06 July 2021 by Julian Osamoto
A non-profit organisation Budgit in partnership with Connected Development, CODE, has launched a website to track funds earmarked to fight against COVID-19 in Africa.
At the launch in Abuja, founder of CODE, Hamzat Lawal said the primary goal of designing the website was to improve citizens use of data for Advocacy and Government engagement to promote transparency and accountability.
According to him,
“The website contains information on the over 51 billion dollars resources committed to fight Covid-19 across Africa, 5 billion in kind donation as well as over 2,532 covid database and the marginalized communities”
Lawal noted that the Partnership between the two Organizations would promote proper documentation of COVID-19 funds and greater accountability in monitoring and reporting state of public health centres across the continent.
” Conditions of primary health care centers have further deteriorated during the pandemic, research conducted by CTAP team in fifteen states shows that it falls below the minimum standard set by the National Primary Health care Development Agency, with dilapidated infrastructure, poor staffing and incapacity to administer vaccines”.
On his part, chief executive officer of BudgIT, Mr Gabriel Okeowo, explained that the long-term objective of the initiative was to see that Africa is well positioned on the right path to project the right image before the international community.
Mr Okeowo said;
“We decided to pursue this course, because a lot of resources committed in the fight against COVID-19, in Africa has not been properly documented nor well accounted for”
“This website that we are launching today is a one-stop centre for everyone in Africa and all over the world to see what has been committed to each country through data. As we know, data don’t lie. The website is a collection of data relevant to COVID-19 transparency and accountability.”
The CSOs urged citizens to effectively utilise the Covid fund platform to access data they need to engage with their Governments.