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About us

information for Transparency and Accountability

 

infoTAG is non-partisan governance project of Vaonchi Media that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government more accountable and transparent to Benue people.

 

Transparency and Accountability is the catalyst for socio-economic development of nations. And access to accurate information about the government and public services, policies, budgets and goals is the driving force for well-founded decisions and action.

 

 

Mission and Vision

Our vision is employing modern technology to enable real-time, online transparency of government information accountability and good governance.

 

Focus

our work focuses on Benue state and its 23 local Governments

 

infoTAG defines:

Transparency as the availability of accurate information about how the leadership carry out government business in an open, easy to understand and explicit manner such that promises, or policies made and implemented by government, and that the results of such government activities are easy to be verify by the ordinary citizens.

 

Accountability means holding officers answerable or accountable for the

resource entrusted to them as well as ensuring that the officers give up-to date account of what they have done and what they have not done with the resources.

 

Good governance means how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources through decision-making and how those decisions are implemented or not implemented.

 

infoTAG approach:

 

Information

collating and sharing of information about the policies, state finances,commitments and performance of various government institutions.

 

 

 

Access

Make information easily accessible to the broader public by making it public to

to find, available to own and easy to understand through data stories or visualisations

 

Action

Use of data to inform priorities, planning and raising awareness and campaigns.

 

Feedback

Feedback loops are at the heart of accountability systems therefore Honest, open, ongoing feedback is criticalby enabling the public to collaborate and engaged with the stories and information on a particular issue to affect a change.