What are the Perspectives of Stakeholders on Integrated Development in Nigeria? Findings from a Survey among Program Managers, Donors and Policymakers

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.09.02.Art027

Authors : Edward Adekola Oladele, Tolulope Oladele, Utibe Ebong, Olusesan Ayodeji Makinde, Robert Chiegil


Integrated development generally refers to integrated implementation of quality interventions within or across sectors aimed at stimulating development. Funders/donors, policymakers, and programme managers are key stakeholder groups that determine the success of integrated development interventions. A shared convergence in their perspectives enables joint plans and actions. Our objectives were to determine the perspectives of integrated development, among selected stakeholder groups in Nigeria, and to discuss implications for practice. This was a quantitative survey. We used a multi-stage random sampling technique to select a representative sample of 301 key stakeholders in Nigeria. We analysed the data using SPSS. Almost half (49.5%) of these respondents were senior level stakeholders and 46.5% of them had over 10 years of experience. Respondents’ perspectives of the meaning of integrated development varied. Respondents mostly (69.8%) felt that ID meant multi-sectoral interventions. Perspectives also varied by stakeholder type, sector and characteristics. Enhancing collaborations and strengthening human capacity was the predominant benefit among funders/donors (70.4%) while the most predominantly expressed benefit among the policy makers (78.9%) and programme managers (78.3%) was that ID yields more impactful and sustainable interventions. These findings clearly show that nuanced communication of integrated development is needed to achieve consensus and programme success.


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