Systems Transformed for Empowered Actions and Enabling Responses

Project Overview

The Systems Transformed for Empowered Actions and Enabling Responses (STEER) project aims to improve the wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria. The project, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), provides orphans and vulnerable children access to comprehensive and coordinated services so they can realize their full rights.

STEER targets 625,000 children and 156,250 caregivers in seven states: Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Lagos, Cross River, and Sokoto.

The project is a consortium of five organizations, led by Save the Children International, in partnership with MSH, the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), the American International Health Alliance, and Mercy Corps. MSH leads the organizational development component of the project, in partnership with ARFH.

STEER's objectives are to:

  • strengthen families by building caregivers' capacity to serve as frontline care and support providers to children
  • strengthen community systems to identify vulnerable children, link them to needed services, and promote the creation of protective structures
  • reinforce state and local government leadership and ownership of the response to vulnerable children.

MSH works with the women's affairs and social development ministries in five states to achieve their goals, and also works with 46 civil society organizations (CSOs) across these five states to improve their governance and operational systems.

Improvement indicators include:

  • Most CSOs have reconstituted their boards, have become active, hold regular meetings, and are involved in CSO activities.
  • Systems and processes have improved, donors have found the systems of at least 10 CSOs acceptable, and these CSOs have been able to access additional funding.
  • All CSOs have improved financial and documentation systems.
  • All CSOs have shown improvements in organizational capacity assessments