Nigerian Policy Innovation Unit
Following the challenge of BVN registration, loan uptake and repayment, sustainable supply chains etc. experienced on the National Social Investment Programs (NSIP), it became pertinent to understand the behavior of beneficiaries with the aim of improving the delivery, uptake, and sustainability of all NSIPs. Consequently, in 2017, an interim behavioral science unit called the “Nigerian Policy Innovation Unit” (PIU) was set up and tasked to support the NSIO programs by developing testing and recommending behavioral interventions to solve challenges within the programs. This made the Federal Government of Nigeria be the first African government to commission a policy innovation unit dedicated to the use of behavioral theory, tools and testing to inform policy.
Studies conducted focused on the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF), the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT), N-Power and the GEEP microcredit loans (TraderMoni, MarketMoni).