Open contracting in Africa.
Effective project monitoring and data use.
There has been an increasing focus on open contracting in community projects in recent years. The benefits of open contracting are clear: it helps to ensure that contracts are awarded fairly and transparently and that communities are consulted and involved in the decision-making process. In addition, open contracting can help improve the quality of project delivery and increase accountability and transparency.
As a result, many African countries are beginning to adopt open contracting principles in their community projects.
The Open Contracting Partnership -OCP typically holds community calls with the Open Contracting Africa Community-OCAC to discuss progress, challenges and the way forward with Open Contracting in Africa. The most recent community call was on the 20th of April 2022, where a team from Dataphyte Nigeria shared their experiences using open contracting for effective project monitoring. Here are some key ways.
There are still serious issues that need to be addressed, such as:
- The lack of timely and reliable data from governments about community projects
- The need for more transparency and accountability from government officials
- The lack of capacity among civil society organisations to effectively monitor community projects.
Despite these difficulties, progress is being made in open contracting in Nigeria. In Ebonyi State, for example. According to the Ebonyi State Open Data Portal, a total of $20 million was disbursed for the project in Uwana before. According to the portal, the Teachers’ Quarters were unfinished and abandoned more than a year after funds were released.
However, work on the project restarted two weeks after Dataphyte’s report on the project and was completed three months later.
When citizens use existing information to call for accountability, authorities are subsequently compelled to respond.
This is a clear example of how open contracting data can effectively improve project delivery and increase transparency and accountability. While there are still many challenges to be addressed, the Open Contracting Africa Community is committed to working together to overcome them and ensure that communities benefit from Open Contracting principles.