Please check out the message below from BudgIT. Yourbudgit.com is a technology start-up aimed at ensuring Nigerian are better informed on how people in government allocate and spend public funds. We had earlier featured them here.
BudgIT is a creative start-up with the drive to represent Nigeria’s budget in a more user friendly, accessible and understandable way. Our goal is to promote open access to data and ensure governance in Nigeria is strengthened with a focus on more user friendly presentations of state and federal budget through charts and performance analysis. BudgIT was named among the #top10startups of 2011 in a public poll.
Since our launch in September 2011, we have had robust discussions on social media networks and offline engagement forums with non-governemental organizations. We have presented facts to the Nigerian public on the critical role of the budget to the average literate Nigerian.
Due to the understanding of most Nigerians that government with a recurrent expenditure of 72% needs to cut its expenditure, we teamed up with EnoughisEnough Nigeria and the Co-Creation Hub Community to develop an online application that allows citizens prune government budget.The app was launched on January 12th 2012 at yourbudgit.com/2012cut.
Since our launch, Nigerians appetite to use the website shows an eagerness for good governance and need for leaner government. With the cutting of various budgets in Ministries and Agencies, it clearly reveals the thought pattern of many literate and mostly young Nigerians towards budgetary allocations. We plan to develop a mobile version of the online app. In addition, a detailed report and budget infographic will be published and sent to relevant governemt agencies and stakeholders.
BudgIT #CutGovWaste app was built freely within 60 active hours by a group of briliiant Nigerian Co-Creation Hub Community developers committed to more transparent Nigeria. So feel like the Coordinating Minister for Economy and help make government more efficient to free up funds for capital development.