As a multi-stakeholder initiative we work with partners worldwide, such as governments, businesses, civil society organizations, academia, and the media, to open up government procurement and make sure problems get fixed.
To make open contracting successful and sustainable, we believe that it is essential to support strong, local partners. Where needed, we work alongside our partners.
We have specific engagement agreements with the following organizations to broaden our impact and reach.
- We are a co-sponsor of the Green Accountability Initiative of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).
- OCP has been selected onto EBRD’s first CSO Steering Committee.
- Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Memorandum of Understanding with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Open Government Partnership
- CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
- We are part of the Allied Organizations Network of the Financial Transparency Coalition.
- We are a General Steward for the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT).
- Memorandum of Understanding with Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting
Our engagement criteria
When there is a request or opportunity for us to deploy higher intensity support (funding, consultants, in person training and support), we will assess the opportunity according to the following investment criteria:
- Clear goal: To what extent is there a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) goal that our implementing counterparts (government and/or non-government) are trying to achieve through open contracting, including addressing specific problems or tied to specific social results?
- Mandate: To what extent is there a robust, specific, and actionable political mandate, clear leadership, action plan, and/or compliance mechanism, to help achieve the goal?
- Political buy-in: To what extent are there influential government and non-government actors who are willing to spend their political capital and other needed resources to achieve the goal?
- Resources: Are there clearly identified resources (especially money) backing the implementation?
- Skills: To what extent do actors have the knowledge and skills—public contracting and/or sector-specific, and data-related technical—to achieve the goal?
- Data infrastructure: To what extent do actors have the existing technical infrastructure to achieve their goals? How big of a LIFT would it be?
- Collaboration: To what extent are actors willing and capable of working together to meet the goal?
- Opposition: To what extent is there opposition to the goal?
- Physical security: What is the country’s level of access to information, civil liberties and civil society repression?
- Strategy, learning & community building: To what extent might this implementation help us, our partners and the wider global community to learn and improve our work and to advance global advocacy?
- Internal skills & capacity: To what extent does the OCP team itself have the internal skills and capacity needed for this engagement or project?