As we were getting our bags ready for an exciting week in Mexico at the Open Government Partnership Summit, we had a quick look at how many governments committed to transparent and participatory public procurement. In fact, two out of three have done so.
This is great news. But important gaps remain. We need contracts to be open by default, better data using the Open Contracting Data Standard, but most vitally, we need a stronger commitment to engaging with civil society throughout the process of government deal-making.
Meet us at the OGP Summit
We have analyzed the government’s commitments to opening up public procurement in more detail. In a brief we’ll be sharing during the conference, we explain the key developments, gaps, and why we believe open contracting is essential for open government to fulfill its promise.
Here’s where you can join us and speak to some of the early adopters of open contracting:
Learning Session at the Civil Society Day
Tuesday, October 27, 3:30pm
Impactful Implementation of Open Contracting
High-Level Panel at the OGP Summit, co-hosted with the World Bank
Thursday, October 29, 4pm
How Can Open Contracting Impact Development
We’ll also be joining panels on therole of joined-up data standards in meeting and monitoring the SDGs, and theglobal impacts of open data.
But already on Monday, October 26, we’ll be at the ResourceContracts DataDive together with our partners at the NRGI, Cadasta, the World Bank, Social Tic, and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. From 10am-5pm you can drop-in and get hands-on support preparing, publishing and using open contracting data at TelMex Hub. As well as working on building connections between Open Contracting Data Standard and the ResourceContracts.org work on extractives contracts, we’ll be giving time for one-to-one support for anyone currently working to produce OCDS data. Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot, or just turn up on Monday. Definitely make sure to talk to our helpdesk team, Tim and Gaba, throughout the conference if you are interested.
We are looking forward to meeting and connecting with you in Mexico City and will love to hear your experiences about what works and learn more about how we can help you.