Connected Development Initiative (CODE), is a Nigerian not-for-profit founded in 2012, and focused on empowering marginalized communities to demand goods and services by creating platforms for dialogue and building citizens’ capacity to hold their government accountable[1] through its Follow The Money (FTM) initiative.[2][3]

Connected Development Initiative(CODE)
FoundedStarted as a community activism and grass root movement in 2013 by Hamzat Lawal in Nigeria
HeadquartersAbuja, Nigeria
ServicesGovernance, Health, Environment, Sanitation, Gender and Education
Fieldsto improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa
Hamzat Lawal

History edit

Connected Development started as a community activism and grassroots mobilization. In 2012, the founder, Hamzat Lawal was grieved by the lead poisoning that took place in Zamfara state two years earlier.[4] When he realized that nobody was talking about the disaster and the people affected after killing more than 400 people, he embarked on a 14 hours journey to the community, Bagega,[5] where the incident took place in order to learn more about the aftermath of the problem.

This propelled him towards community activism and to start a grassroots movement known as follows The Money,[6] using data to hold government accountable, and demanding action from government agencies.[7][8] CODE has worked to improve public governance in Nigeria and across Africa by empowering marginalized communities to demand high levels of accountability and transparency from the government. Since its inception, it has been awarded various grants to carry out community development and citizen empowerment of marginalised communities.[9]

Vision and missions edit

CODE envision a world where all people even in the most remote areas of the globe can hold their government accountable.[10]

Work and achievements edit

  • In 2012, Connected Development initiated Follow The Money Campaign, an initiative that leverages technology and open data to track public funds and holds government accountable. The campaign started as a follow-up to No. SaveBagega, which brought the crisis scenario front and center to government officials who were able to channel resources to Bagega.[11][12] Through Follow the Money (FTM), connected development and partners mobilize more young people to use technology to document and amplify voices and hold governments to account.[13] FTM currently has 6,000 members from the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.[14]
  • CODE partners with Budgit to track COVID-19 Intervention Funds in 10 African countries[15]
  • In 2021, CODE tracked 23 constituency projects worth N1.2 billion in Kaduna state.[16]
  • Since inception, CODE has tracked about $113.6 million budgeted for projects across 181 communities in 25 states in the country[17]

Supporters and Partners edit

See also edit

Akin Fadeyi Foundation

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Connected Development (CODE)". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Connected Development Initiative - MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  3. ^ "About Us | Follow The Money". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  4. ^ "'A wonderful accomplishment': success for cleanup of Nigeria's deadly lead pollution". The Guardian. 2022-03-18. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  5. ^ "Hamzat "Hamzy" Lawal, Education Champion | Malala Fund". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Nigeria's Hamzat Lawal Emerges Finalist for $120k Gothenburg Sustainability Award". 10 March 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Open data on the ground: Nigeria's Follow the Money initiative". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  8. ^ "Ushahidi". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  9. ^ "Connected Development Initiative - MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  10. ^ "About Us". CODE. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Open data on the ground: Nigeria's Follow the Money initiative". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Social media and creative technologies: A recipe to save Bagega". EnviroNews Nigeria. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  13. ^ "Hamzat Lawal: Leading Africa Anti-Corruption Activist Shares Online Media Strategy, COVID-19 Response". Anti-Corruption & Governance Center. 15 August 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Follow The Money saved govt N50bn in 2019, says Hamzat Lawal". TheCable. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  15. ^ Shibayan, Dyapkhaza (16 February 2022). "Phase II: BudgIT, Connected Development partner to track COVID funds in Africa". TheCable. Cable. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  16. ^ "NGO tracks N1.2bn constituency projects in Kaduna". NNN. 27 November 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  17. ^ Obike, Grace (24 August 2020). "Group tracks $113.6m budgeted for projects - The Nation Newspaper". The Nation. Retrieved 18 May 2022.

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