Founded by BudgIT in July 2014, Tracka as a tool creates access to data for Active Citizens interested in following the budgetary provisions in their communities.
Tracka is primarily built to widen citizen knowledge about budget priorities and empower Nigerians to collaborate for efficient service delivery. Within Tracka, budget line items are simplified and developed into interactive applications, visuals, and infographics - to enhance citizens' understanding, and shared, using social media tools to enhance debate centered on national and subnational budgets.
Project locations are geotagged, to ensure unimpeachable accuracy and encourage inputs from other residents in similar region, ostensibly providing multiple streams of corroboration.
As a social platform, Tracka leverages on open data and the influence of an active, existing social presence to share photos, videos, and documents. It brings people with common interests together to monitor capital projects such as roads, schools, hospitals, boreholes and street lights, in their neighborhoods, with accompanying SMS integration to enable the grassroots to stay connected without a smartphone.
Beyond creating access to budgetary provisions to Citizens with Internet access, Tracka holds offline, town hall meetings to engage the grassroots, utilizing cell groups’ formation to sensitize communities about the specific budget line items that warrant public scrutiny to ensure optimal responses from government.
So far, Tracka has covered 16 States of the Federation; Kogi, Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Edo, Delta, Anambra, Kaduna, Niger, Gombe, Lagos, Ondo, Imo, Cross River, Kebbi, and Jigawa.Project Tracking Officers monitor the progress of constituency projects across the 16 focus states, exploring the use of technology to track budgets and also report feedbacks to the related executive and legislative bodies.
Through Advocacy, Citizen and Institutional engagements, Tracka has successfully ensured the implementation of a School Construction in Iwoye Ilogbo, Ogun State, Borehole provisions in Edo and Anambra States and the Construction of a Primary Health Care Center in Delta State.