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Friday, March 2 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Improving Service Delivery In Rural Communities Through Technology FULL

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Can technology intersect civic engagement and institutional reform to enhance service delivery? Like every other country, Nigerian government and agencies have public data and information that can help citizens make informed decisions. Today's citizens should know how government revenues are expended in the delivery of public infrastructure and funding of the budget.

Technology is a broad sphere, which is key to good governance. It is imperative that  citizens exploit innovation to establish transparent and accountable systems in our society. Budeshi and Tracka are digital tools designed to enhance transparency and accountable government in Nigeria.

This panel session will highlight how Budeshi.ng and Tracka have been used in enhanced implementation, tracking and red flagging of contractors and projects in over 20 states and 1,200 projects.

About Budeshi.ng Budeshi “open it” in the Hausa language) is an initiative of Public and Private Development Centre that aims to make government contracting information more transparent. It is doing this by linking budget and procurement data to the provision of public services and structuring the data, using the Open Contracting Data Standard, so that it can be visualized, searched, compared, and used. Budeshi’s work responds to the need for open, coherent, and usable data to enable better tracking and monitoring of public finance projects. 

About Tracka.ng Tracka was established by BudgIT to address critical issues surrounding social and economic development in Nigeria, precisely the lack of citizens inclusion in developmental projects, an ever-increasing number of abandoned projects and poor execution of the few projects implemented. Over the years, Nigerians in rural communities have little or no ideas about government projects in their communities, Tracka then enables citizens to collaborate, track and give feedback on public projects in their community. Tracka uses both online and offline engagement channels to keep residents informed about government projects. 

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Ayodeji Balogun

Ayodeji Balogun currently serves as the Country Manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX Nigeria) and the Regional Director for Africa Exchange Holdings Limited in West Africa, where he is pioneering the development of a private sector led commodities exchange and warehouse... Read More →
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Uadamen Ilevbaoje

Tracka Lead, BUDGIT
Uadamen is a Program manager with Nigerian-based BudgIT, an NGO.His work spans several projects funded by the UN Development Fund, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, Making All Voices Count and Omidyar Networks, to improve... Read More →
avatar for Juliet Ibekaku - Nwagwu, LL.M

Juliet Ibekaku - Nwagwu, LL.M

Barrister Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu has twenty-four (24) years postgraduate experience as an international criminal law attorney and development expert. She was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1993. She has a Masters degree in International Human Rights, Humanitarian... Read More →
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Gift Omoidedia

Budeshi Program Director, PPDC
Gift Omoidedia currently serves as the Budeshi Program Director with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC). She is very passionate about using Open Data advocacy to drive improved transparency, accountability and citizen's participation in governance. An avid supporter... Read More →
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Ayodeji Rotinwa

Freelance Journalist
Ayodeji Rotinwa is a Lagos-based freelance journalist who covers culture, development and social innovation across Nigeria and elsewhere on the African continent. He can be found online on Twitter - @ayodejirotinwa. Talk to me about LAGOS, things to know and places to go in the city... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Floor 3