How open contracting is taking hold
In 2015, we saw the Open Contracting Data Standard turning from a theoretical exercise into actual useful data. Up until the first quarter of 2016, our helpdesk was busy supporting over 50 partners from 22 countries. At the UK Anti-Corruption Summit, 14 countries commited to implementing the Open Contracting Data Standard. This is in addition to existing commitments as part of the Open Government Partnership.
In Ukraine, the data standard is the model for the new open source e-procurement system Prozorro and publishes data up to the point of the award of the contract, including planning, tenders, bids, and contracts. Montreal is publishing contract award data. In Paraguay, data is available for tenders, awards, contracts, and contract extensions. In addition, Public Works and Government Services in Canada has published a pilot data set of historical contract data.
Implementation of the data standard is in progress in Colombia, Mexico City, Romania, the UK, and Zambia. Both Vietnam and Moldova are developing a pilot of standard compliant data using historical data. Nepal successfully completed a pilot in 2014 and is looking towards full implementation in 2016. Mexico’s federal government is piloting open contracting in the new Mexico City airport project and in its public-private partnership project RedCompartida.
Civil society can be an important user of public contracting data as well. Actors in Russia, Taiwan and Nigeria are experimenting with converting public contracting information into the data standard for purposes of analysis, training and advocacy.
The World Bank is implementing open contracting projects in Zambia, Vietnam, Mexico, Indonesia, Mongolia and the Philippines.