The Initiative #followthemoney by Hamzat Lawal, a Nigerian, Wins the United Nations SDG AwardIdes Ofune 3rd May 2019 0 COMMENTS
Follow the Money, an Initiative by Hamzat Lawal won the United Nations Mobilizer #SDG award in Bonn, Germany on 2nd May 2019. The initiative was selected from 143 countries all around the world and was closely contested by initiatives from Brazil and the Philippines.
This is a social accountability initiative that collects data and tracks budgets/appropriations to ensure implementation. Data is collected from official documents such as budgets and tender documents using simple technologies. With this model, the team of #followthemoney writes freedom of information letters to policy officials asking for details of projects: amounts, beneficiary community, bill of quantities. This information is then transmitted to communities who then ask elected officials questions as well as follow up on the projects. #followthemoney is implemented by Connected Development
According to the UN SDG website, this social accountability model is the biggest and most effective on the African continent. Other awards won include the $100,000 One Africa Award for transformative efforts towards actualising SDGs on the continent. Member states of the African Union are currently understudying our model for domestication.
We at Desert Bloom Advisory say, congratulations to connected Development and Hamzat Lawal!
Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org