As the Nigerian representative for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Udo Jude Ilo supports civic education and media campaigns on political participation, human rights, natural resources management and freedom of information. By building partnerships with local and regional groups that promote inclusive, democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and active citizenship, Ilo advocates for a robust civil society that holds political institutions accountable. One of his major accomplishments has been his involvement in the design of the Civil Society Election Situation Room, a hybrid form of election observation that engages with key stakeholders in real time to address challenges arising from elections – without waiting until after the elections to fix the problem. This initiative contributed significantly to the success of the 2011 and 2015 elections in Nigeria, and has been replicated across several African countries. Ilo used his fellowship to delve deeper into the expanding roles of citizens in the protection of democracy. He looked at lessons from the struggle for voting and civil rights in the U.S., the movement for gender equality and other contemporary social movements to create a more just and inclusive democracy.


Open Society Initiative for West Africa


Country Officer and Head of Nigeria Office

Areas of Interest

Development, Human Rights, International Affairs
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Program Year



Single Nation/Region Program

Country of Origin


Destination Country

United States