The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funds a portfolio of seven 3-year grants in Nigeria focused on government accountability to maternal and reproductive health. Awarded in 2013, the portfolio focuses on four accountability strategies–budget analysis, community mobilization, legal approaches, and maternal death audits–spans three government levels (federal, state, local), 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and five geopolitical zones.
As part of a series of evaluative activities for this portfolio, the Foundation commissioned EnCompass LLC to refine the portfolio theory of change, conduct a baseline, and build grantee capacity to monitor their grants. The Foundation is prioritizing a learning-focused evaluation over the life of the grants that illuminates aspects of the portfolio strategy that are working well and could be improved to strengthen maternal health accountability in Nigeria. This report provides landscape metrics through the lens of the four accountability strategies that will be used to assess progress and results at midline and endline, and inform the grant portfolio going forward.