REQUEST FOR AUDIT FIRM PROPOSAL

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Our organization is accepting proposals from audit firms to provide audit (and tax) services for our organization in the coming year. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to us by January 23rd, 2023, for consideration. A description of our organization, the services needed, and other pertinent information follows:

Background

Connected Development [CODE] is a non-government organization [NGO] whose mission is to empower marginalized communities in Africa.

We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of citizens on how to hold their government accountable through Follow The Money.  CODE provides marginalized and vulnerable communities with resources to amplify their voices with independence and integrity while providing the communities with information that ushers social and economic progress.

The organization has a January 1  fiscal year-end, with a requirement to file an audited financial statement by March 30 of each year.

Services to Be Performed

Your proposal is expected to cover the following services: 

1.  Annual audit to be completed in compliance with the above filing requirement and meetings with the audit committee and or board of directors, as necessary. 

2.  Tax filings for the organization and related foundation. 

3.  Quarterly reviews of internally prepared financial statements.

Your Response to This Request for Proposal

In responding to this request, we request the following information: 

1.  Detail your firm’s experience in providing auditing and tax services to companies in the not-for-profit sector, as well as associations of comparable size to Connected Development, including those with international memberships. 

2.  Provide information on whether you provide services to related industry associations or groups.

3.  Discuss the firm’s independence with respect to Connected Development

4.  Discuss your commitments to staff continuity, including your staff turnover experience in the last three years. 

5.  Identify the five largest clients your firm (or office) has lost in the past three years and the

reasons. Also discuss, in instances where loss of the client was due to an unresolved auditing or accounting matter, the process of attempting to resolve the issue(s). 

6.  Identify the partner, manager, and in-charge accountant who will be assigned to our job if you are successful in your bid, and provide biographies. Indicate any complaints against them that have been leveled by the state board of accountancy or other regulatory authority, if any. Indicate any corrective actions that have been taken by the firm with respect to these people. 

7.  Describe how your firm will approach the audit of the organization, including the use of any association or affiliate member firm personnel and the areas that will receive primary emphasis.  Also, discuss the firm’s use of technology in the audit. And finally, discuss the communication process used by the firm to discuss issues with the management and audit committees of the board. 

8.  Set forth your fee proposal for the 2022 audit, with whatever guarantees can be given regarding increases in future years. Provide your proposed fee for the required quarterly review work and for tax preparation. 

9.  Provide the names and contact information for other, similarly sized clients of the partner and manager that will be assigned to our organization for reference purposes. 

10.  Describe how and why your firm is different from other firms being considered, and why our selection of your firm as our independent accountants is the best decision we could make. 

11.  Include a copy of your firm’s most recent peer review report, the related letter of comments, and the firm’s response to the letter of comments.

12. Among other things, also include evidence of registration with Auditors’ General Office, your Firm’s Tax Filing, as well as the most recent audited report. 

Evaluation of Proposals

CODE will evaluate proposals on a qualitative basis. This includes our review of the firm’s 

peer review report and related materials, interviews with senior engagement personnel to be assigned to our organization, results of discussions with other clients, and the firm’s completeness and timeliness in its response to us. 
Please submit your response to this request for proposal to audit@connecteddevelopment.org by January 23, 2023.

Call for Applications

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Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Organizational Background

Connected Development [CODE] is a non-government organisation [NGO] whose mission is to empower marginalized communities in Africa. We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of citizens on how to hold their government accountable through Follow The Money.  CODE provides marginalized and vulnerable communities with resources to amplify their voices with independence and integrity while providing the communities with information that ushers social and economic progress.

To enhance effective democratic governance and accountability, CODE creates platforms [mobile and web technologies] that close the feedback loop between citizens and the government. With global expertise and reach, we focus on community outreach, influencing policies, practices, and knowledge mobilization.

Available roles

Job Position

FINANCE MANAGER

Purpose of Position

We are looking to hire a finance manager with excellent organizational and analytical skills. Successful candidate is expected to be detail-oriented, knowledgeable on statistics, have strong problem-solving skills, and an investigative nature.

To ensure success, the candidate should have a deep commercial awareness, strong numeracy skills, and a keen interest in the growth, efficiency, and profitability of an organization. 
 
CODE is calling for Finance Manager who will join the team to carry out the following responsibilities:
– Plan, organize, and execute financial tasks and projects of the organization.
– Make estimates of funds required for the short and long-term financial objectives of the organization.
– Complete financial reports, lead the month-end closing process and conduct monthly financial forecast.
– Develop and implement plans for budgeting, forecasting, and reporting.
– Achieve a proper mix of equity and debt to minimize cost and maximize operational profit.
– Strategize on fund procurement through banks and other financial institutions.
– Provide financial insight and analysis to drive the business performance of the organization.
– Manage and monitor metrics, KPI tracking, and reports.
– Evaluate the financial performance of the organization 
– Understand and calculate the risks involved in the financial activities of the organization.
 
Finance Manager Requirements:
– Degree in finance/accounting or related (essential).
– International Accounting Certifications
– 5 years of work experience as a Finance Manager (essential).
– Thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
– Analytical thinker with strong conceptual and problem-solving skills.
– Meticulous attention to detail with superb organizational skills.
– Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
– Excellent report-writing and communication skills.
Solid proficiency in Quick books, Excel and other financial planning software.
Interested candidates should fill the form provided HERE. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
 

DEADLINE: 9th January, 2023.

Job Position

PROGRAMS OFFICER

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Support to implementation of programme strategies
Support to management of the programme
Administrative support to the Programme Management Department 
Support to knowledge building and knowledge sharing

1. Supports implementation of the programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

Assist in development and implementation of programme strategies, work plans including monitoring and evaluation plans.
Collection, analysis and presentation of information needed for programme development and implementation.
Assist in developing and implementing project communication strategies
Assist in proper communication of Programme strategy through the project.

2. Provides effective support to management of the programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Assist in the operational and financial management of responsible programmes/projects and ensure that necessary programme management and financial procedures are properly implemented.
Track and report on programme implementation and fund utilization.
Presentation of information for audit and evaluation of the projects.
Assist in preparation, filing, compilation and dissemination of documents/materials relating to the programme.

3. Provides administrative support to the PMD focusing on achievement of  the following  results:

Provide logistics support for missions, events and project related workshops.
Maintain good communication with other units of the organization and with external counterparts at the working level.
Assist in maintaining the project profile including preparation of required budget revisions, creation of requisitions making budget check for requisitions, POs and vouchers, etc.
Provide other daily administrative support to the PMD

4. Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:
Participation in the trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.
Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences and project subject related area would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:

Minimum of 2 years of relevant administrative or programme experience;

Experience working with donor agencies, governmental offices, and international organizations, preferred;
Good interpersonal and communication skills and team work spirit
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (G-suites) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language:

Fluency in Hausa and English

Method of Application:

Interested candidates should fill the form provided HERE. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

APPLY HERE

DEADLINE: 9th January, 2023.

Job Position

PEOPLE AND CULTURE OFFICER

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Organizational Background

Connected Development [CODE] is a non-government organisation [NGO] whose mission is to empower marginalized communities in Africa.

We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of citizens on how to hold their government accountable through Follow The Money.  CODE provides marginalized and vulnerable communities with resources to amplify their voices with independence and integrity while providing the communities with information that ushers social and economic progress.

To enhance effective democratic governance and accountability, CODE creates platforms [mobile and web technologies] that close the feedback loop between citizens and the government. With global expertise and reach, we focus on community outreach, influencing policies, practices, and knowledge mobilization.

Purpose of Position

This role will be responsible for providing data collection, data analysis and process improvement support to CODE’s People & Culture (P&C) team. It will be required to provide support across various facets of the Human Resources function and will have a primary focus on understanding and driving efficiencies in P&C process. This role will directly support employees and managers at CODE to provide solutions to basic employment queries as well as directing employees to query specific experts within the organziation. 

This role will require an individual who is able to work effectively with limited supervision  as well as someone who demonstrates excellence in management. This is a role that draws on, and develops further, a wide variety of people and culture related theories, best practice and practical experience particularly in relation to change management/culture.
CODE is calling for a People and Culture Officer who will join the team to carry out the following responsibilities:

– Providing timely and accurate advice and support on all HR queries

– Assisting to achieve improved people performance outcomes
– End to end recruitment
– Onboarding and induction of all new starters
– Identifying process and system improvements
– Counsel on policies and procedures
– Maintain employee records
– Ensure legal compliance
– Maintain knowledge of HR functions
 
Requirements
–    Demonstrated experience supporting a People & Culture team
–    Degree in HR or related field
–    Positive and collaborative attitude with a willingness and desire to learn
–    Demonstrated commitment to customer service
–     Exceptional attention to detail and organisational skill with the capability to effectively manage competing priorities
–     Intermediate skills with the Google Workspace
 
This role requires effectiveness in written and verbal communication in English including in understanding and conveying nuances, as P&C topics can often be legally or emotionally sensitive.

Method of Application:

Interested candidates should fill the form provided HERE. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

APPLY HERE

DEADLINE: 9th January, 2023.

Job Position

RESEARCH OFFICER

Purpose of Position

We are looking to hire a dependable researcher to work on various organization projects. The researcher’s duties include aligning methodologies with research goals, using a range of tools to acquire information and interpret data, writing up reports and presenting findings and schedules to management and other stakeholders, identifying trends and patterns, conducting fieldwork and tests when required, as well as protecting databases and confidential information. You should be able to deliver presentations and communicate effectively at all levels.

CODE is calling for Research officers who will join the team to carry out the following responsibilities:

– Interpreting research specifications and developing a work plan that satisfies requirements.
– Conducting desktop research, and using books, journal articles, newspaper sources, questionnaires, surveys, polls, and interviews to gather data.
– Analyzing and interpreting patterns and trends.

– Recording findings by taking written notes and using appropriate software.
– Maintaining and protecting electronic databases.
– Assisting management with budget and time schedules.
– Anticipating research issues and promptly resolving them.
– Promptly reporting any problems to the relevant stakeholders.
– Following a strict code of ethics and protecting any confidential information at all times.
-Writing proposals and delivering presentations when required.

Required Skills and Experience
– A bachelor’s degree in research or similar.
– Master’s degree preferable.
– Minimum of 5 years proven experience in a research field.
– Sound understanding of research methodologies.
– Proficiency in G-suite package.
– Strong statistical and mathematical aptitude.
– Strong problem-solving skills.
– Practical experience in database management.
– Attention to detail and exceptional written, verbal, and telephonic communication skills.

Method of Application:

Interested candidates should fill the form provided HERE. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 
DEADLINE: 9th January, 2023.
Job Position

MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER

Purpose of Position

The M&E Officer will be responsible for the monitoring and ensuring high quality and timely inputs, and for ensuring that the project maintains its strategic vision and that its activities result in the achievement of its intended outputs in a cost effective and timely manner.

The M&E officer will be responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities of the Project; assisting the Project Manager in preparing Quarterly/Annual reports on project progress and will monitor the project activities on a regular basis, developing and maintaining the MIS of the Project and will be responsible for the collection & analysis of different data in relation to the project activities.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer works in close collaboration with project team  and operations clusters, Government officials, private sector, non-government and civil society organizations.
 
CODE is calling for M & E officer who will join the team to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:
•Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures
•Monitor all project activities, expenditures and progress towards achieving the project output;
•Recommend further improvement of the logical frame work;
•Develop monitoring and impact indicator for the project success;
•Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results;
•Monitor the sustainability of the project’s results;
•Provide feedback to the Project Manager on project strategies and activities;
•Suggest strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
•Report monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual progress on all project activities to the Programs Director/Project Manager;
•Conduct capacity assessment on existing monitoring and evaluation system, develop indicators and a monitoring strategy for the project;

•Provide inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Project Management Team;
•Participate in annual project reviews and planning workshops and assist the Project Manager in preparing relevant reports;
•Support monitoring and evaluation of the effects and impact of the project;
•Assist in coordinating across the available components of the Project to ensure effective implementation of M&E/MIS;
•Assist the project personnel with M&E tools and in supporting them in their use.
•Perform other duties as required;

Functional Competencies:
•Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships
•Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing Priorities and competing deadlines
•Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support

Knowledge Management and Learning
•In-depth knowledge on MIS, M&E and development issues
•Excellent knowledge of monitoring and the application of methodology: 

Good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies; excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities;
•Excellent communication skills (written and oral): 
Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, Respectful and helpful relations with donors and project staff.
•Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioural/ attitudinal change
Required Skills and Experience
Education:Education:
University Degree preferably in Business Administration, Economics or related field.

Experience:
•At least 3 years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E/MIS in development projects implemented by national/international NGOs/Government;
•Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports;
•Proven ICT skills, especially in the development of MIS software using database software;
•Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software;
•Strong training & facilitation skills.

Method of Application:

Interested candidates should fill the form provided HERE. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

DEADLINE: 9th January, 2023.

Reimagining Education in Nigeria – A civil society manifesto

Communications December 10, 2022 0

Education is the most powerful investment in our future. But the Nigerian education system is in a state of emergency and the country is lagging behind even the poorest countries on the continent.

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FollowTheMoney Movement Expands in Africa, Boosting Grassroots Organizers

Communications November 17, 2022 0

by JACKSON MALMGREN AND BEN SCHMIDT

Staring at the dilapidated one-room building, Philip Duah knew that Project 12 was a sham. “The municipal assembly said the project – a new high school building – was at 90% status and ongoing,” said Duah, the Director of ABAK Foundation, a small non-profit that runs a primary school for low-income children and serves as a watchdog for local government projects. What Duah found was a shabby one-story schoolhouse “with no electricity…and no construction work.”

After talking with several neighbors, the school’s headmaster, and a municipal assembly member, an explanation for the project’s shoddy delivery came into focus. In Ghana, assembly leaders are appointed by the national party in power, and party bosses expect assembly officials to fulfill a secondary, unofficial responsibility: stumping for the party in local elections. As Duah put it, “Practically, if you are a politician…and you are not able to push some of this [project] money to support political activities…brother, you can never be reappointed.” Project 12 had all the indications of a community project whose funds had been redirected by government officials for their own ends. “The ambitions of the political parties to make money during their time [in office] is killing us,” Duah lamented.

Force Multiplier
Over the years, numerous watchdog organizations like Duah’s ABAK Foundation have toiled in isolation to try and close gaps between government promises and on-the-ground results, with varying degrees of success. But in the last few months, ABAK Foundation’s efforts have been boosted by joining a regional initiative called iFollowTheMoney, a Pan-African movement that unites the efforts of over 6,000 activists, journalists, legal professionals, and researchers to better track and follow up on aid and government projects.

The movement recognizes that while inclusive development must start at the local level, it is strengthened by the support of a global network of like-minded people. Joining the iFollowTheMoney network gives local organizations access to far greater amplifying power through social media as well as cutting-edge grassroots accountability training developed by iFollowTheMoney’s organizer, Connected Development (CODE).

Founded in Abuja, Nigeria in 2012 by activist Hamzat Lawal, CODE is now a leading African government accountability organization that has tracked over $2 billion in government funding. Its work has spread across Nigeria and to chapters in 10 other African countries, with Ghana its most recent addition.

Citizen’s Guide
In 2022, CODE began a new partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) with the goal of formalizing its unique approach to promoting accountability and accelerating adoption of this approach by civil society groups around the world.

The CIPE-CODE partnership reached its first major milestone with the launch of iFollowTheMoney’s Citizen’s Guide to Making Public Accountability Work on October 25, 2022. The hybrid launch event was held near ABAK’s headquarters in Kumasi, Ghana and attracted over 60 virtual participants and 40 in-person attendees, including 18 representatives of local media.

CODE Chief Executive Lawal, who led the event in person with CODE Programs Manager Uchenna Kingsley Agu, shared how this new step-by-step guide would benefit citizens in marginalized communities and drive greater accountability. “Corruption and mismanagement of public resources stem from opacity, which characterizes public governance in Africa,” said Lawal. “This step-by-step guide essentially teaches citizens how to access information and use [it]…to demand accountability from the government.”

“Perhaps the most important aspect is that it also encourages community mobilization,” Lawal added. “With this guide, communities can rally together and drive the development and provision of basic amenities and essential services in their localities.”

CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center Director Frank Brown also spoke at the event. “CODE’s approach initiates a cycle of feedback and follow-up between project implementers and project beneficiaries”, Brown said. “CODE’s social media savvy has brought needed help to isolated communities in just a few days – and sometimes just a few hours – after concentrated bursts of likes and shares spotlight attention on pressing needs and generate responses from authorities”.

The guide, which can be freely accessed online, incorporates case studies, step-by-step tutorials, and a list of free-to-access templates to make implementation easier. By simplifying tricky topics like how to understand government procurement processes and how to fill out a formal Freedom of/Right to Information request, the guide is an essential resource that makes sophisticated government accountability campaigning more accessible to local organizations like ABAK Foundation.

Sharper Strategy
Together, CODE and CIPE are supporting local organizations like ABAK Foundation implement projects that follow the methodology in the new guide. In the first of an anticipated series of incubation grants across Africa over the next year, CIPE has awarded the Kumasi-based organization with funding to run a 4-month campaign to follow government projects in the health and education sectors.

Guided by mentors from CODE, ABAK is changing the way it engages with government officials and community leaders as it implements the new approach. “CODE’s FollowTheMoney approach can require civil society groups like ABAK to change their tone and interaction habits because it doesn’t pre-suppose that anyone is the bad guy,” said CIPE Program Officer Ben Schmidt, who arrived in Kumasi the day after the launch to join meetings with Duah, Agu, and local community and government leaders.

“It encourages respect and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, whether it be the government official who is responsible, the implementing contractor, or the community leaders,” Schmidt added. “The goal is open communication about what is needed and accomplishing what all the parties want—delivering projects on time and on budget and benefiting the community.”

CODE launches Ewah Eleri Climate Justice Fellowship, selects 5 winners

Communications November 3, 2022 0

Five young Nigerians have emerged as the inaugural fellows of the Ewah Eleri Climate Change Fellowship implemented by Connected Development (CODE), Africa’s leading civil society organization.

The winners were announced at a press briefing held in Abuja on November 1. The fellows are the first cohort of the prestigious fellowship named after the Executive Director of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), Ewah Eleri, and will serve as technical advisers to the Nigerian government at the forthcoming United Nations (UN) Conference of the Parties (COP) on Climate Change, holding at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 7-18 November 2022

This fellowship will also serve as an opportunity for the fellows to engage signatory governments on plans for nations of the world to jointly address climate change and its impacts. This conference could be a chance to turn the Glasgow outcome into action, through implementing climate change adaptation, mitigation, and financial strategies.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive, of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, noted that the COP, stands as the supreme decision-making forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and there is a need to empower young leaders who can contribute to solving climate change.

“Leveraging innovation and technology, young people have an advantage and can contribute immensely to solving climate change. This is why we are taking the step to empower young leaders who can shape the very important conversation at COP 27.”

“This is a legacy inspired and named after my mentor, Ewah Eleri. I’m optimistic that it will bear the right fruit,” Lawal said.

On his part, Eleri explained that the initiative was necessary following the hazards experienced in recent times, such as flooding which had destroyed lives and properties as well as rendered thousands of citizens homeless.

According to him, it’s important for Nigeria to begin to convert climate transition to opportunities, build resilience with people through human capacity development and create more awareness of climate justice.

The winners include Gift Olivia Samuel, Seasoned Journalist of The SightNews; Gregory Odogwu, Environmental Columnist at Punch Newspaper; Idowu Esuku – aka Climate Man, A Climate Change musician, and activist; Etta Michael Bisong, Abuja bureau chief EnviroNews Nigeria and bio-diversity advocate; and Hyeladzira Msheila – Climate Change Activist.

Ewah Eleri Climate Justice Fellowship

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Application deadline: October 25th, 2022.

Yearly, the Conference of the Parties (COP) which stands as the supreme decision-making forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), brings together signatory governments to thoroughly discuss and agree on how to jointly address climate change and its impacts.

This year, the United Nations Climate Negotiations (COP27) will be held in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 7-18 November 2022. This conference will be an avenue to galvanize world leaders, activists, journalists and critical stakeholders to drive the implementation of climate change adaptation, and mitigation.

As such, Connected Development (CODE), Africa’s leading civil society organization is launching a fellowship program (Ewah Eleri Climate Justice Fellowship) that will enable climate activists & campaigners to build networks around the world for climate justice and engage with other activists, campaigners and journalists beyond their countries/regions. It will be a chance to gain hands-on experience at the United Nations Climate Negotiations (COP27) event in Egypt.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

CODE’s Hyeladzira Mshelia selected for Twink Frey Fellowship

Communications September 25, 2022 0

Connected Development (CODE)’s Programs Associate, Hyeladzira Mshelia, has been selected as a visiting social activist for the 2023 Twink Frey Fellowship from hundreds of candidates from across the globe.

Hyeladzira will work on a campaign in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, to establish a cohesive framework and digital platform to organize and empower 500 Gender Advocates (GA) across Africa to consolidate, collaborate, educate, learn, and participate in local issues impacting them.

The Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist (TFVSA) Program empowers social justice activists each year, whose work impacts women and acknowledges gender equality problems. One of the program’s objectives is to increase the ability and effectiveness of social activists. This will be achieved by providing the TFVSA with the time, place, and resources to work on a project that would not be achievable under the activist’s normal working conditions.

At CODE, Hyeladzira leads campaigns that address issues affecting women and girls including gender-responsive budgeting, girl-child education campaigns, and campaigns to eliminate all forms of violence targeted toward women and girls. She manages Project Sabi and the Gender Advocate Movement in Africa (GAMA). Her activism has focused on Women’s Rights with the goal of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Goal 5: gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Connected Development (CODE), led by Hamzat Lawal, a global citizen and activist, has been promoting and advocating for open government, improving the government’s implementation of community projects, exposing and combating corruption, and combating extreme poverty in marginalized communities for more than a decade.

The leading civil society organization also invests in its young and vibrant workforce. Through Lawal’s leadership, CODE staff are exposed to an enabling environment that drives them to take on leadership and service opportunities on a global stage. Just recently, Out of 9,000 applicants, Pearl Utuk who works as a Programme Officer with CODE emerged as one of the 56 carefully selected winners of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for the 2022 cohort.