CITAD is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that is committed to the use of information and communication technologies for development and promotion of good governance. It was established first as a single project (Computer Literacy Project) in 1996 but was expanded in 2000 to include other projects. Now it incorporates six different thematic units.
CITAD sees technology as tool to promote sustainable development, good government and peaceful coexistence. It uses ICT to empower youth and women through access to information, skills and online mentoring opportunities. It utilises such platforms such as social networking, web-to-text interface and tools such as Google alert to provide information that would promote peaceful coexistence. It uses Google alerts to source information about trends of discussion in various platforms, sites and online discussion lists and sites with a view to understanding treads, attitudes and positions such that it can develop appropriate responses to those that are similarly disseminated to either reinforce positive trends or counter and neutralize negative ones.
It has two other offices located in Dutse (Jiagawa State) and Bauchi (Azare) as well as three outreach units located in Gombe , Yobe and Bauchi States.
Vision is: A knowledge-based democratic and self-reliant society
Mission is: To empower citizens for a just and knowledge-based society that is anchored on sustainable and balanced development using ICT, Capacity Development, Advocacy, Research and Partnership
Core Values: CITAD’s core values are built on the following principles:
· Responsibility: we take responsibility for all engagements with our stakeholders.
· Responsiveness: CITAD listens and responds to the needs of its stakeholders
· Reliability: we live by our words.
· Integrity: our conduct is governed by the highest ethical standards.
· Transparency: we are open to public scrutiny in all our conduct.
· Accountability: we hold that every resource and action must be subjected to the test of accountability to our constituents, partners and supporters
The organization has a broad of Trustees consisting of four people, a Governing Board of 8 people that is responsible for policy making including approval of annual budget as well as recruitment of senior staff. A management team headed by the Executive Director implements the programmes of the organization as well as provides management and administrative functions. It has 27 full time staff, 8 part time and over 30 volunteers spread across the three offices of the organization