The Local Open Contracting Initiatives (LOCI) is a global linking and learning mechanism for subnational Open Contracting (OC) initiatives and reforms. LOCI works with champions and reformers in government, civil society and the private sector to create and implement ambitious local OC initiatives to deliver better quality goods and services for the public, save the government money, and create a level playing field for business. Since its inception and kickoff in the summer of 2019, LOCI has grown to involve actors from Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe, numbering over 22 partners in 7 countries.
One of the advantages of a local open contracting initiative is the proximity of a government to the people that it serves – it allows for easier public participation in governance. Local initiatives can make a big difference even when a national initiative is in play because local and national contexts have different needs. Not to mention, bottom-up initiatives can influence national-level processes. Both local and national initiatives benefit from exchange and integration.
However, in the open contracting (OC) field, there are many countries and jurisdictions implementing initiatives with a relatively small number of experts available to support them effectively. As local jurisdictions (cities, provinces, counties, etc) increasingly implement OC, bottlenecks have become more pronounced. As a result, there is a need to learn and share good practices for leading and supporting local implementation. This is where LOCI comes in!
LOCI enables local initiatives to learn from each other to find out what works and what doesn’t. Participants learn how to move from ad hoc engagement with national governments and civil society toward strategic engagement. Ensuring that changes are demand-driven is key to the implementation and sustainability of new contracting reform processes. Determining demand becomes easier when local governments start a dialogue and work in tandem with civil society and the business sector. Direct and honest delivery of public service can then take place and lead to accountable and inclusive local governance.
Through peer learning, evidence, and practical guidance, LOCI supports actors to make their local OC initiatives more ambitious – to improve transparency, accountability, and effectiveness in an effort to deliver tangible results in better public service delivery. Linking aims to spark a more vigorous dialogue between subnational and national governments and civil society from the global south and global north. LOCI follows a staged and adaptive approach to linking and learning.
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- Capacity development: Increased capacities among governments and civil society to design, implement, and sustain ambitious local OC initiatives;
- Learning: Enhanced understanding of how to develop and implement relevant, specific, and ambitious reforms to open up contracting at local levels in the context of OGP processes by government and civil society actors.
- Knowledge & Tools: Increased availability of resources responding to the needs of government and civil society practitioners to advance open contracting in the OGP context.
- Advocacy: Increased uptake and robustness of local open contracting reforms, evidenced by more ambitious and relevant commitments in OGP Action Plans.
- Coalitions & Networks: An active and engaged thematic community advancing local open contracting reforms in the OGP context, globally and in-country.
To read more about implementing open contracting initiatives, take a peek at the answers to our most frequently asked questions here!
To get in touch with our LOCI Project Manager, contact Katria Tomko here!
LOCI is coordinated by the Humanist Organisation for Social Change (Hivos) in collaboration with its partners – the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Development Gateway (DG), the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos (ILDA), Young Innovations (YI), and the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP).