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FollowTheMoney started in the year 2012

FollowTheMoney was born as a result of the lead poisoning in Bagega community in Anka Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State. The poisoning was as a result of artisanal mining in the community, over 700 people mostly children below the ages of 5 and pregnant women were exposed with 163 lives lost. The journey of FollowTheMoney started after our investigation exposed the lives that were lost and in its early stages, was able to amplify the voices of the citizens through online(Social media) and offline advocacy with community reporters. During this period the citizens were enlightened on the disbursed funds allotted to tackling the poison within the community. Community members alongside the community reporters ensured that the funds released were judiciously used to tackle the lead poisoning the community were faced with.

Numbers to Ponder!

FollowTheMoney platform has over 7000 users. In the last 9 years we have worked in over 300 communities in 10 African Countries. In 2020, we impacted over 4,879,000 lives while tracking the sum of 507,967,121.5 USD worth of government budgets and mobilising active citizens across Africa, holding their government accountable, ensuring consistent advocacy for policy formulation and execution for improved public service delivery.

Over the years, FollowTheMoney (FTM) has been able to ensure sustainability by empowering citizens to take ownership of the process, citizens are being fully involved in the process of holding their government accountable at all levels. FTM has built local independent structures across the 36 states in Nigeria, including the FCT and has spread to 10 African Countries namely  Kenya, Gambia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Liberia, Malawi, South Sudan, Cape Verde and Ethiopia

Awards and recognition!

In May 2019, during the United Nations SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, Follow the Money won the UN SDG Mobilizer Award. The Award is aimed at recognizing changemakers and organizations who demonstrate more successes in mobilizing citizens or volunteers to act for the realization of SDGs 2030 agenda.

In 2021, we won the World Summit Awards in Democracy and Governance category.

Our Thematic Areas






Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Our Donors