The six (6) pilots States started to compile the Social Register through the State Operation coordinating Unit (SOCU) from year 2014. Numbers of targeting phases in each State (is  now may be you can now input the data of each state) . The Social Register uses a combination of 3 targeting mechanisms:


  1. Geographic targeting: Use of the poverty map for the State to provide a basis for classification, ranking and selection of participating LGAs. Poverty map was sourced from CSDP in some states while ministry of Bureau of Statistics supplied some in some other states. The Community Based Targeting usually starts from the poorest LGAs (per senatorial zone) in terms of resources, amenities, infrastructure, household income etc
  2. Community Based Targeting (CBT): The Community identifies, validates and selects specific members of that community to be enrolled into the Social Register based on their subjective poverty criteria.


The CBT Process


  • Advocacy visits to LGA Management on role of LGAs in selection of poorest communities in phases from their ranked list (some community stakeholders are involved in community ranking), and on selection of Desk Officers in the LGA.
  • Screening and Training of LGA Desk Officers and Enumerators on CBT Principles and Practices by SOCU. 3-4days for CDOs while 2days training for the enumerators
  • Sensitization and mobilisation visits to identify Community leaders and create awareness, disseminate roles and mobilise for Community Engagement to ascertain agreed date, time and venue for the community engagement
  • Community Engagement visit (This is Focus Group Discussions of homogeneous groups (men, women, youths). Each group comes up with criteria for identifying Poorest and Vulnerable Household amongst them and consensus is reached by the entire community on the harmonised lists. List is signed by Community Leaders and Community Grievance Redress Mechanism representatives both male and female, for ownership. At the end of the exercise the list is read out to all the community members seated for transparency and a copy of the signed list is handed over to the community GRMs
  • The harmonised households identified by the community are enumerated using Computer Aided Personal Interview hardware and software, and their data is captured in the State Social Register. 
  • The CDOs later bring in all their deliverables/ worksheets from the field such as cardboards displaced during the community engagement, the attendance list and pictures taken during the exercise to SOCU office to appropriate unit
  • Federal Operation Coordinating Unit (which coordinates all SOCUs) and World Bank validate and approve the data for acceptance into National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO)’s National Social Register. Different pro-poor interventions are then allowed to select their potential beneficiaries from SOCU Register using their selection criteria and are at liberty to re-validate the beneficiaries before engagement.