This just in: Oxfam’s animated short “Follow the Money” was selected as one of 16 finalists for YouTube’s DoGooder Nonprofit Video Award. The video is competing in the “Best Innovation in Video” category against three other nominees.
Overall, the contest brought in 750 video submissions from 450 nonprofits, so it’s a pretty cool showing for a video about the important, but decidedly un-glamorous, issue of oil, gas, and mining revenue transparency.
Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it yet:
And now that you have seen it, click here to VOTE. (Winners will be announced on April 10, so the deadline is Wednesday at midnight.)
Finally, if you want to learn more, check out Chris Hufstader’s blog about the time he actually tried to follow the money from a gold mining project in Sadiola, Mali.
“People in communities producing oil, gas, and minerals have a right to know where the money is going, and how it is being used for their benefit, so they can make their own decisions about their future,” Chris concludes. If the success of this video has helped spread the word about this fundamental right, then it’s already a victory.