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Nigeria: ‘Follow The Money’, CODE wins UN WSA innovation award

‘Follow The Money’ initiative by Connected Development, a leading Nigerian non-governmental organisation (NGO) has won the 2021 United Nations World Summit Awards (WSA).


‘Follow The Money’ initiative by Connected Development, a leading Nigerian non-governmental organisation (NGO) has won the 2021 United Nations World Summit Awards (WSA).

According to InnovationBed Africa, ‘Follow The Money’ (FTM), a network of grassroots citizens dedicated to tracking government and international aid spending, scored high and won the heart of the Eminent National Expert for Nigeria during the national pre-selection programme of Programos Foundation.

FTM also merited the same professional and frank decisions of the International grand jurors on the WSA democratic jury to make Nigeria prominent in the winners’ list of best innovation-potential ecosystems of the world in 2021.

According to the organisers, submission of innovation commenced on a very pessimistic note in Nigeria owing to the general lull and fear caused by the global pandemic attacks of Covid-19 on humans and nature prominently from 2020.

Only four innovations were submitted from Nigeria out of eight slots given to each country in 2021 – owing to poor turn out of producers with quality and competitive innovations with high-impact on society.

A member of WSA National expert for Nigeria, Mr Amos Emmanuel, said ‘Follow The Money’ co-producers include: Lucy Abagi and Hamzat Lawal. He said FTM’s innovation addresses SDGs 16 and 17 which centers on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, and “Partnerships for the Goals” respectively in the most laudable ways impacting the Nigerian society.

The United Nations World Summit Awards Grand and Young Innovators juries recently convened to complete the evaluation and selection exercise of the best local digital impact innovations in the world! International jurors from 6 continents have chosen 40 winners finally in the WSA (senior) category, and 5 winners in the WSYA (junior) category from the previous short-list announced in December 2021.

A total of 293 nominations were submitted from 68 countries around the world in 2021.

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