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?

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 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.

How does the OCDS work?

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

  • 2. Based on the unique identifier and visualization tools, comparison can be made between budgets and eventual contract sums, contracts without prior budget allocations can be easily identified, the completion rates of various contractors can be seen etc.

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.

At the moment, Budeshi has used datasets received from the Universal Basic Education Commission and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to demonstrate the benefits of deploying the OCDS across the public services.

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.

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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.