About PERL

The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) is a governance programme, funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in Nigeria. PERL brings together governments and citizens groups to collectively address governance challenges for improved delivery of pro-poor public goods and services.

PERL works in seven ‘places’: at the federal/national level, in the focal states of Kano, Kaduna, and Jigawa, and through regional learning and reform hubs in the South-West and South-East. PERL also works in the North East, where the focus is on strengthening the coordination of recovery efforts in Yobe and Borno states. PERL combines a highly innovative programme architecture, recognises the challenging political economy of Nigeria, and the need for a flexible, adaptive, and locally-led approach.

The programme is implemented through three ‘pillars’ which plan and act together to support sustainable service delivery reforms

How the Pillars Work

The pillars facilitate reforms through deliberate joint and separate but complementary actions.

PERL aims to facilitate:
  • Strengthened processes, practices and capabilities within government that ensure more accountable and effective use of public resources
  • Effective constituencies that are increasingly influencing governments on service delivery and policy issues on behalf of increasing numbers of Nigerians (including women and other normally excluded groups)
  • Strengthened the use of evidence by Nigerian governments, policy communities, and development partners in delivering more effective public-sector reform