Oludotun Babayemi

Digital Technologies and Accountability: The Case of West Africa

Mr. Oludotun Babayemi is co-founder of Connected Development (CODE), an Abuja-based organization that uses online and offline tools to promote accountability and transparency in Nigeria. Through CODE’s Follow the Money project, he and his team advocate for and track the disbursement of funds for local communities. Mr. Babayemi is also lead development consultant with Clonehouse Nigeria, an organization that offers training on monitoring and evaluation. As a Data Fellow with the Open Knowledge Foundation School (2014–present), he has trained over 600 journalists and nonprofit leaders on how to use available data to ensure transparency and accountability. From 2009 to 2014, he served as country director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour Project in Nigeria. During his fellowship, Mr. Babayemi is working to produce a handbook on the potential of digital technologies to promote citizen engagement in democratic accountability. He intends to circulate his findings via blog posts, press releases, and newspapers, in conjunction with a network of West African journalists.