Second Grant to Follow the Money

Awarded on 29 Jan 2015

Connected Development (CODE)

Nigeria

Democratic participation and civil society, Free flow of information, Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £20,000.00

In March 2015, Nigerians go to the polls to vote in Africa’s largest election. Yet a vote every four or five years does little to ensure responsive, responsible day-to-day government for ordinary citizens. This is a problem recognised by the Follow the Money team in Nigeria, who we have just supported with a £20,000 grant. Follow the Money aim to provide a feedback loop between citizens and governments mediated by technology. In this work, they open up datasets, provide training in open data and conduct data advocacy campaigns, such as their recent Relocate Gutsura campaign. In this campaign, the team used social media, citizen testimony and a high tempo advocacy campaign to force the government to finally release funds promised to the flood-prone Gutsura community to enable them to relocate to a less vulnerable area. This latest round of funding is intended to enable them to continue these and other operations and primarily covers core and salary costs. They will be holding more training courses and workshops, releasing more open data and conducting the advocacy campaigns for which they have become known. We look forward to providing updates of their activities here on the blog.