- Connected Development (CODE) has won the ONE Africa 2016 award
- The award recognizes, rewards and advance the exceptional work of organizations, founded by Africans and based in Africa
- The award is dedicated to helping Africa achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Connected Development (CODE)'s grassroots movement, Follow The Money has won the ONE Africa 2016 award.
Follow The Money emerged winner among three finalists, presented by Bono, the lead singer of the UK group U2, and co-founder of ONE Campaign, during the just concluded Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance forum, held in Marrakech, Morocco.
CODE has walked away with the ninth ONE Africa Award. The award is granted to civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and other groups based in Africa, that have demonstrated commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CODE provides marginalized and vulnerable communities with resources to amplify their voices with independence and integrity while also providing information that ushers social and economic progress.
With global expertise and reach, CODE focuses on community outreach, influencing policies, practices, and knowledge mobilization. CODE’s commitment to participatory capacity and community building, monitoring and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs even within the most challenging environments.
Chief Executive of CODE and co-founder of Follow The Money, Hamzat Lawal on behalf of the organization, received the award.
His awards: "We are super excited to be the recipient of this award and also thankful to ONE Campaign for this great opportunity. This award restates the continental belief in our rural development works. This we warmly appreciate.
''And ultimately, this is timely and will be exceedingly utilitarian in broadening our continental impacts through facilitating development in marginalized communities, as well as empowering them to stand up and hold their leaders accountable.
“This has come as a pleasant surprise considering the remarkable profiles and developmental work of other finalists. We are very excited to be the recipients of this award, and we are thankful to the ONE Campaign as this reaffirms the continent’s belief in our rural development work.
“The award will be useful in broadening our impact through facilitating change in marginalized communities, as well as empowering them to hold their leaders accountable.”
NAIJ.com gathered that the $100,000 prize money is underwritten by an endowment from The Howard G. Buffet Foundation and recognizes innovative African efforts to fight poverty and incentivize more of such efforts.
The 2017 Governance Forum which focused on violent extremism and migration, participation and democracy, inclusive economic growth and jobs for youth brought together various thought leaders in Africa and the world at large including the Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; the United Nations deputy secretary general, Amina J. Mohammed; former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan; Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, former finance minister, Okonjo Iweala, Africa Development Bank President, Akinwunmi Adeshina, among other dignitaries.