Pearl Utuk is a Programme Officer at Connected Development.
Pearl has led several projects and campaigns for FollowTheMoney, the social accountability initiative of CODE. She supported the implementation of COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP) which is designed as an intervention to tackle COVID-19 vaccine distribution equity and health sector accountability in 9 African countries and led the implementation of the project across the 36 States of the country and the FCT.
Pearl is a 2022 Mandela Washington Fellow. Specializing in the Leadership in Civic Engagement Track at The Presidential Precinct, Virginia. She developed her development skills at the University of Virginia and College of William and Mary, while gaining firsthand experience in fostering open, accountable and effective Democracy at James Madison Montpelier and James Monroe Highland in the United States.
She has led projects -both personal and for iNGOs like VSO Nigeria and Plan International- in the education space targeted at improving both literacy and access to quality and timely education for children from low-income earning families in North-Central Nigeria. Pearl has been instrumental in championing proposals for FollowTheMoney that have been awarded funding, such as the African Union Civic Tech Fund.
A graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a PGD in Education from University of Ilorin, she is currently working to get her Master’s degree in Society and Development Studies. Pearl has worked in International Development since 2015.
Her long-term goal is to successfully create workable feedback loops between communities and the government as this will address issues cutting across every sector of the economy.