Written By David Stern, 12 Oct 2012

Do you think citizens are benefiting as much as they should from public resources? Could we benefit from more having more information about the way resources are spent? Can we solve the problem stemming from corruption and opaque contracting practices?

Open Contracting seeks to address these and other crucial questions.

Open Contracting is a collaborative effort seeking to enhance disclosure and monitoring of public contracts. This refers to norms, practices and methodologies for increased transparency and monitoring in public contracting, including contracts implemented by multilateral donors. Open Contracting begins with the disclosure of the relevant public procurement information from pre-award activities through contract award and implementation to allow for effective monitoring and accountability for results. It covers the variety of contract types, with an initial emphasis on large-scale concessions deals in land, extractive industries, infrastructure, forestry, and service delivery procurement contracts.

We would like to welcome you to Open-Contracting.org, and the Open Contracting blog! We hope that this site, and blog can serve as your one-stop shop for all things Open Contracting.

By visiting open-contracting.org, you can learn about this exciting global movement, keep up to date on the latest news, and take an active role in defining the importance of Open Contracting as well as by pledging your support for this movement.

Open Contracting is gaining momentum rapidly, and we have a lot of interesting things in store. Join us on October 24th for the first global meeting of Open Contracting in Johannesburg, South Africa! If you can’t be there in person, follow the livestream that will be available on the Johannesburg ‘Events’ page.

October 24th will position and profile Open Contracting in the public realm, and will include a high-level portion that will feature World Bank Institute Vice President Sanjay Pradhan, and other high-level officials from government and the private sector. The second and third days (October 25th-26th)  will include a series of meetings that will advance key streams of activities and develop a global movement around Open Contracting. On October 25th, Open-Contracting.org will feature livestream-exclusive content, so you can really feel like you’re a part of this important global meeting.

We invite you to take a look around the site, and to come back often as this is a very exciting time for Open Contracting and there will be many developments in the coming weeks and months.

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