How Citi­zens are ensu­ring imple­men­ta­tion of Govern­men­tal Spending


Every year, governments draw up finan­cial budgets to chan­nel the use of tax payers’ money in all sectors of the economy. In some coun­tries, detailed reports are also provi­ded how these funds were appro­pria­ted while in other coun­tries, such infor­ma­tion is regar­ded as state secret thus paving the way for corrupt prac­ti­ces. In Nige­ria for example, a  closer look at the 2017 budget reve­a­led that sewage collec­tion in a single government buil­ding incre­a­sed by 765% with any clear justi­fi­ca­tion. With the avai­la­bi­lity of open data, start-up compa­nies, jour­na­lists, finan­cial insti­tu­ti­ons and data enthu­si­asts are now able to inde­pendently track government spen­ding. How can this be achie­ved and how can the process be made more effi­ci­ent and accurate?

Data­sets used

Budget infor­ma­tion is usually provi­ded in a long verbose docu­ment that cannot be easily unders­tood by ordi­nary citi­zens and are not machine read­a­ble for analy­sis. A data driven company in Nige­ria, BudgIT, reco­gni­zed that it can achieve more trans­pa­rency for current and plan­ned projects with open data records to support compa­nies in aligning their stra­te­gies with government spen­ding. To achieve this, data­sets such as histo­ri­cal federal and state finan­cial budgets, infla­tion rates, tax reve­nues, government reve­nues, debts, loans, and record of actual government expen­dit­ure are used.

Adva­neo Data Marketplace

Such a large set of finan­cial infor­ma­tion are not readily avail­able from a single source. Gathe­ring such data will involve an exhaus­tive search from various government portals such as minis­try of finance, submis­sion of Request for Infor­ma­tion (RFIs) from various other sources. The Adva­neo data market­place offers:

Cate­go­ri­sed Data­sets: We provide over a million data­sets from various government portals and global econo­mic data. Each data­set has been proces­sed to ensure they lead to valid acces­si­ble data endpoint and have been cate­go­ri­sed for easier access.

Closed User Groups: Data mining, sorting and corre­la­tion tasks cannot be effi­ci­ently done in isola­tion. The Adva­neo data Market­place provi­des the option to create closed user groups where preli­mi­nary findings or data­sets can be shared first with colla­bo­ra­tion partners.

Secu­rity and Privacy: Finan­cial data could some­time be clas­si­fied as criti­cal data espe­cially if it provi­des insight to inter­nal invest­ment plans or stra­tegy of compa­nies. The Adva­neo data market­place archi­tec­ture ensu­res data­sets provi­ded by compa­nies remain private to the company as there is no repo­si­tory of such data­sets on the market­place.  Exchange of data occurs directly between a provi­der and user ensu­ring data sover­eig­nty and gover­nance by the data provider.


Tracking government spen­ding not only provi­des more trans­pa­rency with how tax payers’ money has been produc­tively utili­zed, but also leads to better budget perfor­mance and prevent corrupt prac­ti­ces. The data, which is avail­able on a single data market­place, will help compa­nies to reli­ably plan future busi­ness steps.

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