Oluseun Onigbinde

Ashoka Fellow
Lagos, LA, Nigeria
Fellow Since 2012


This profile was prepared when Oluseun Onigbinde was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Oluseun founded BudgIT to retell the Nigerian budget and public data in finer detail across every literacy span. His first audience is civil society. BudgIT has partnered with a coalition of forty citizen organizations (COs) based in Abuja that works nationwide. Oluseun breaks down the national budget into its simplest form and creates tailored reports based on their advocacy needs.

Today in Nigeria, as in many countries, there are four defined stages of the national budgeting process, each of which provide a key and necessary opportunity for active citizen sector participation. During both the initial drafting stage, and then the review stage—when the President’s proposed budget is debated, amended, and eventually approved by the legislative branch, stakeholder groups can influence the conversation through testimony at the public budget hearings held in conjunction to these processes. These groups could also lobby individual legislators to prioritize certain issues, or generally call the public’s attention to key issues. Oluseun is facilitating greater openness on fiscal matters in Nigeria by (i) creating the tools to enable those parts of government that would like to be transparent to do so (ii) making government budget data user-friendly for groups who want it, yet have not had a consistent way to access it and (iii) expanding an engaged constituency in government accountability in a sophisticated manner.
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