For over nine years, Connected Development [CODE], through its FollowThe Money Iniave has tracked and monitored public spending in rural communities across Nigeria and other African countries. As of December 2020, CODE had reached over 3,300,000 people across 231 communities, in 37 Nigerian States and the FCT Abuja. By fostering social accountability, the organization has advocated for open government, improved service delivery in the execution of development projects, exposed and mitigated corruption, and tackled extreme poverty in rural communities.
In November 2020, CODE secured a grant from The MacArthur Foundation, for the project:, “Deepening Cizens’ Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices (DeSPAAC) in Kaduna State.”
The three-year project involves mobilizing community governance structures across the aforementioned communities through the CommunityMonitoring Teams (CMTs) vehicle and empowering them to provide effective public oversight on government spending in their communities, for effective service delivery on constituency projects in the educaon, health, and WASH sectors.
Year one of the project focused on tracking 23 constituencies (zonal intervention) projects from the list of 2020 and 2021 ZIPs in 30 communities across the three (3) senatorial zones of Kaduna State worth N1.167 billion. In all, 12 projects were tracked from the 2020 ZIP Budget document and 11 projects were tracked from the 2020 ZIPBudget document.