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Accountability Through Innovation: How Can Transparency Strengthen Governance?

Chatham House, London

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Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, BudgIT
Chair: Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Internet access and the rise in social media usage offer citizens additional avenues to gather information on how public officials govern and public funds are managed.

A number of civil society organizations across Africa are finding new ways of presenting complex data in the form of intuitive infographics, allowing connected citizens to scrutinize public financial management and impacts of government policies and expenditure.

Nigeria, a country where legislators are among the highest paid in the world, is at the forefront of this civil society-led drive for greater transparency in governance.

At this event, Oluseun Onigbinde, co-founder of BudgIT, shares his experience of using technology to converge civic engagement with strengthening public accountability, and examines the conditions under which innovative social advocacy platforms such as BudgIT can be a vehicle for effecting positive change in governance in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa.