Budget AccountabilityDemocracy and Governance
Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, reports that Nigeria has “scant to no” information available on its budget for the public -- the legacy of decades of military rule that created a thriving culture of government corruption. Citizen organizations are often ill-equipped to analyze complex budgets and remain challenged in their goal to create effective public oversight to end corruption. Today, Oluseun Onigbinde is leading a movement to increase transparency and accountability in the budgeting process in Nigeria and make complex budget information easier to understand and increasingly accessible to citizens.
The New Idea:
Believing that data can be a powerful mechanism for change when communicated effectively, Oluseun and his organization, BudgetIT, are creating new ways to share public government budget information with Nigerian citizens. At the core, Oluseun’s model is a website that breaks down budget data to its simplest form and uses eye-catching graphics to display this information. The general public can engage in quirky games on this website -- including one which allows users to cut the Nigerian budget by category and see how much money they have saved. Oluseun also fills requests by specific citizen organizations to break down the national budget into its simplest form and create tailored reports based on their advocacy needs.
BugdIT’s website has already had over 500,000 hits, drawing citizens to it with innovative campaigns like asking citizens “what would you do with 1 billion naira?” on the radio. Moreover, Oluseun is successfully partnering with a coalition of over 40 national citizen sector organizations, and has created over 300 specific budget reports for various groups wishing to promote transparency and accountability and make budget information more easily accessible and digestible for the public.
Invest in Oluseun Onigbinde:
With your support, Ashoka will help Oluseun expand his efforts to bring an end to corruption in Nigeria.
This listing is the 1st month out of 36 months that Ashoka has committed to this Fellow.
- Budget Accountability
- Democracy and Governance
- Fellow Name
- Oluseun Onigbinde
- Amount Requested
- Date Posted
- July 05, 2012