Improving Access to Public Contract and Procurement Data

Local Project Kano, Nigeria Chapter

Coordinated by the Lead of Nigeria, Musa Magaga Alamin,

Status: Ongoing

Project background.

In Nigeria, it is estimated that up to 30 percent of all government contracts and procurement are awarded through corruption.

A survey found that 92% of firms had experienced some form of corruption when contracting with the government. The most common forms of corruption included bribery (68%), kickbacks (47%), and embezzlement (33%).

This high level of corruption in Nigerian contracts has led to several problems for the country. First, it has made it difficult for the government to attract and retain qualified personnel. Second, it has led to several poorly executed projects, which have often been abandoned. Third, it has made it difficult for the government to collect taxes, as many firms underreport their income to avoid paying bribes. Finally, corruption has made it difficult for the government to attract foreign investment, as many potential investors are unwilling to do business in a country where corruption is so prevalent.
Hence, there is a need for a more robust technological approach to facilitate accessibility and transparency in contract and procurement data.

The problem.

The project is designed to solve the problems of corruption, lack of transparency, and accessibility in government contract and procurement data by developing a dedicated web platform that links budget and procurement data to various public services using the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS), which will enable users to access procurement and contracting data such as budget, contract amounts, contractor details, status, and project location in Nigeria.

The projects will provide concerned users, researchers, NGOs, and anti-graft agencies with the means to download, monitor, track, and compare existing government contracts and procurements.

A language translation API will be integrated with the solution to eliminate language barriers and make it more accessible, especially for people who live in remote rural communities.

Project goals.

The project is designed to facilitate access to government contract and procurement data through:

  • Collection of contracts and procurement data on open-source contracting platforms such as Nigeria Open Contracting Portals (NOCOPO), Budeshi, and others.
  • Carrying out Contract data preprocessing.
  • Develop a web app for monitoring, downloading, analyzing, and visualizing open contracting data.
  • Developing and integrate a live monitoring dashboard for contracts and procurement data.
  • Deploying and hosting of the projects in the cloud platform.

Project plan.

  • Week 1

    Data Collection

  • Week 2

    Data Pre-Processing

  • Week 3

    Web app development

  • Week 4

    Web app development

  • Week 5

    Dashboard integration

  • Week 6

    Web app deployment and hosting

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