Improving Transparency and Accountability in Public-Private Partnerships KADUNA STATE
Description of project
The Kaduna State Investment Promotion Authority (KADIPA) sought to provide accurate and timely information regarding its activities to the public and other interested parties. To fulfill this objective, the World Bank and the Kaduna State Government undertook and completed a PPP Disclosure Diagnostic. A customized disclosure framework for Kaduna State was also created as part of this work, including a detailed list of elements to be disclosed with timelines for disclosure.
This was in line with the government's commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Goal 16 of the SDGs explicitly aimed to "build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels." In addition, transparency and accountability remained key principles in achieving targets related to income, poverty, water, education, energy, and cities, all of which were directly related to the provision of public services that could be accessed universally. The role of PPPs in the provision of these services was critical and acknowledged in Goal 17 of the SDGs, which sought to "encourage and promote effective public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships."
The KADIPA was confident that transparency and accountability in PPPs were fundamental to fulfilling its development mandate. It also believed that transparency was essential to increasing public awareness about PPPs and increasing the public dialogue on PPPs, and was critical for enhancing good governance, accountability, and promoting engagement with stakeholders. This would, in turn, enable interested members of the public to better understand and engage in informed discussions about PPPs, ultimately strengthening development outcomes.
The scope of work included customizing the disclosure portal for the Kaduna State Government using the existing source codes and documentation already created for the governments of Ghana, Kenya, Honduras, and Nigeria. The government was guided in the deployment and population of the portal and its disclosure. The work also included training government officials in the use of the portal, maintaining the portal for the government during the course of implementation and for a period of six months following completion of the work, and handing it over to the government at the expiry of the period.
Aninver worked under the supervision of the Task Team Leader and undertook the following tasks:
- Prepared an inception report based on the scope of work, deliverables, and timelines outlined in the ToR and the Country Disclosure Diagnostic.
- Assessed the existing data on PPP, evaluated the current technology infrastructure used, and determined its technical adequacy for disclosing PPP information.
- Created a customized disclosure portal for Kaduna State, utilizing the source codes and documentation already produced for the Governments of Ghana, Kenya, Honduras, and Nigeria.
- Ensured that the JSON-based APIs used in the portal complied with the Open Contracting Data Standards and aligned with the structures defined in the OCDS for PPPs profile.
- Corrected any identified deficiencies in the existing prototype in consultation with the team, gaining approval and acceptance from the project team.
- Developed useful project analytic and visual aids to facilitate understanding and interpretation of the information entered in the portal.
- Created a customized user manual based on the existing manual.
- Conducted training sessions for government counterparts in the country on how to use the portal, with two trainers accommodating a maximum of 60 participants.
- Provided guidance to the data entry consultants and government officials throughout the data entry process.
- Maintained the site and offered technical support during the implementation period and for an additional six months following the completion of the work.
- Participated in all conference calls with clients and stakeholders.