Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Public Infrastructure Projects in Malawi
The project is designed to enhance the procurement monitoring capability of CSOs in Malawi, and will focus on achieving the following specific objectives:
- A sufficient number of CSOs are trained to monitor public infrastructure procurement at the project level and to analyze budget expenditures on public infrastructure procurement at the national land district levels in Malawi. This will include familiarizing trainees on using the Information Platform for Public Infrastructure (IPPI);
- Through cooperating with relevant duty bearers, CSOs will have demonstrated their capacities to monitor public infrastructure procurement at the project level and to analyze budget expenditures in public infrastructure procurement at the national and district levels;
- The IPPI is fully operationalized to enable compliance with the FDR regulations in public infrastructure procurement;
- Evidence-based dialogue is promoted between duty bearers and CSOs aimed at improving performance in public infrastructure procurement.
The project consists of four activities:
(a) Building capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for increased transparency, accountability and integrity and monitor procurement at the national and local levels in Malawi in the water supply and sanitation (WSS), transport and building sectors;
(b) Facilitating CSO involvement in public infrastructure procurement monitoring and advocacy programs, through applying the skills they have learnt in capacity building activities;
(c) Carry out two assurance studies each on at least 25 projects that provides an independent review of the disclosed information, highlighting issues of concern that CSOs can use to hold government to account Facilitating CSO involvement in procurement monitoring and advocacy programs, through applying the skills they have learnt in the capacity building activities; and
(d) Conducting a project evaluation.
Managing Director, CoST Malawi
Country Manager, CoST Malawi
Regional Manager, CoST Africa
Coordinator – Governance Programs, ACIC
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, ACIC
About Our Partners:
CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST) is one of the leading global initiatives improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure. CoST works with government, private sector and civil society to promote the disclosure, validation and interpretation of data from infrastructure projects. This helps to inform and empower citizens and enables them to hold decision-makers to account. Our experience indicates that Informed citizens and responsive public institutions help drive reforms that reduce mismanagement, inefficiency, corruption and the risks posed to the public from poor quality infrastructure. Malawi joined CoST during the pilot stage in 2008, after the Government of Malawi expressed interest in the principles of the initiative through the Office of the Director of Public Procurement. The CoST approach is focussed on four core features: disclosure, assurance, multi-stakeholder working and social accountability. These features provide a global standard for CoST implementation in enhancing infrastructure transparency and accountability. The disclosure process ensures that information about the purpose, scope, costs and execution of infrastructure projects is open and accessible to the public, and that it is disclosed in a timely manner. Before Malawi joined CoST, infrastructure data was disclosed only at the contract award stage of the project cycle. Since joining CoST, this has developed to cover the entire project cycle.