The Council of Europe has acknowledged Nigeria’s top social accountability initiative, Follow The Money as one of the leading ground-breaking initiatives in the world that are promoting democratic principles.
In line with this, the Council has invited CODE’s Communications and Advocacy Lead, Kevwe Oghide, to speak about how Follow The Money is helping to build stronger institutions, at its signature annual conference, the World Forum for Democracy holding on the 7th of November in Strasbourg, France.
The initiative which made top 3 in the category of building stronger institutions, will be presented under the theme “Is Democracy in Danger in the Information Age?” The session which will be moderated by Lord George Foulkes, member of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe; will analyse critically how governments can be held to transparency standards.
Mrs. Oghide will be speaking about transparency and accountability as a basic principle of good governance and how important it is in times of disconnect and distrust between citizens and governments.
The Nigerian home-grown advocacy-based initiative is the largest social mobilization & accountability movement in Africa, and has advocated, visualized and tracked USD 10 million meant for social development across African grassroots communities, impacting directly over 2,000,000 rural lives.
The World Forum for Democracy is a platform for dialogue and democratic participation which brings new ideas into the work of the Council of Europe and promotes its principles across the world.
The forum is placed under the high patronage of Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic and will hold between the 5th and 8th of November 2019.