Vision: To promote an inclusive democracy in Nigeria, and indeed Africa, deepened by strong, issue based political parties whose policies serve the interest of citizens. Mission: The Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre builds the capacity of political parties and leaders for an inclusive democracy, serving the needs of citizens by networking with national, regional and global partners, undertaking research, training, conferences and workshops.

Staff Profile

OUR BACKGROUND

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru has set up the Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre (PPLPDC). The principal aim of the centre is to help develop capacity of political parties and institutions in order to improve the democratic quality of political engagement. Political parties are crucial for the stability and dynamics of a democratic political system. They provide the platform for citizens to associate with like-minded people, to debate among themselves and across party political divide, and to develop a vision for their societies.

In their march to take their rightful place in society political parties in developing countries such as Nigeria have tended to face daunting challenges. In many countries, the dominance of one or two political parties has stifled competition, reducing the freedom of choice. Moreover, allegiance towards a party could sometimes be determined by ethnic or regional interest, reflecting the virtual absence of party ideology. What is more, arising from this, the extent to which parties take clear andconsistent policy positions has been weak. In addition some vulnerable groups women, youths and the physically challenged have tended to suffer from a period of relative neglect in their appearances as leaders and actors in many political parties in the country.