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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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
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