Connected Development [CODE] is a non government organization [NGO] whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of marginalized communities which ensured social and economic progress while promoting transparency and accountability.
In 2013, our #SaveBagega campaign helped 1,500 lead poisoned children in Bagega gain access to essential treatment, while simultaneously advocating for sustainable mining practices within the gold mining communities in Zamfara State, Nigeria. In 2014, our #Educationincrisis campaign provided resources and standard classrooms to 120 pupils of Eyele Local Government Primary School, Kogi state who had previously been learning under inadequate conditions. Furthermore, in 2014, our #RelocateGutsura campaign advocated for the neglected 3,000 citizens of flood prone Gutsura in Zamfara state, while our Education Budget Tracker ensured the implementation of government expenditure in 4 federal institutions in Zamfara state. In 2015, our #WomenCookstoves campaign changed existing government policies on the distribution of environmentally-green clean cooking stoves; from distribution through the wives of state and local government agencies, to effective distribution strategies that worked with local faith based and women organization.
In 2014, as part of our theory of change, our Open Data Party and School of Data events trained 310 individuals from NGOs, journalists, and activists on how to use available data for advocacy and the improvement of lives of marginalized communities. In the same year, our advocacy campaign reached millions of Nigerians through partnerships with traditional media organizations such as Nigeria Info FM, Wazobia FM, Cool FM, and Voice of Nigeria.
CODE’s transparency and accountability campaigns focus on health, education, and the environment and, as part of our strategies, we engage with youth and women organizations to enact change. As part of our environmental campaigns we have also supported the World Wildlife Fund’s [WWF] Earth Hour campaign in Nigeria, spreading environmental awareness and education from 10 people and 1 city in 2010, to 40 million people in 6 cities in 2014.
As part of our campaign to strengthen democracy in Nigeria, CODE was accredited to observe the 2015 presidential elections in Nigeria which we did with 1000+ observers reporting in real time through Uzabe, CODE’s crowdsourcing data platform . Likewise, in 2014, our #SaveBagega campaign won the world’s best impact story using data (An award by the World Bank, Open Data Institute, and Open Knowledge Foundation through the Partnership on Open Data).
CODE’s projects have been supported and funded by Indigo Trust UK, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Open Society Initiative in West Africa, and the Open Knowledge Foundation. For more information on how to partner with CODE or support CODE’s activities please visit our support page.