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  • Measuring the benefits of open contracting: Case studies in Mexico, Paraguay, and Slovakia


    The Government Transparency Institute has conducted a research study exploring short-term effects of transparency reforms on corruption risks, institutional efficiency, competition and prices, and on using public procurement databases. Procurement outcomes were compared in three countries (Mexico, Paraguay and Slovakia) before and after transparency regulation changes took place to determine whether the reforms had a measurable impact.

  • Balancing rights and trade: a tale of hypocrisy


    Balancing rights and trade: a tale of hypocrisy February 6, 2020 Opinion by Jonathan Huseman, Hivos Advocacy Officer, and Jolien van der Vaart, Communications Officer.  Last month, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) published an in-depth investigation into corruption and abuse of power in Angola: the Luanda Leaks. News agencies around the world started […]

  • Towards cities of integrity


    Local leadership is a vital ingredient in our response to the climate emergency and essential to achieve the SDGs. Although many cities and local governments are stepping up to the plate, they face unique governance challenges, and demographic and fiscal pressures. Overcoming these hurdles requires innovation and collaboration among diverse urban stakeholders, underpinned by shared norms of integrity. The Hivos Open Contracting team will be holding a joint session with African Centre For Cities at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Abu Dhabi (February 8 to 13), to explore ways to build cities of integrity. Our insights will focus in particular on innovative efforts to improve local public contracting.

  • Make data available, put them to good use


    While it is technically challenging to disclose all contracting data in the Philippine government’s open data portal, the real aim is to make ordinary Filipinos aware of and understand the information that is there so they can participate better in nation-building

  • Not a contradiction: Privacy and freedom of information


    In making data on public contracts available to citizens, government agencies should not pit data privacy against the right to information because the two are not contradictory. 

  • Open Data Day 2020 mini-grant scheme has been launched!


    We are happy to announce the launch of the mini-grant scheme for Open Data Day 2020.This scheme will provide small funds to support the organisation of open data-related events across the world on 7 March 2020. Hivos is among proud supporters of the mini grant scheme. Apply before 9 February!

  • Fight for justice after mine spill continues


    Fight for justice after mine spill continues January 6, 2020 Grupo México’s New Threat: The fight of a community affected by a toxic mega-mine spill continues By Claudia Ocaranza, PODER Journalistic Coordinator Five years after the spill of 40,000 cubic meters of copper sulphate in 2014, the communities in Sonora, Mexico, are still fighting for […]

  • Opening up Makueni’s procurement systems


    Opening up Makueni’s procurement systems December 19, 2019 On December 9 2019, Anti-Corruption Day, in Kenya one message was clear: the fight against corruption needs to be innovative because corruption is likewise becoming more inventive each year. The occasion was marked in Makueni County by leaders from across Kenya who gathered to celebrate strides made […]

  • Hivos re-affirms its commitment to Open Contracting in Africa


    Hivos re-affirms its commitment to Open Contracting in Africa December 17, 2019 Blog by Tony Kirita, December 17, 2019 The last week of November 2019 marked a major convening for the Open Contracting movement in Africa. The Local Open Contracting Initiative (LOCI) was held for the first time on 26 November 2019 along the side lines of […]

  • On the state on media freedom in the Philippines


    On the state on media freedom in the Philippines December 11, 2019 Red-tagging, intimidation vs. press: Duterte, state agents behind 69 cases Fraught still with attacks and threats - that is the sorry state of media freedom in the Philippines under the Duterte Administration. It highlights the unyielding reign of impunity, even as the nation […]