In the last decade, there have been significant numbers of civil society organizations working on ensuring the government becomes more transparent and accountable in Nigeria, while promoting a culture of citizen participation and engagement. This presentation will look at the metamorphosis of these organizations and how they have challenged the status quo using online and offline technologies. It will also look at challenges in the near future, and how international organizations can support their work.
A few questions that will be addressed during this presentation:
1. How do local communities participate in transparency and accountability work that leads to sustainability?
2. What role does technology play in community mobilization and in getting a government response?
3. How is the Open Government Partnership platform facilitating collaboration among state and non-state actors?
Oludotun Babayemi is a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment For Democracy, conducting research on how civil society organizations use technology for accountability in West Africa. He is the Co-Founder of Connected Development's Follow The Money, a network of 1,000+ citizens that track government spending on basic amenities in rural communities in Nigeria and The Gambia.