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  •  Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier MSD that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agencies Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive of CODE made this known during a media parley in Abuja Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens According to him Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror related deaths adding that randomly bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties rustling cattle destroying properties and social installations He said that in spite of all these no one had been punished as a result of these deaths to shape public behaviour For as Connected Development here is our response we are launching monthly security dossiers MSDs for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly also inform citizens on how they can take action We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far we have recorded that 3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation Furthermore 465 persons were killed 355 personnel were kidnapped 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country he said Lawal said that CODE s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue and engage the media to intimate them of the findings He said that CODE had over 10 000 people on ground across the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development partnering with government and security actors to build sustainable peace He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID 19 pandemic through its COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya Zimbabwe Malawi and Cameroon he said He said that in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown the group recorded major impacts In Cameroon we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds In Nigeria our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID 19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning providing the public with the breakdown of COVID 19 funds he said Lawal said that in Malawi the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation CHRR to track a Covid 19 school expansion project in Salima District He added that in Ghana the team s advocacy through partnerships with other CSOs and activists resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID 19 spending He said that in Sierra Leone the group with other civil society groups and the media prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials He said that in Liberia advocacy with other civil society organisations and media institutions led to the national government accounting for COVID 19 Abdulrahman NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 
     Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier MSD that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agencies Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive of CODE made this known during a media parley in Abuja Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens According to him Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror related deaths adding that randomly bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties rustling cattle destroying properties and social installations He said that in spite of all these no one had been punished as a result of these deaths to shape public behaviour For as Connected Development here is our response we are launching monthly security dossiers MSDs for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly also inform citizens on how they can take action We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far we have recorded that 3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation Furthermore 465 persons were killed 355 personnel were kidnapped 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country he said Lawal said that CODE s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue and engage the media to intimate them of the findings He said that CODE had over 10 000 people on ground across the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development partnering with government and security actors to build sustainable peace He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID 19 pandemic through its COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya Zimbabwe Malawi and Cameroon he said He said that in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown the group recorded major impacts In Cameroon we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds In Nigeria our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID 19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning providing the public with the breakdown of COVID 19 funds he said Lawal said that in Malawi the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation CHRR to track a Covid 19 school expansion project in Salima District He added that in Ghana the team s advocacy through partnerships with other CSOs and activists resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID 19 spending He said that in Sierra Leone the group with other civil society groups and the media prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials He said that in Liberia advocacy with other civil society organisations and media institutions led to the national government accounting for COVID 19 Abdulrahman NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 
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    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 

    Connected Development (CODE) a Civil Society Organisation, has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier (MSD) that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agenciesMr Hamzat Lawal, Founder and Chief Executive  of CODE, made this known during a media parley in Abuja .

    Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens.

    According to him, Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror-related deaths, adding that  randomly, bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties, rustling cattle, destroying properties and social installations.

    He said that in spite of all these, no one had been punished as a result of these deaths, to shape public behaviour.

    “For as  Connected Development, here is our response: we are launching monthly security dossiers (MSDs) for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly,  also inform citizens on how they can take action.

    “We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far, we have recorded that  3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation.

    ” Furthermore, 465 persons were killed, 355 personnel were kidnapped, 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country,” he said.

    Lawal said that CODE’s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue  and  engage the media to intimate them of the  findings.

    He said that CODE had over 10,000 people on ground  across  the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that  usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media.

    He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development, partnering  with government and security actors to build sustainable peace .

    He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions .

    Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public, private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID-19  pandemic through its COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP).

    He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT, an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement.

    “Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches, high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya,  Zimbabwe, Malawi and Cameroon,” he said.

    He said that in spite of the  challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown, the group  recorded major impacts.

    “In Cameroon, we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds.

    “In Nigeria, our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID-19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, providing the public with the breakdown of COVID-19 funds,” he said.

    Lawal said that in Malawi, the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) to track a Covid-19 school expansion project in Salima District.

    He added that in Ghana, the team’s  advocacy, through partnerships with other CSOs and activists, resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID-19 spending.

    He said that in  Sierra Leone, the group,  with other civil society groups and the media, prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials.

    He said that in  Liberia, advocacy with other civil society organisations and  media institutions, led to the national government accounting for COVID-19Abdulrahman
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Connected Development and BudgIT civil society organizations CSOs have launched the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries Introducing the project Mr Hamzat Lawal CEO of CODE and founder of Follow The Money said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID 19 vaccines in Africa Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID 19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria Ghana Malawi Kenya Cameroon Zimbabwe Liberia Senegal among others Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated spent and implemented but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector Mr Hamzat Lawal in white and with a cap during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries CTAP is a game changer When COVID 19 first hit the world Africa was not prepared let alone the world with CTAP we help establish a framework where government civil society media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association Today CODE in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries including Nigeria Just two days ago we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP In that document we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement distribution and administration of vaccines he said Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources 19 He said the group s long term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan African accountability framework for health care He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London In addition Mr Gabriel Okeowo Country Director BudgIT said that the COVID 19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data in implementing countries Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1 7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector He added that CSOs plan to engage 850 000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community What we are doing is not taking the place of the government it is closing the gap it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance BudgIT also tracking COVID 19 fundsOkeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world Also Read Nigerian CSOs Emerge Winner of 2021 World Summit Award Ms Iyanu Fatoba BudgIT Communications Associate said both organizations would conduct research on the post COVID environment Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources the government s commitment to health care financing vaccine procurement plans and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status It said the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen led advocacy for reforms
    CSOs unveil 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project
      Connected Development and BudgIT civil society organizations CSOs have launched the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries Introducing the project Mr Hamzat Lawal CEO of CODE and founder of Follow The Money said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID 19 vaccines in Africa Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID 19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria Ghana Malawi Kenya Cameroon Zimbabwe Liberia Senegal among others Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated spent and implemented but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector Mr Hamzat Lawal in white and with a cap during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries CTAP is a game changer When COVID 19 first hit the world Africa was not prepared let alone the world with CTAP we help establish a framework where government civil society media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association Today CODE in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries including Nigeria Just two days ago we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP In that document we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement distribution and administration of vaccines he said Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources 19 He said the group s long term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan African accountability framework for health care He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London In addition Mr Gabriel Okeowo Country Director BudgIT said that the COVID 19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data in implementing countries Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1 7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector He added that CSOs plan to engage 850 000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community What we are doing is not taking the place of the government it is closing the gap it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance BudgIT also tracking COVID 19 fundsOkeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world Also Read Nigerian CSOs Emerge Winner of 2021 World Summit Award Ms Iyanu Fatoba BudgIT Communications Associate said both organizations would conduct research on the post COVID environment Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources the government s commitment to health care financing vaccine procurement plans and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status It said the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen led advocacy for reforms
    CSOs unveil 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project
    General news8 months ago

    CSOs unveil 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project

    Connected Development and BudgIT, civil society organizations (CSOs) have launched the second phase of the COVID-19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP).

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing.

    The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries.

    Introducing the project, Mr. Hamzat Lawal, CEO of CODE and founder of "Follow The Money", said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.

    Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa.

    He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID-19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Senegal, among others. .

    Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated, spent and implemented, but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector.

    Mr. Hamzat Lawal (in white and with a cap) during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID-19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP)

    He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries.

    “CTAP is a game changer. When COVID-19 first hit the world, Africa was not prepared let alone the world, with CTAP we help establish a framework where government, civil society, media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association.

    “Today, CODE, in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners, is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries, including Nigeria.

    “Just two days ago, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP.

    “In that document, we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines,” he said.

    Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation, while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration.

    He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa, which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness, transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources. -19.

    He said the group's long-term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan-African accountability framework for health care.

    He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London.

    In addition, Mr. Gabriel Okeowo, Country Director, BudgIT, said that the COVID-19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data. in implementing countries.

    Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1.7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector.

    He added that CSOs plan to engage 850,000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising.

    He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice.

    “We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership.

    “We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community.

    "What we are doing is not taking the place of the government, it is closing the gap, it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance."

    BudgIT, also tracking COVID-19 funds

    Okeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership, a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world.

    Also Read: Nigerian CSOs Emerge Winner of 2021 World Summit Award

    Ms. Iyanu Fatoba, BudgIT Communications Associate, said both organizations would conduct research on the post-COVID environment.

    Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources, the government's commitment to health care financing, vaccine procurement plans, and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa.

    He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status.

    It said the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen-led advocacy for reforms.

  •  Connected Development and BudgIT a civil society organization CSO have launched the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries Introducing the project Mr Hamzat Lawal CEO of CODE and founder of Follow The Money said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID 19 vaccines in Africa Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID 19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria Ghana Malawi Kenya Cameroon Zimbabwe Liberia Senegal among others Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated spent and implemented but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector Mr Hamzat Lawal in white and with a cap during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries CTAP is a game changer When COVID 19 first hit the world Africa was not prepared let alone the world with CTAP we help establish a framework where government civil society media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association Today CODE in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries including Nigeria Just two days ago we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP In that document we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement distribution and administration of vaccines he said Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources 19 He said the group s long term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan African accountability framework for health care He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London In addition Mr Gabriel Okeowo Country Director BudgIT said that the COVID 19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data in implementing countries Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1 7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector He added that CSOs plan to engage 850 000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community What we are doing is not taking the place of the government it is closing the gap it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance quote logo Okeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world Ms Iyanu Fatoba BudgIT Communications Associate said both organizations would conduct research on the post COVID environment Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources the government s commitment to health care financing vaccine procurement plans and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status It said the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen led advocacy for reforms
    CSO unveils 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project
     Connected Development and BudgIT a civil society organization CSO have launched the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries Introducing the project Mr Hamzat Lawal CEO of CODE and founder of Follow The Money said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID 19 vaccines in Africa Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID 19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria Ghana Malawi Kenya Cameroon Zimbabwe Liberia Senegal among others Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated spent and implemented but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector Mr Hamzat Lawal in white and with a cap during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID 19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries CTAP is a game changer When COVID 19 first hit the world Africa was not prepared let alone the world with CTAP we help establish a framework where government civil society media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association Today CODE in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries including Nigeria Just two days ago we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP In that document we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement distribution and administration of vaccines he said Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources 19 He said the group s long term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan African accountability framework for health care He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London In addition Mr Gabriel Okeowo Country Director BudgIT said that the COVID 19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data in implementing countries Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1 7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector He added that CSOs plan to engage 850 000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community What we are doing is not taking the place of the government it is closing the gap it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance quote logo Okeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world Ms Iyanu Fatoba BudgIT Communications Associate said both organizations would conduct research on the post COVID environment Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources the government s commitment to health care financing vaccine procurement plans and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status It said the COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen led advocacy for reforms
    CSO unveils 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project
    General news8 months ago

    CSO unveils 2nd phase of COVID-19 fund management project

    Connected Development and BudgIT, a civil society organization (CSO) have launched the second phase of the COVID-19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP).The Nigerian News Agency reports that CTAP advocates for better health care financing.The project will also address issues related to vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries.Introducing the project, Mr. Hamzat Lawal, CEO of CODE and founder of "Follow The Money", said that CTAP will also counter misinformation and misinformation around hesitancy to take COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.Lawal said the move became necessary because many people were skeptical about getting vaccinated in Africa.He said the project also seeks to promote accountability and transparency through tracking COVID-19 intervention funds in 10 African countries from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Senegal, among others. .Lawal said phase one of CTAP focused on accountability for how funds were generated, spent and implemented, but phase two will focus on how to strengthen the health sector.Mr. Hamzat Lawal (in white and with a cap) during the presentation of the second phase of the COVID-19 Africa Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP)He said the second phase of the project would advocate for better health care financing and address issues around vaccine deployment and equitable distribution in the focus countries.“CTAP is a game changer. When COVID-19 first hit the world, Africa was not prepared let alone the world, with CTAP we help establish a framework where government, civil society, media and citizens engage in the framework of the open government association.“Today, CODE, in association with BudgIT and collaborations with Global Integrity and its partners, is launching phase two of CTAP and is now expanding to 10 African countries, including Nigeria.“Just two days ago, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Development Agency as part of our commitment to CTAP.“In that document, we have agreed that we will jointly monitor the procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines,” he said.Lawal said phase two of CTAP would help counter misinformation and misinformation, while community leaders and actors would also be engaged to speed up vaccine procurement and improve administration.He said this was because there was doubt about vaccines in Africa, which could have resulted in part due to mistrust they feel there was a lack of openness, transparency and accountability of all revenue and expenditure of COVID resources. -19.He said the group's long-term vision was to have strong health sector accountability in Africa and hopefully ensure that CTAP becomes a pan-African accountability framework for health care.He said this would also help inform the acceleration and achievement of the open government partnership that the president signed in 2016 in London.In addition, Mr. Gabriel Okeowo, Country Director, BudgIT, said that the COVID-19 Africa platform created during phase one of the project will be enhanced to also collect healthcare liability information data and healthcare data. in implementing countries.Okeowo said the group was also looking to mobilize around 1.7 million citizens digitally so they could engage their governments to demand accountability in the health sector.He added that CSOs plan to engage 850,000 citizens who were unable to access information digitally using track and follow money platforms to carry out grassroots awareness raising.He said that this was to empower and give a platform opportunity to those who do not have a voice.“We plan to organize capacity building sessions for around 100 CSOs that would be drawn from these countries in partnership.“We will use community champions and volunteers to build local community leaders who can provide insights into the health care system in their local community."What we are doing is not taking the place of the government, it is closing the gap, it is supporting the general agenda of the government to improve governance."quote logoOkeowo also said that CSOs would look to broaden the scope to see how they could collaborate with the open government partnership, a global platform for many governments to align with open government principles around the world.Ms. Iyanu Fatoba, BudgIT Communications Associate, said both organizations would conduct research on the post-COVID environment.Fatoba said these include the distribution of health sector resources, the government's commitment to health care financing, vaccine procurement plans, and issues affecting equitable distribution in Africa.He said this was with a special focus on vulnerable groups in terms of business activity and socioeconomic status.It said the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project was instrumental in strengthening its funding accountability frameworks and devising strategies that improve citizen-led advocacy for reforms.