COVID-19: Follow The Money, BudgIT, Global Integrity launch website to track resources in Africa

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Kenneth AFOR |

As part of the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP), leading social accountability initiatives, Follow The Money and BudgIT, with learning partners Global Integrity, have launched a comprehensive user-friendly COVID-19 Fund Africa website.

 

This was disclosed on Tuesday in a joint statement issued by the organisations.

The website https://www.covidfund.africa/ seeks to provide African citizens with access to evidence on how COVID-19 resources are being utilized.

In details visitors can have unrestricted access to data on COVID in Africa, including intervention resources, funds allocations to countries by donors, palliative distributions, accurate number of cases of COVID-19 patients, data on COVID funds, vaccine management and government’s responsiveness to the pandemic.

Hamzat Lawal, founder, Follow The Money, said the aim of the website is to “improve citizens’ use of data for advocacy and government engagement in a manner that promotes transparency, accountability and open governance.”

Currently, the continent is having about $51.05 billion worth of COVID-19 resources including the sum of $5.08 billion in-kind donation with over 2,532 COVID Datasets across Africa.

Also visitors tend to get a first hand information on impact of the pandemic and how communities across the continent are being affected.

“In tracking government’s level of responsiveness, we have shown, through data on the CTAP website, overarching issues such as discrepancies in palliatives and cash transfer distributions, substandard healthcare compounded by the pandemic, disintegration of COVID data, vague procurement processes and blatant corruption by government officials,” BudgIT’s Executive Director, Seun Onigbinde added.

The site also featured COVID analysis and research resources for seven focus countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria.

It highlights COVID status in these countries and also features knowledge centres on human angle stories curated from citizens across the countries. Built with a focus on user’s experience, the one-stop website has some of these attributes;
● Live Updates on COVID data on a daily basis from all over Africa.
● Data Display to provide face-level information on the total number of COVID fund allocation to Africa and COVID cases.
● Resource Filters which allows citizens to easily narrow down to the country or specific resource portfolio by clicking the African country they would like data on.
● Research and Papers on COVID tracking and government’s responsiveness in Africa.
● Rapid Response Functionality allowing the site to be compatible with all browsers and mobile devices.

Under CTAP, the 3 CSOs seek to advocate and collaborate with governments in Africa to provide and institute proper accountability measures for all financial and material donations received.

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