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. Upon graduation, Afica Initiative for Governance scholars will be expected to return home and apply their learning experience as change agents in their home country’s public sector.

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Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Fellowships

Recognizing the need to have accomplished public servants who will act as a resource for developing transformational initiatives on public sector leadership and governance, the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) has made available a Fellowship tenable at the BSG.

Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Fellowships are open to senior officials or practitioners in Nigeria and Ghana who have made outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of a policy that has had a meaningful impact on growth, development and the public good in Africa. Below is a list of past Africa Initiative for Governance Fellows:

2016-2017 Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Fellow - Professor Attahiru Jega, former Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the inaugural Africa Initiative for Governance Fellow of Practice. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Bayero University, and Kano and has published extensively on Nigerian politics, elections, democratisation, and transition to democracy.

2017-2018 Africa Initiative for Governace (AIG) Fellow - Justice Mrs. Georgina Wood (Retired), first woman to occupy the position of Chief Justice of Ghana. She is a currently a member of the Council of State of Ghana – a body established under the country’s Constitution to counsel the President in the performance of his functions. She also serves on the boards of international justice and human rights organisations such as the Global Justice Center.

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Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Index on Public Sector Performance

In taking cognisance that a supportive environment is needed for trained talent to be transformative, the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) is embarking on the compilation of an annual statistical assessment of public sector performance in Nigeria. The Africa initiative for Governance Index, as it will be known, will act as an independent and objective measure of performance, and assist in placing Africa Inititaive for Governance Scholars in public sector positions with transformative potential.

The Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Index will, in essence, be integral to building good governance based on measurable criteria, and serve as an index to measure performance in terms of delivery and impact. Effectively, the Africa Initiative for Governance Index will function as KPIs for government officials, and be a critical component in transforming the public sector.

Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Award for Public Leadership and Governance

To accord value for excellence in the public sector, there will be a coveted Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Public Sector Award given to high performers for meritorious service in the public sector.  The nomination and selection process for this award will be made public in 2017.