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Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP)

Children are registered before having their HIV test, Benue state. Photo: STARS Foundation/Kristian Buus. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Learning, Evidence and Advocacy Partnership (LEAP), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), is a two-year programme that aims to strengthen the evidence base for governance reform in Nigeria. LEAP is one of three pillars that make up the DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance programme that brings together governments and citizens groups to collectively address governance challenges associated with the delivery of pro-poor public goods and services in Nigeria. ODI manages the strategic direction and day-to-day activities of the LEAP programme, which provides expert research and technical support to PERL. 

LEAP is comprised of three work streams:

  1. Learning and adaptation;
  2. Evidence and research;
  3. Communications and knowledge management.

LEAP has two key objectives, which all work streams contribute towards. Firstly, to enhance the ability of PERL’s two other pillars – Accountable, Responsive and Capable Government (ARC) and Engaged Citizens (ECP) – to assess their results, learn and adapt programming accordingly in real time, enhancing PERL’s capacity to deliver accountable governance through improved monitoring, learning and evaluation (MEL) for adaptation.

Secondly, to strengthen the evidence base on governance programming and its implications for reform, both in Nigeria and further afield. LEAP works to strengthen the demand for and use of evidence in public sector reform, highlighting PERL’s distinctive contributions to improved governance and service delivery in Nigeria, as part of a 20-year investment in adaptive programming.


Yetunde Adegoke, Gareth Williams, Paola Abis, Jem Cairney, Tobechukwu Nneli, Dele Aderibigbe, Onyinye Okakwu, Adekolapo Adegboyega, Tiina Pasanen, Ed Laws, Helen Derbyshire, Tom Aston, Jon Mitchell, Avery Parsons Grayson, Clare Cummings, Samuel Sharp

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