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  • 8 Country reports published with recommendations for the public procurement system


    Recommendations have been published on public procurement and legislation for 8 countries. The recommendations were prepared within the framework of the project - Assessing Public Procurement Legislations and Practice in 8 countries, funded by the Open Up Contracting program and implemented by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). 

  • Open Tender: How Opening Up Contracts Can Prevent Corruption


    ICW has been developing an instrument called OpenTender to help people to monitor public procurement in Indonesia. The tool can analyze all e-procurement data in Indonesia and provides a risk score between 1 and 20 for each project. The score is in direct proportion with the risk of fraud and corruption.

  • Introducing the Local Open Contracting Initiative (LOCI)


    Introducing the Local Open Contracting Initiative (LOCI) March 26, 2019 It is at the local level where Open Government reforms, like Open Contracting, translate most directly into tangible results that matter to people, such as access to public education, healthcare, safe roads and clean drinking water. While local initiatives are emerging around the globe, they […]

  • The power of journalism


    Three years ago, a young but daring media organization in Guatemala, Laboratorio de Medios, decided to focus its work in two areas: accountability and municipalities. Everyone thought they were crazy—it was not only a seemingly very unattractive subject matter for average audiences, but it also presented a field full of obstacles (and risks). Opacity, few databases available, and government officials not used to supporting journalists or other social actors who try to build bridges between citizens and public institutions.But they kept true to their goal and continued shaping their project: OjoConMiPisto, a native digital media that has nowadays become a reference and inspiration to journalism students all over the country, as well as among acclaimed communications professionals throughout all of Latin America.

  • How data revealed more than just nepotism in the Philippines


    The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism meets Open Contracting. A story of how the PCIJ, a Hivos Open Contracting partner since 2017, used the resources it had at hand - together with an open contracting lens - to unravel the tangled web of government contracts and misuse of taxpayer money in the Philippines.

  • International Open Data Day 2019 is upon us: Let’s celebrate!


    International Open Data Day 2019 is upon us: Let’s celebrate! February 28, 2019 Open Data Day (ODD) 2019 is right around the corner, on Saturday, 2 March 2019!  Don’t know what it is? ODD is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. For the 9th time in history, groups from around the […]

  • Call for Proposals: Production of Open Contracting Videos


    Call for Proposals: Production of Open Contracting Videos The Open Up Contracting program is seeking a video production company that can produce 3 high quality videos, no more than 2 minutes per video. The videos will focus on 3 cases in 3 different regions where the program takes place: Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as 3 different areas of work in the program.

  • Call for Proposals: Grants for piloting investigative partnerships


    Call for Proposals: Grants for piloting investigative partnerships February 26, 2019 Background Over the last decade civil society organizations in the field of transparency, civic engagement and accountability are increasingly using data and technology for analysis, engagement and to create evidence for advocacy. Likewise, investigative journalists are increasingly using data for investigations to back up […]

  • Vino opens up on Open Contracting


    On the sideline of Hivos intervention at the OGP Meeting, we managed to pull Vino Lucero (PCIJ) briefly out of the sessions and talk to him for a little while.

  • Communique issued at end of ‘People Summit’


    A number of Indonesian and international civil society organizations have held a "People Summit on Alternative Development” meeting in response to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Meeting, held from Oct. 12 to 14 in Bali. The People Summit aimed to consolidate voices of national and international civil society in order to determine patterns of development that are useful for the community. A direct result from the People Summit, was a communique signed by multiple civil society organisations. Read the full text of the communique in the article.