Organisation: Follow the Money

Tracking development dollars and government spending is a complex business. But the impact that this money can have on everyday lives is tremendous. From sanitation to health centres and job creation to environmental protection, government spending can be an important catalyst for development. So when that money goes missing or when it’s spent on things other than originally […]

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I’ve recently been watching the excellent Danish crime drama, Follow the Money. The basic premise of the show is as follows: Renewable energy firm, Energreen, is exploiting migrant workers and indulging in some creative accounting practices in its search for ever greater profits. Enter Danish police, in the shape of fraud squad officer, Alf, and […]

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Visitors to the Indigo site may already be familiar with the work of CODE in Nigeria (formerly Follow the Money). CODE, which uses data, social media and offline campaigning to press for more accountable and effective government, has previously received funding from us and has grown from a small start-up organisation into a much more […]

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote you you about how Focal Integrity Cameroon supported communities to use financial data to expose corruption and demand better services, bringing new classrooms to school children in Buea. It’s not often we journey beyond the African continent on this blog but I’ve written a case study outlining how […]

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The 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 […]

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The following article was kindly prepared by Bolutife Fakoya, a communications specialist at CODE pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Biology at Swarthmore College in the US and has just concluded an internship experience with CODE. He is passionate about social development, research methods, youth engagement, and good music. Over cups of coffee and […]

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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 […]

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Today Al Jazeera published my article on the role of new tech in the upcoming Nigerian elections.  In turbulent times, the result is unpredictable but I’m proud of all the organisations on the ground who are giving their all to ensure that marginalised voices aren’t ignored and government decisions are being watched.  You can read […]

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When poor mining practices resulted in lead poisoning in Northern Nigeria, children were dying.  The government pledged funds, but they weren’t reaching the communities which needed it the most.  Follow the Money went about developing an offline and online strategy to ensure the funds reached the affected community.  Find out more in this article which I wrote for […]

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The following is a guest post kindly provided by the team at Follow the Money. On Friday 16 June 2014, the Follow The Money Team launched another campaign to help relocate about 3,000 citizens of flood prone Gutsura – a community in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria. The ‘Abuja Data Party’ was a follow up to our […]

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