On tracking COVID funds in Nigeria, Followthemoney and BudgIT organised a platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media to discuss and share learnings gathered from tracking COVID funds and assessing the state of the Nigerian healthcare system in battling the global pandemic.
The purpose of the coalition meeting was to understand the possible challenges CSOs faced while monitoring government’s responsiveness to the COVID pandemic, share experiences and learnings on how those challenges were surmounted leading to positive results. Discussions also provided insights for adequate analysis and strategic ideas of how to better engage the government for accountability.
Discussions also provided insights for adequate analysis and strategic ideas of how to better engage the government for accountability. CODE revealed findings from its report on the condition of Primary Healthcare Centres across the geo-political zones in Nigeria. It noted that 80% of these PHCs were in deplorable conditions and were unfit to administer vaccines. BudgIT’s research shows COVID-19 accountability mechanisms, challenges with procurement processes, government’s fiscal capacity & options for future emergency fund management.
Recall Follow The Money and BudgIT launched the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP), an initiative that seeks to promote accountability and transparency through the tracking of COVID-19 intervention funds across 7 African countries. Both organizations leverated their social accountability platforms, as well as international chapters in other six focus African countries to activate a Pan-African tracking system for all COVID-19 funds received and donated to these countries.
Take aways from the CSO coalition meeting are progressive ways to build corporation and alliance among CSO for better actions, demand good governance, transparency and accountability in public service delivery. #FollowCOVIDMoney #Account4COVID