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.

Making sense of data

Work done so far

Since 2011, there have been efforts by the contract monitoring group in Uganda to promote disclosure and citizens participation across all stages of public contracting with the ultimate objective of increasing value for money in public contracts. These efforts have focused on advocacy on increased disclosure; particularly because of the difficulty in accessing information at each stage in the public contracting process.

Why is this Important for Uganda?

The number of public contracts executed in Uganda 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 lasting benefits

As a result of its comprehensive mapping, OCDS can enable budget, 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.

This will lead to a greater engagement of citizens in how their government is run and in turn contribute towards higher living standards for all Ugandans.

How Budeshi works

  • First, each contract (from conception to budget, contract, award and execution) is assigned a unique identifier.

  • Second, using a set of user-friendly visualization tools, comparisons 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.

Support for Budeshi

Budeshi is based on OCDS which 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.

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 Uganda and beyond.

Therefore we welcome your support in making this noble initiative a reality in our country.