About Open Alliance

Open Alliance is a group of civil society organizations seeking to promote good governance in Nigeria and ensure that it derives maximum benefit from openness and transparency needed for inclusive development and efficient service delivery.

Its objective is to see that Nigeria derives maximum benefit from openness and transparency needed for inclusive development and efficient service delivery.

Focus and Proposition

Open Budgets

A key component of OGP membership is public availability of government budget and financial records. Nigeria does not officially publish its budget in open formats and audit reports and government financial statements are not also accessible to the citizens. The cycle of fiscal accountability starts with open budgets and ends with audit report, the government must now give priority to sharing audit reports with the public. The team will deploy various advocacy methods to pressure the Office of the Auditor General and National Assembly Committees on Public Accounts Committees to proactively disclose audit reports. The Alliance will also target six states spread across the country for advocacy on open budget to ensure they follow same steps as federal government. BudgIT will be the anchor organization.


Open Contracting

Despite the existence of procurement laws which were passed in 2011 as the Public Procurement Act 2007, Nigeria does not conform fully with global reporting standards for contracts. The Alliance will work to ensure that legislations regarding procurement laws are followed and that the Open Data standards will be applied to presentation of data by government. Public Private Development Center (PPDC) will be the anchor organization.


Open Parliament

Strengthening democracy involves citizens having key understanding of parliamentary process with data as regards the National Assembly. Opportunities to engage with parliament for robust debate and also track their attendance opens up the legislature. Verbatim reports and key laws to be available to citizens with a corridor to engage them on issues with their community. EiENigeria through the Shine Your Eye platform will be the anchor for this.


Open Access

Privacy rights, Access to Information and other thematic areas that strengthen interaction is needed for the Nigerian society. Paradigm Initiative Nigeria has been forefront towards Net Rights, privacy and also Freedom of Information. They will be the anchor for this project.


Open Data Evidence

Open Data can be used as an opportunity to engage citizens, deepen transparency and accountability. Opportunity for more access to data has the potential to unleash new set of ideas that can help in ensuring institutional improvement and also drive citizen participation. Find-a-Med, Connected Development’s [CODE] Follow the Money NG and Tracka are glaring examples. CODE will be the anchor for this with support from BudgIT Tracka team. The World Bank Open Data Readiness Assessment Tool will also be considered.


Open Data for Business

This Alliance will also consider release of data from official sources that have potential raise new sets of entrepreneurs who have the potential to use access to data as an opportunity to drive economic activity.

 

Members

BudgIT Nigeria

Budgit is a social enterprise that creatively uses government data and provides a platform for citizens’ engagement and demand for good governance.


Private Public Development Centre

This is an organisation focused on activating and sustaining the emergence of empowered citizenship participation, through which good governance, sustainable development and a life of dignity can be attained by all. PPDC Mobilizes for integrity in Governance.


Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria)

EiE is a coalition of individuals and youth-led organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens.


Connected Development

A non-government organization whose mission is to provide access to information and empower local communities. Through her “Follow The Money” project, it advocates, visualizes and track funds meant for local communities.


Partners for Democratic Change

Partners for Democratic Change (Partners), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable institutions and strengthening civil society worldwide.


CLEEN Foundation

CLEEN is a leading Nigerian civil society organization with 17 years of experience working on security and justice sector reform initiatives in Nigeria. CLEEN has established strong relationships with the justice and security actors at the local and national level.


The West African NGO Network (WANGONeT)

Established in 2000, is an information and communication for development (ICT4D) organization that harnesses web and mobile technologies in programs and projects that advance transparency, public accountability and good governance.


National Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)

Our independent, non-profit organization provides policy advice and advocacy infused with lessons learned in the field and with insights developed through rigorous research. We share our knowledge and experience freely with policymakers, accountability actors, and the global campaign for improved international norms. We are particularly well placed to convene reform-oriented dialogue and to engage in constructive policy advocacy.


Omidyar Network

At Omidyar Network, we start from a fundamental belief: People are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. We believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large.


One

ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.


Cislac

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research, and capacity building organisation. Its mission is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues.