The Information Platform for Public Infrastructure in Malawi (IPPI) has been officially accredited as an Infrastructure Data Standard publisher by the Open Contracting Partnership by Open Contracting for Infrastructure Data Standards (OC4IDS). As a result, Malawi is now the third African country, following Ghana and Uganda, to have an authorized infrastructure monitoring tool.
The IPPI was developed, with the support of UNIK Multimedia Technologies (UNIK), as part of the “Strengthening the Capacity of CSOs to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Public Infrastructure Projects in Malawi” project. The project is being managed by Partnership for Transparency, National Construction Industry Council, CoST Malawi, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, and Integrity Platform and is funded by the European Union. UNIK, operating out of Lilongwe, Malawi, was contracted to perform the technical updating of the platform.
Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera is a strong proponent of CoST Malawi and the IPPI was officially launched with a speech delivered by the President on July 12, 2022. He obliged procurement entities to upload all relevant and up-to-date documents and project information on the IPPI by August 31, 2022.
A tremendous effort was put into raising awareness of public officials about the IPPI and procuring entities, civil society organizations, and media representatives were trained on how to use the platform. As a result, within the first six months of its launch, the IPPI has data from approximately 145 projects, worth 3.5 trillion Kwacha ($3.44 billion). This project data was uploaded by 36 registered procuring entities. The expectation is that the milestone of achieving OC4IDS accreditation will ensure that more projects are uploaded onto the platform and that the data uploaded can be used to achieve greater transparency and accountability in public infrastructure procurement.