How to monitor emergency procurement with open data: lessons from 12 countries

March 23, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 3:10 pm

Speaker: Camila Salazar (Open Contracting Partnership)

Part of the Scrutiny, oversight & the data that makes it possible session of TICTeC Show and Tells 2021
Tuesday 23rd March, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

Unprecedented times call for quick decisions, and the pandemic has seen governments around the world implementing emergency procurement measures.

In 2020, the Open Contracting Partnership launched their COVID-19 Action Research Programme, supporting 12 research teams from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Kenya, Lithuania, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, and Uruguay to analyse open procurement data and understand how these countries had deployed such powers.

The objective of the research was to generate actionable recommendations to improve efficiency, effectiveness, fairness, integrity, and equity of public contracting, even in an emergency context. From May to August 2020, researchers analysed more than 1,355,000 emergency contracts, reviewed legal provisions, interviewed stakeholders, compared historical prices for protective equipment, assessed whether procurement practices and systems aligned with best practice, and developed data driven tools and methodologies to explore public contracts and to identify the most suitable suppliers.

Camila shares the findings and recommendations for six critical areas to improve emergency procurement, providing a summary of different methodologies that could be replicated in other contexts and giving suggestions for how open data can be used to monitor public contracting.

Link: Summary report and individual country papers

Please see the recording of Camila’s presentation below, as well as her presentation slides. You can also find her responses to the post-event Q&A in this document.