- A Nigerian initiative, Follow The Money, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Sustainable Development Action Awards
- Three finalists have been selected for each of the seven categories representing initiatives based in all world regions
- Follow the Money is the largest social mobilization and accountability movement in Africa
Follow The Money, an initiative of Connected Development (CODE) based in Nigeria, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Sustainable Development Action Awards.
CODE tracks national governments’ and foreign assistance spending to empower citizens - including marginalized communities - to hold governments to account for their commitments.
This announcement which was recently made by the SDG Action Awards Global Project Leader, Laura Hildebrandt, revealed that this year’s selection process was harder than ever with more than 2000 excellent applications from 142 countries.
Three finalists have been selected for each of the seven categories representing initiatives based in all world regions.
Follow The Money was one of the three initiatives in the finalist category of mobilisers. Other categories are storytellers, campaigners, connectors, visualizers, includers and creatives. The finalists in each category will present their achievements at the UN SDG Global Festival of Action.
According to the founder of Follow The Money, and Chief Executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, “we are excited to have been nominated among the top 21 initiatives showing how innovation, creativity and commitment lead to impactful SDG Actions from over 2000 entries of amazing organizations & initiatives around the globe.
“We are honoured that our social mobilization efforts are being recognised by the United Nations and are committed to ensuring that the sustainable global goals are achieved in Nigeria, other African countries and beyond.”
Lawal added that finalists are now being reviewed by a judging panel of over 20 experts that will select the top initiative in each category.
“We urge our fellow colleagues in the development space and Nigerians to help bring this award home by liking and retweeting Follow The Money mentions on SDG Action Awards social media accounts. We will join other world leaders in Bonn, Germany in May where the winners will be announced,” he added
Every year, the UN SDG Action Campaign opens the SDG Action Awards to call for the top individuals, civil society organizations, sub-national governments, foundations, networks, private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.
Follow The Money which started in Nigeria over seven years ago, has chapters in Kenya, The Gambia, Cameroon and Liberia.
As the largest social mobilization and accountability movement in Africa, it has advocated, visualized and tracked $10million meant for social development across African grassroots communities, impacting directly over 2,000,000 rural lives.
Meanwhile, Nigerian state governments have been urged to develop a citizens’ budget every financial year by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in order to attract financial support from the World Bank.
A citizens’ budget is a simpler and less technical version of the approved budget document for a given financial year and it is is designed to present key information in a comprehensible manner to the public to receive their input.
According to the OGP, states that can produce simpler citizen-friendly budgets early enough will attract financial support from the World Bank funded State Fiscal, Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) program for results.
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