[OpenSpending] Sunlight Foundation`s new international program

Budgit Nigeria budgitng at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 19:13:58 UTC 2013

*Júlia Keserű, *
*Congrats on joining Sunlight. I say that's a smart move. I lead an
organisation named BudgIT <http://yourbudgit.com/>, a Nigerian startup
using creative technologies to interprete Nigerian budgets to the citizens.
Recently, institutional reform has been repeated in our discussions, mostly
especially how we direct civic engagement on the budget to institutional
process improvement *
*Nigeria does not have a structured 'Congessional Budget Office' so the
contribution to budgetary matters at the legislative arm has been
dissapointing over the years. The new National Assembly Budget & Research
Office <http://nabro.org.ng/> (NABRO) meant to fulfil this function still
lacks statutory authority due to absence of an enabling law. While we await
the legislation to be sorted out soonesty, we are currently supporting
improving legislative budget organ capacity by reforming the NABRO data
management, archiving, technology appreciation & capacity building. We are
building an alternate secure website and we also provided a demo
<http://yourbudgit.com/nabro/>of a budget tracking tool for the MPs and
general public. This budget tracking tool still needs strong institutional
buy-in as this open platform pushes transparency. **We earnestly hope this
solves the fundamental problem in Nigerian budget process which is mainly
lack of transparency & accountability in terms of budget performance and
procurement process. *
*We will be welcome to any area Sunlight Foundation is willing to help most
especially in organisational & capacity support. *
*Thanks. *
*Oluseun Onigbinde *

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM, Julia Keserű <
jkeseru at sunlightfoundation.com> wrote:

> *(Sorry for cross-posting.)*
> *
> Hello everybody,
> After several years of working in the Hungarian transparency community, I
> have recently moved to Washington, DC to join Sunlight Foundation<http://sunlightfoundation.com/>and coordinate their new international program. I am truly honored by the
> opportunity and thrilled to let you know that this fascinating organization
> has decided to deepen their involvement in the global transparency
> movement.
> As part of its international program, Sunlight plans to push broad
> initiatives that are helping to define how open government works globally,
> developing the capacity of its NGO allies throughout the world, catalyzing
> future work by building research and evidence that support their
> priorities, and serving as a hub in the network of international
> transparency practitioners. Our major focus areas for the next coming years
> are legislative transparency where Sunlight has already taken a leading
> role in creating and coordinating a forum<http://www.openingparliament.org/>for national Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMOs), influence/money
> in politics and the transparency of political finance, and open data in
> general, where Sunlight plans to join with other groups to pursue
> meaningful transparency and accountability from open data.
> At this stage, I would really appreciate if you shared your stories,
> projects and challenges directly with me or just reach out to me if you
> think that Sunlight`s international program may be of any relevance to you.
> I’m really looking forward to working with all of you!
> Best,
> Júlia Keserű*
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