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Open Up Contracting

Program evaluation

2020 marks the last year of a unique five-year-long strategic partnership between ARTICLE 19, Hivos, IIED and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What a journey this has been! We would like to thank all our amazing partnbers and allies for the collaboration. We are proud of what we have achived together. Please have a look at the end evaluation of the progarm synthesis report of the evaluation of the Open Contracting program and its thematic case studies on the role of media and journalism, private sector engagement, local government engagement and engagement with marginalized groups

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About Open Up Contracting

How much money was spent to build the new public school? How did the government select the winning bid and company? Did that company actually deliver according to the contract? To answer these questions, citizens need access to information about the full public contracting process. Hivos and ARTICLE 19’s Open Up Contracting programme aims to foster more efficient, transparent and accountable contracting processes by working through and with civic society partners in seven countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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"Open data is moving from the tyranny of the expert to the wisdom of the crowd.”


Emer Coleman of the Government Digital Service

“Winning business through an open contracting process is not altruism, it's good business.”


Mo Ibrahim of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

"To turn commitments into results, we need actions not just from the government and private sector to disclose contracts, but also monitoring from civil society, media and parliaments.”

Sanjay Pradhan, CEO of the Open Government Partnership

"The efficacy of open data for improving the quality of public services gains momentum when various stakeholders are able to use available data to inform decision making. And data use depends on data accessibility. Through the twin pillars of "disclosure" for "engagement", the principles of open contracting emphasize this need."

Seember Nyager of Budeshi

“Using open data, open source, and an open standard is key to rebuilding the trust of Ukraine’s private sector in its government. The procurement reform is critical in order to save US$2 billion and meet national targets of economic development.”

Max Nefyodov, Ukraine, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

A guide to Open Up Contracting

We strive for more efficient, transparent and accountable contracting processes

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