India’s Federal Procurement Data Infrastructure: Observations and Recommendations

India’s Federal Procurement Data Infrastructure: Observations and Recommendations

Improving transparency in public procurement, that is publishing more and better-quality data, supports accountability by enabling greater scrutiny over processes and outcomes as well as helping to achieve greater competition and better value for money. In India, according to the Ministry of Finance General Financial Rules (2017), all procuring authorities are responsible and accountable for ensuring transparency, fairness, equality, competition and appeal rights in contracting. […]

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

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

Adam, I., Fazekas, M. & Tóth, B. (2020). Measuring the benefits of open contracting: Case studies on Mexico, Paraguay, and Slovakia. GTI-WP/2020:01, Budapest: Government Transparency Institute. Enhancing the transparency of government in general and of public procurement processes in particular has been increasingly on the agenda of governments, civil societies and businesses as evidenced by initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership which has seen 70 […]

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Where does pressure for public procurement transparency come from? Reflections from Uganda and Tanzania

Where does pressure for public procurement transparency come from? Reflections from Uganda and Tanzania

Written by Isabelle Adam and originally published on the ACE-Global Integrity blog. For years, the benefits of transparency as a policy tool to increase accountability and counter corruption have been lauded. In public procurement, this has given rise to a global movement promoting procurement data transparency, a.k.a. open contracting. Many governments have committed to making public procurement data more transparent and open for public scrutiny. But […]

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Why is collecting and analysing data about public procurement so damned difficult? Data scientists explain some common problems

Why is collecting and analysing data about public procurement so damned difficult? Data scientists explain some common problems

Written by Elizabeth David-Barrett and originally published on the ACE-Global Integrity blog. Open data is often lauded as a magic pill for anti-corruption: reveal what’s going on, inform the public, and, presto, government will become more accountable. Oh, and big data just means bigger gains, right? Not quite. We have written elsewhere about the institutional and political challenges that can hinder the transparency –> accountability transformation. But […]

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Grand corruption and the authoritarian turn

Grand corruption and the authoritarian turn

If incoming governments in liberal democracies wish to use public contracts to benefit those loyal to them, they face institutional constraints. To implement corrupt procurement strategies they would need to sabotage these checks and balances. By comparing procurement data from Hungary and the UK, Liz Dávid-Barrett and Mihály Fazekas can identify the relative effect of such anti-democratic institutional changes, as seen in Hungary, on government patronage. Is liberalism really dead? In his […]

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Using ‘red flag’ indicators to identify corruption and analyse reform efforts in the procurement process

Using ‘red flag’ indicators to identify corruption and analyse reform efforts in the procurement process

Liz David-Barrett and Mihály Fazekas The campaign to open up contracting around the world has had a positive consequence for corruption researchers: there is an abundance of data about public procurement (government purchases of goods, works and services from an external source through a tendering process). In our GI-ACE project, we use this data to develop new proxy indicators of corruption risk, based on ‘red flags’ […]

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Data update of World Bank, IADB, and EuropeAid datasets on development aid funded contracts and projects

Data update of World Bank, IADB, and EuropeAid datasets on development aid funded contracts and projects

We are releasing an update on the datasets collected on development projects, public tenders, and contracts for three major donor agencies: the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and EuropeAid. The datasets not only republish structured data gathered from official source websites, but also contain corruption risk red flags developed by the research team. About the project We analyse how procurement can be manipulated […]

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Workshop in Uganda explores new data

Workshop in Uganda explores new data

On 13-14 October, Liz David-Barrett ran a workshop together with the Department of Mathematics at Makerere University, Uganda, and the African Maths Initiative on Analysing Corruption Risks in Procurement Data.  The workshop brought together top Maths and Statistics students with civil society experts on anti-corruption in Uganda to analyse data and look for ‘red flags’ of corruption risk. As well as using open-source statistics software […]

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Anti-corruption interventions in development aid: Is corruption reduced or merely displaced?

Anti-corruption interventions in development aid: Is corruption reduced or merely displaced?

Most anti-corruption interventions are small-scale and targeted. Hence, there is a risk that they simply displace corruption rather than reducing it as corrupt actors adapt to the new conditions. Direct attempts at improving corruption controls in one area might elicit two evasive tactics: corrupt actors could shift focus to areas with weaker controls or could more aggressively exploit the loopholes that remain. Observing such displacement […]

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Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Inter-American Development Bank

Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Inter-American Development Bank

This BBL delivered by Mihály Fazekas showcased the power of Big Data for detecting corruption risks, put forward recommendations on IDB data collection, and demonstrated some of the successful examples of anticorruption tools and interventions enabled by our new datasets and corruption risk indicators. The BBL provided an overview of IDB, World Bank and donor agencies’ public procurement datasets and links to other data such as […]

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