procurement as an approach is not new, in recent years it has been majorly
shaped and promoted by an approach called “open contracting”. Both concepts at
their core are the practice of publishing and using
accessible information throughout the procurement cycle to ensure that the vast
sums of public money are spent honestly, fairly, and effectively.
we talk of open contracting however, we are referring to an updated concept
that is able to deal with modern world dynamics. It heavily emphasises the use
of data, technology and global cooperation to achieve transparency aims while
providing contemporary framework of principles that
governments, civil society and businesses can strive to attain.
contracting does tackle corruption. It reduces the space for corrupt acts such
as collusion and undue influence, key causes for each of the five holes. For
example, in Honduras, in March 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH)
received 700,000 bottles of multivitamins which were found using transparent
tender specifications to contain only 4 of the 11 vitamins specified. The
company owners, including a member of the Honduran Congress, were charged with
crimes against public health and falsification of documents.
the true value in Open Contracting is that it does not focus solely on
corruption. The generation of evidence of trends in procurement system allows
governments to track, learn and generate more value. Open Contracting has
achieved savings of 5-15% in medicines and medical equipment procurement.
Combined, that is an extra 7.2-22bn rubber ducks ($144 – $432 bn) that the
world could enjoy per year. Open Contracting is good for government, good for
anti-corruption and good for health, an opportunity for cooperation that is all