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.

The Budeshi Factor

The OCDS is premised on the fact that we can improve the integrity of our procurement systems, prevent some of the expensive corruption investigations and prosecutions and 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 is using publicly available contract award data to demonstrate the benefits of deploying the OCDS. As more procurement data is disclosed, Budeshi would use unique identifiers to link various stages in the contracting process to the eventual public services that emerge from contract implementation.

Budeshi serves as a demonstration and a pilot to achieving Kenya's OGP commitment on implementing the Open Contracting data standards across the public sector.

We welcome your support in making this a reality.

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.

Innovation

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