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Charlie Martial Ngounou

Founder, Open Data Program Manager
Cameroon, Central Africa
I am a certified expert in Municipal Finance (Worldbank), Public finance (Unitar), Decentralization and Local governance (Uclg), Open Government (Unpan), etc.
Founder of AfroLeadership, a civil society organisation promoting open government for transparency, accountability and citizen participation in Local governments and Cities specifically. We advocate to various stakeholders (supervising authorities, development partners, local governments, CSO) in Cameroon to increase institutional support for the use of a financial management information system (fmis) in Local governments and public bodies, in other to strenghten fiscal and budget transparency. Based on this previous work, we push for open budgeting to improve transparency and accountability in local governments and central governments using tools like BOOST or Open Spending to follow the money. We promote the use of civic technology for citizen participation like Fix My Street or some others. Through training and sensitization, we also build capacity in civil society organisations to increase budget/finance literacy and include open principles in their activities.
Owing to the work done by AfroLeadership to promote transparency and accountability , the International Association of French Speaking Mayors (AIMF) editor of a FMIS, appointed me as Representative in Cameroon for fiscal/budget transparency and accountability. In this capacity, I am the project manager for the implementation of AIMF's financial management information system in local governments in Cameroon and in some neighbouring countries like Chad and Gabon. Our project aims at structuring budget transparency and accountability, monitoring spending, public contracts and resource mobilization, implementing public finance reforms mainly accruals, program budgeting and general accounting norms, developing an information technology culture in urban and rural local governments. Even though there are still so many challenges and contraints on the field, the project has just been selected as one among best practices, by the OGP GIFT Fiscal Openness Working Group, to be presented at the Mexico OGP Summit.
I have also been selected as the main technical expert for a Municipal Finance Advocacy Group in the framework of a 2015-2020 AIMF / European Union Strategic Partnership, covering local governments in french speaking countries.
Finally, I am a proud member of the Independent Accountability Committee (IAC) of the Global CSO partnership for development effectiveness (CPDE).