Investigating public contracts:
Uncovering the hidden networks of power

Illustration: reAcción

Governments spent 1 in 3 dollars on public contracts to build public infrastructure and provide public services. It is also the single greatest corruption risk in the public sector.

We can help you with practical tips & tricks to investigate the full public procurement process, from planning to tendering and delivery, and show you how to get data on the three core elements of a public procurement process: buyers, companies, and projects.

We’re supporting journalists & citizen investigators on many levels – often as part of collaborations and partnerships with national, regional and global organizations that support journalists. We provide training on open data and procurement, support investigations by regional and national journalism networks, support innovative reporting approaches, and develop tools designed to meet the needs of investigative journalists. We also signpost to potential stories and help journalists and citizen investigators work with data to shape their stories.

Here are some resources on how to spot red flags in public contracts and the best datasets and tools to help investigating and writing your stories.

Hear from journalists worldwide about their data-driven investigations and tools

More resources by OCP and our partners

Cardinal, an open-source library to calculate public procurement red flags

Cardinal, makes it easier to calculate common risk indicators of corruption and collusion in procurement.

Guía Fiscalizar desde el periodismo

This guide by Guatemala’s Ojo por mi Pisto provides a step by step guide to monitor public infrastructure projects at the local level.

Case Study
Case study: Contratos públicos y periodismo de investigación

This case study provides insights and tips into the work of the Latin American investigative journalism network Red Palta

Contact our expert

Georg Neumann,
Head of Communications