Connected Development (CODE), with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been working for the past 6 years to mobilise communities in Kaduna state, Nigeria, to track various projects such as the KADSUBEB projects and constituency projects. This has led to the development of sustainable citizens’ participatory tools like the Basic Education Project Nomination/Monitoring System, the Constituency Project Nomination/Monitoring System, and the SUBEB Project Dashboard.

The nomination and monitoring systems developed in Kaduna state have had a significant impact on enabling community members to propose and monitor projects in their communities. Thanks to this tool, more than 52 projects were tracked and completed in the state. The community members suggested projects that were successfully implemented by their federal representatives. Inspired by this success, CODE has developed a more comprehensive platform called NomTrac, which captures the needs of many more communities across Nigeria.

The NomTrac tool empowers community stakeholders such as community leaders, women leaders, youth leaders, and other relevant stakeholders to nominate projects that are necessary in their respective communities. They can also follow through when projects are taken up by their respective government stakeholders. The feedback mechanism provides community stakeholders with adequate information to track the nominated projects. The tool is a game-changer as it ensures that government stakeholders prioritize stakeholder inputs.

CODE's reach and mobilization strength enable us to leverage our network of volunteers and stakeholder relationships across Nigeria's 36 states. This way, communities can adopt and effectively utilize the NomTrac tool.