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AfroLeadership promotes Open Contracting Data Standard.

AfroLeadership is a member of a consortium of Civil society Organizations that lead the project “Strengthening Budgetary Governance for the Sustainable Provision of Basic Services While Respecting the Preservation of the Environment” funded by the European Union. This project responds to the objective of the Cameroon-European Union strategic cooperation plan to support Cameroonian civil society organizations in their efforts to contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth in Cameroon. The project’s main objective is to contribute to the strengthening of budgetary governance for an improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of public policies as well as the access of the population to quality information. A specific objective of the project is to strengthen the public procurement system.

The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is an independent non-profit public charity 501(c)(3) working in over 50 countries, based in Washington DC. OCP is a silo-busting collaboration across governments, businesses, civil society, and technologists to open and transform government contracting worldwide. Bringing open data and open government together, OCP makes sure public money is spent openly, fairly, and effectively on public contracts, the single biggest item of spending by most governments. Since 2014, AfroLeadership is a partner of OCP to spread its mission in Cameroon and Francophone African countries. We took part in many activities organized by OCP. We were funded this year by OCP due to our work on procurement and Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS). On September 28, through Charlie Martial Ngounou, AfroLeadership will be a speaker in a webinar organized by OCP on sustainable public procurement.

As a significant actor in public procurement, on 15 September 2022, at the Merina Hotel in Yaoundé, AfroLeadership was invited to a workshop on the presentation and appropriation of the digital platform for monitoring public contracts in Cameroon organized by the consortium of CSOs. Victor Bertrand WAMBA, Project Manager on civic technologies at AfroLeadership, in his exposé shared the history, mission, and principles of OCP. Later, he explained what Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) is, and its purpose. Finally, he showed the functionalities of the procurement platform.  Public administrations, local authorities, and technical development partners, CSOs, young people involved in participatory and inclusive development through public finance and natural resource management for the implementation of the SDGs in Cameroon were invited to this workshop.

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