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“Follow The Money” Initiative in Nigeria wins Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award

Strasbourg, France 8 November 2019
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Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Kevwe Oghide, Lead, Communications and Strategy, Connected Development, Follow the Money

Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Kevwe Oghide, Lead, Communications and Strategy, Connected Development, Follow the Money

At today’s closing session of the 2019 World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the initiative “Follow The Money”, a network of grassroots citizens in Nigeria dedicated to tracking government and international aid spending.

“Follow the Money” is a participatory advocacy-based initiative that advocates for the proper use of government and international aid funds in grassroots communities, to ultimately ensure that public services work for the people. It is a network of activists, social workers, lawyers, journalists, development consultants, researchers and data analysts, that have signed up on its social mobility platform. It uses media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as well as mainstream media, to amplify the voices of marginalised communities.

Three initiatives out of the 27 discussed at the Forum were shortlisted for the final vote:

The Forum brought together 2,000 participants and 250 speakers from all over the world to discuss information and democracy.