Fellow Since 2006
Human Support Services
This profile was prepared when Emeka Nsofor was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Nigeria’s citizenry lacks the necessary information and tools to participate effectively in its own governance, thus preventing democracy from flourishing. To address the problem, Emeka empowers communities by involving constituents in the political decision-making process and holding elected officials accountable for their policy-making. Emeka encourages greater participation in civic life and builds effective constituencies by equipping grassroots and rural dwellers with the necessary skills and opportunities to utilize their democratic institutions and collectively determine their own economic and social plans for development. He helps communities design development strategies and then enter into social contracts with elected officials to ensure their plans are implemented. Emeka also educates the communities on the process of recall as a last recourse for removing poorly performing politicians from power. He is the first person in Nigeria to develop social contracts between communities and elected officials as a way of ensuring civic participation and good governance.