Collective responsibility for the common good of our communities is everyone’s responsibility. This is the thrust of social enterprises. We must refuse to leave our well-being wholly in the hands of the government. We must pitch in our bit.
Citizen participation remains a veritable tool in helping make our communities a better place and leaving our world a better place than we met it.
Victor Hugo once remarked:“You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come”.
BudgIT – an idea conceptualized and hacked at a Tech-In-Governance event put together by CCHub in March 2011, seized the moment to help citizens who had justifiably become distrustful of successive governments gain better understanding of the budget.
BudgIT used a non-conventional approach of tweets, infographics and a web platform that sought to visually and emotionally engage Nigerians in understanding budgetary allocations. Presenting the budgets in visually appealing formats helped a great deal in aiding understanding in how budgets worked.
The Occupy Nigeria protests in January 2012- the response of the people to the removal of subsidy on PMS also provided BudgIT an avenue to employ its creativity. This resulted in the creation of the Budget Cut App. Its ingenuous approach was to engage people to use a web-based tool to suggest sectors of the economy that could do with less budgetary allocations than the government had allocated.
For its work, BudgIT has gained for itself a pride of place, increased sustained interest and helped engage citizens in taking greater interest in the business of governance and the administration of our collective wealth.
The beautiful work carried out by BudgIT is captured at www.yourbudgit.com.