OPEN CONTRACTING FOR NIGERIA

Linking Data

MAKING DATA MAKE SENSE


Budeshi (which is Hausa for "Open it") is a dedicated site that links budget and procurement data to various public services. It is accessible to the public to interact with and make their own comparisons.

In a bid to make information around public contracts and the procurement process more coherent, Budeshi is an attempt to demonstrate the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) across the public procurement value chain.

Linking Data

WORK SO FAR...


Over the years, procurement monitors have been occupied with verifying the performance of contracts awarded for various projects across the country. But the challenge has been to link available budget and procurement data to to the expected public service that contracts seeks to deliver.

why is this important?

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?


The number of public contracts executed in each year is such that no one agency or unit can verify them all. It is therefore, imperative that data standards are integrated into the current practise of keeping records around public resource utilization and that, at each stage, the records can be linked to other stages and ultimately, to the resulting public infrastructure/ service.

If such a system is deployed, then without having to physically visit every single location that a contract is being executed in, the analyses can point to red flags which indicate projects whose performance needs to be verified because of a questionable record. However, this would require data standards that link each contracting process across various stages.

The OCDS has mapped all stages in the contracting process from conception to project delivery and created uniform standards that enable links to be drawn.

Reaping the benefits

REAPING BENEFITS


As a result of its comprehensive mapping, OCDS can enable budget and procurement and contracting data to be linked to public services and, in that way, support the government in its attempt to discover red flags in the system.


Identifying these red flags would set a motion for accountability in public contract execution and ultimately lead to better service delivery.

HOW DOES THE OCDS WORK?

HOW DOES THE OCDS WORK?

1. Each contract from conception, to budget, to contract award and execution is given a unique identifier.

Linking Data
Advocacy

THE BUDESHI FACTOR


The OCDS is premised on the fact that we can prevent some of the expensive corruption investigations and prosecutions as well as inefficiencies across the procurement value chain by deploying data standards that enable us link various data from the budget, to procurement and ultimately to public services in a timely way

Additionally, the Budeshi platform is being used to carry out advocacy to public institutions seeking to have Open contracting adopted across the public service in Nigeria and beyond.

We welcome your support in making this a reality.

Advocacy

Budeshi is an initiative of the Public and Private Development Centre in partnership with the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University and Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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