Follow The Money: How citizen action on budgets led to 4 new classrooms and saved the taxpayer $6000

20141008_164503The Open Government Partnership and other similar initiatives have resulted in government data including budgets, contracts and procurement processes being made publicly available in some countries. Elsewhere, civic groups are working hard to access such information, which is crucial if they are to hold government and other authorities to account.

But releasing data in itself isn’t enough.  Community groups, NGOs, journalists and others must be supported to use this information to demand better.

ONE has created a Follow the Money page which documents stories about how citizens are using fiscal data to improve services and lives globally.

I recently wrote a case study about one of our grantees, Focal Integrity Cameroon, describing how they managed to access data that exposed corruption and brought children in Buea, the classrooms they deserved. Read all about them here.