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Coalition members of East Africa open contracting coalitions from Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia join the WACMN to also share their experience, challenges and lessons from their contract monitoring work.

TheUganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition (UCMC) consists of 22 CSOs fostering and facilitating transparency and citizen-led monitoring of public contracts in six strategic sectors: education, health, water and environment, energy and extractives, works and transport, and agriculture. The Coalition is breaking ground by introducing open contracting to Uganda


Contract monitoring by the Rwandan Coalition on Contract Monitoring involves signing of agreements between the district (Lower Local Government) and all bidders for public sector contracts. RCCM monitors through the Integrity Pact tool in three districts on 5 construction projects. The coalition is made up of 12 coaltiion members.

In Zambia a number of civil society organizations are working on road monitoring, even if a formal coalition has yet not been formalized. Zambia is implementing a project called Good Governance in Roads Project (GGRP) Monitoring that began this year and is being implemented by National Association for Medium and Small Scale Contractors (NAMSSC) in Chipata and Solwezi districts of Zambia in terms of contractor compliance and adherence to Contract Agreement.

Sierra Leone coalition member walks participants through their approach and why they found important to develop a tool to monitor the procurement process.  They have focused on the procurement process covering goods, works ans services with a main focus on school construction in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone coalition member walks participants through their approach and why they found important to develop a tool to monitor the procurement process. They have focused on the procurement process covering goods, works ans services with a main focus on school construction in Sierra Leone.

Nigeria coalition has been monitoring the power sector in Nigeria.  The coalition has also been involved in building the capacity of other stakeholders such as journalists and the media.

Nigeria coalition has been monitoring the power sector in Nigeria. The coalition has also been involved in building the capacity of other stakeholders such as journalists and the media.

Top: Liberia country coalition makes presentation to WACMN participants
Bottom: Engaging in discussion about Liberia’s contract monitoring of waste management and keeping Monrovia clean.

Ghana country coalition presents their achievements to coalitions members of the WACMN and other participants

Ghana country coalition presents their achievements to coalitions members of the WACMN and other participants

Highlights from Opening Day of WACMN Forum on April 1, 2014 in Accra
source: @normsgarza

Highlights from Opening Day of WACMN Forum on April 1, 2014 in Accra
source: @normsgarza

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Checking out the local wares

Checking out the local wares

Inspiration in Accra (thanks Seember!)

Inspiration in Accra (thanks Seember!)

Trying Ivorian street food in Accra - delicious!

Trying Ivorian street food in Accra - delicious!

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