Open contracting format can clean up government procurement

What you need to know:

  • Every year, governments worldwide spend more than $9.5 trillion on procurement, but when, where and how the money is spent is, at the moment, largely invisible.
  • Countries at the forefront of this process include Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay.
  • Over-reliance on witness accounts sometimes leads to miscarriage of justice, especially when the corrupt frame innocent people in order to exonerate themselves, or simply interfere with witnesses.

The World Wide Web Foundation, working with the Open Contracting Partnership through a project supported by the World Bank and Omidyar Network, has created the first-ever Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS).

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