Advocacy for OC

Resources to support advocacy and awareness raising activities on the importance of addressing procurement corruption and highlighting the utility of open contracting.


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Join us for the launch of the Government Transparency Institute’s (GTI) and Transparency International Health Initiative’s new report About this Event Join us for the launch of the Government Transparency Institute’s (GTI) and Transparency International Health Initiative’s new report; “Modelling Reform Strategies for Open Contracting in Low and Middle Income Countries” – evaluating the effectiveness…


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Publishing Government Contracts: Addressing Concerns and Easing Implementation

This report documents examples of the benefits of contract transparency: a 50 percent increase in
competition for government tenders in Slovakia, reduced variation and lower average prices in hospital supplies in Latin America, lower costs for social housing in France, the exposure of significant political party funding by sole-source contract winners in Georgia, and civil-society monitoring of a social development fund by a mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Developing an anti-corruption advocacy plan: a step-by-step guide

Successfully fighting corruption requires widespread public engagement and pressure. But effective engagement doesn’t just happen; it is a creative and constructive process that involves planning strategic activities to inspire people to confront corruption as a major social, economic and political offence and a violation of human rights.

This Transparency International (TI) advocacy guide seeks to assist TI’s National Chapters and other civil society organisations through this process of:

1. Analysing problems, finding solutions and identifying stakeholders;
2. Defining the objectives and other building blocks of an advocacy plan;
3. Assessing risks and reviewing feasibility and sustainability;
4. Planning activities and linking them with resources; and
5. Checking how successful the advocacy plan has been.


This press statement is to call upon government and other public agencies to ensure that they conduct procurement of essential medical commodities and equipment in a more Transparent and accountable manner.


South Africans have witnessed in recent months of the Covid-19 pandemic how our procurement policies and laws can create opportunity for corrupt people, including government officials, to steal from the state’s purse.

Sealing Corruption Loopholes in Kenya’s Health Procurement System

As we mark World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2016, 25 million Kenyans continue to be threatened by a mosquito smaller than out fingernail. One in five Kenyans occupying our hospital beds and three in ten Kenyans visiting our health facilities are wrestling with the effects of malaria. Kenya loses 170 million working days to the disease annually.

This year’s global theme is “Ending malaria for good”. Globally, smart investments and strong partnerships between Governments, not for profit organisations and the private sector have reduced malaria mortality by 60% with 6.2 million lives saved by the year 2000. On the eve of World Malaria Day 2016, three public interest organisations namely the Society for International Development (SID), Transparency International-Kenya (TI-Kenya) and the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDs (KELIN) can reveal that the Public Procurement Oversight Authority has violated the law and maintained a Market Prices Index with highly inflated pricing standards for medical equipment and essential medicines.

Opinion: How to tackle corruption in health procurement

Covid-19 has created conditions in which corruption in health procurement can flourish. Open contracting would bring this notoriously opaque process into the light.

TI HI’s blog (originally published on Devex) outlines the links between Covid-19 and procurement corruption and highlights the importance of implementing open contracting to counteract these corruption risks.

Case Study: What is the cost of poor procurement practices?

Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) is a DFID-funded project which seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of public procurement in the health sector. By ensuring that the procurement of things like medical supplies and the building of health centres is conducted openly and transparently, it greatly reduces the chance of a situation like that in Aromo repeating.

In Lira County, Uganda, Transparency International Uganda has worked with and trained individuals representing three key stakeholder groups:

  1. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are trained to conduct monitoring of procurement and construction processes.
  2. The private sector to form a Private Sector Association which provide a collective voice for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) on issues of procurement corruption and bidding processes.
  3. Relationships are built with government officials to ensure they are completing contracting processes.

Making the Case for Open Contracting in Healthcare Procurement (TI HI publication)

TI-HI’s report “Making the Case for Open Contracting in Healthcare Procurement examines the utility of open contracting in healthcare procurement. The process relies on governments to disclose procurement information to businesses and civil society improves stakeholders’ understanding of procurement processes increasing the integrity, fairness and efficiency of public contracting.

In several countries, including Honduras, Ukraine and Nigeria, corruption was significantly reduced throughout the healthcare procurement process following the implementation of open contracting, according to the report.


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