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Thursday, September 3 • 16:00 - 18:00
Mobilizing societies to end impunity in contracting

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Public procurement is one of the most useful tools governments have to deliver public services and fulfil the rights of citizens. When governments buy goods or services efficiently, schools are built; hospitals work, highways function and public services are successfully delivered. However, public procurement has traditionally been a closed space to society: information about public tenders is restricted, bidding terms are unclear or contracts are hidden from the public. Such opacity fosters corruption and often high levels of impunity, reducing the conditions for competitive procurement processes.

During the last decade, through different paths, civil society organizations and citizens’ groups have demanded access to information about contracts and have monitored different stages of public procurement as a way of enhancing the benefits of procurement and maximizing the use of public resources. The increased availability and reach of information technologies and the awareness of the power of open data has pushed the demand for increased openness regarding contracting even further. Some of these demands have been transformed into specific tools and mechanisms with significant impact on public procurement in different countries around the world. Moreover, some of these tools have also been developed jointly by governments and civil society organizations. Private sector has increasingly become aware of the importance of this openness and supportive of it. Still, some of these experiences are not connected between them and their impact may not be up to their potential to systematically reduce corruption and impunity.

This session addresses how the articulation of these different and diverse experiences from different actors -ranging from disclosing contracting information to engaging citizens on monitoring or private sector in promoting disclosure- can improve openness and accountability in public procurement processes. The Open Contracting initiative is already bringing together these set of experiences, along with their practitioners. The objective is not only to foster the implementation of such tools and mechanisms but also to collaboratively think about innovative approaches that improve open contracting and discourage corruption and impunity.

Moderators
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Marcela Rozo

Open Contracting Program Leader, World Bank

Speakers
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Monica Lopez Baltodano

Executive Director, Popolna Foundation, Nicaragua
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Eduardo Bohórquez

Director, Transparencia Mexicana
Eduardo Bohórquez es Director de Transparencia Mexicana, capítulo de Transparencia Internacional en México. En 2009 diseñó el "Mecanismo de Participación Social en Guarderías" y que en 2015 obtuvo uno de los reconocimientos del Premio de Gobierno Abierto. Recientemente coordinó el libro "Opening Parliaments", sobre la apertura de los Congresos en el mundo. Es miembro del Consejo Asesor de Datos Abiertos del Gobierno de México y de la... Read More →
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Angelita Gregorio-Medel

Under-secretary for Institutional Development, Government of the Philippines
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Mathias Huter

Executive Director, Forum Informationsfreiheit
With Forum Informationsfreiheit, I advocate for the Right to Information and more transparency in Austrian politics and administration. We are currently working to launch Parteispenden.at, a website keeping track of the finances of Austrian parties. | I also work as a consultant on open data, anti-corruption and transparency issues. From 2009 to 2014, I worked in leadership positions with Transparency International Georgia, where I focused... Read More →
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Nisha Thompson

Director, Data{Meet}, Datameet
Nisha Thompson has a background in online community organizing. She has worked for the Sunlight Foundation in Washington DC, with online communities to use US government data to hold elected officials accountable. She moved to Bangalore in October 2010 where contributed to a research report on Open Government Data in India for the Centre for Internet and Society. Then was manager of the Data Project for Arghyam, a Trust... Read More →
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Tricia Yeoh

Chief Operating Officer, Institute For Democracy And Economic Affairs (Idea

Rapporteur
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Georg Neumann

Senior Communications Manager, Open Contracting Partnership
Georg Neumann is Senior Communications Manager at the Open Contracting Partnership. Georg learned his transparency ropes at Transparency International, opening the organization’s first social media profiles and blog, relaunching its website, and coordinating the global movement’s internal communication. Georg also initiated Transparency International’s social accountability initiative on technology and anticorruption. Prior to joining the... Read More →


Thursday September 3, 2015 16:00 - 18:00
Hall 7

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