Southwest Heads of Reform Coordinating Agencies inaugurate Community of Practice
Heads of Reform Coordinating Agencies (RCAs) in Southwest Nigeria have adopted a regional Community of Practice as a platform for learning. The CoP aims to support RCAs in Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States to share best practices, suggest ways to handle reform-related challenges within states and harmonise reforms within the region.
The agencies represented include the Public Service Transformation Office (PSTO) in Ogun State; the Office for Transformation, Creativity and Innovation in Lagos State; Office for Transformation, Strategy and Service Delivery (OTSSD) in Ekiti State; and the Department for Public Service Reforms and Development (DPSRD) in Ondo State. Osun and Oyo States were also represented at the forum, though they are yet to formally establish reform coordinating agencies.
As part of the inauguration, the Heads of RCAs participated actively in sessions designed to improve the management of reform and knowledge management processes in the Southwest states. The sessions helped to broaden and deepen understanding of reform coordination within government structures and to use information, communication and knowledge management strategies to achieve reform objectives.
At the end of the forum, participants agreed to hold quarterly experience sharing sessions to tap lessons and communicate useful practices for governance reforms. The CoP aligns with the overall regional strategy of DFID-PERL in the Southwest, to facilitate knowledge exchange through learning structures for improved governance processes.