Follow the Money Nigeria Launches Tool for Citizens to Track Flood Donations.

Word Cloud derived from interviews with the people of Bagega and Zamfara.

Nigeria’s fore-running organization and tool for aid and public fund allocation management, Follow the Money Nigeria, has launched a tool that gives citizens information about how aid and funds meant for flood victims have worked in their communities. The tool is easily accessible at http://followthemoneyng.org/floodvictims.html.

As much as organizations are in top gear to ensure enough awareness is raised and adequate measures are put in place ahead of the predicted flooding by Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET), it has become imperative to find the links between government spending after a disaster, and aid available for adaptation.

In 2012, an unprecedented flood ravaged several states in Nigeria, affecting over 7 million people, displaced 2.3 million people, killed over 363 persons, damaged and destroyed about 597, 476 houses. Last year, after the floods, the federal government gave out 13.3 billion Naira [US$84 Million] for intervention to states affected, likewise 4.3 billion Naira [US$27 Million] to MDAs to manage the crisis. Moreover, about 2 billion Naira [US$ 12.8 Million] was gotten as aid from international development partners. The concerns of FTM Nigeria are how effective these funds are and whether or not they reach the people they are meant for.

The Follow the Money Team believes when aid works, nothing works like it! Co-creators, Hamzat Lawal and Oludotun Babayemi argue that “no investment could ever provide the kind of multiplying returns that follow the education of people within vulnerable communities.” The FTM Nigeria team operates on the mantra that government funds, and donor aid must get smart and must be carefully targeted, of good value and sustainable. They argue that aid becomes smarter when people can see where the money goes, and see that it positively encourages development instead of fostering dependence.

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