Elevate public services: How will you change public contracting to radically improve goods, works or services?

Open Contracting Lift

You want to use public procurement as a tool to deliver better social outcomes. Open Contracting Lift is our impact accelerator program to help teams of bold procurement reformers around the world to go further with their ideas and deliver change.

How will you use open contracting to support an open, participatory, and effective government that delivers for its residents?

Open Contracting Lift is one of our core programs that helps teams of bold procurement reformers propel their ambitious plans towards systemic change. Lift has worked with teams around the world to use public contracting to improve effective governance and support more equitable and green communities. Participating teams’ objectives include:

  • Expanding economic opportunity and fair access to public services and infrastructure: boosting opportunities for women-, minority-owned or local businesses to participate in public procurement; building the capacity of small, locally-owned businesses to compete and win government contracts; stocking hospitals fairly with the best medicines and protective equipment.
  • Achieving sustainability goals: expanding access to affordable and green public transit; equipping flood-prone areas in disadvantaged communities with the infrastructure they need to withstand climate change; increasing the amount of purchases made from suppliers with environmentally-friendly supply chains or local production.
  • Increasing government effectiveness and accountability: improving integrity through monitoring and advocacy; increasing competition and reducing sole sourcing; increasing availability of data across the whole procurement cycle and using data and insight for decision-making; working more efficiently to reduce the cost of issuing public contracts. 

Over the 18 month-long Lift program, we work closely with each team to provide change management and open contracting support. Teams are selected through a competitive process, with new calls for applications offered annually. 

The Lift 7

For a 18-month period, we will be supporting these 7 teams as they open and strengthen their procurement systems. We will build their team capacity to make procurement more community-centered and effective for all.

France – European Metropolis of Lille

Lille will increase the share of small and medium businesses as suppliers and ensure purchases are more environmentally sustainable and inclusive. To achieve this goal, they will implement an open purchasing strategy. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Municipalities of Lille, the Association for a Solidarity Economy, Regional Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy, the Regional Union for Integration through Economic Activity, Employment Center, the Northern Management Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chamber of Trades and Crafts.

India – CivicDataLab

CivicDataLab will support a more equitable distribution of public goods, services, and works procured for flood relief in the State of Assam. It will build data-driven tools that will enable public officials to make smarter, data-informed decisions about public spending. This project will be implemented in collaboration with members of the Government of Assam, including the Finance Department.

“We are so excited to be a part of the LIFT-7 and are looking forward to doing impactful work using collaborative design practices and international experiences!”

Mexico – City of Mexico

The City of Mexico’s Digital Agency for Public Innovation and Ministry of Administration and Finance will expand opportunities for businesses run by female entrepreneurs, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and/or cooperatives. They will digitize and open up direct and lower-cost procedures, increasing access to opportunities to work with the city government. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Employment Promotion and, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Social Glass, Inc. and the Ministry of Economic Development.

“In Mexico City we are convinced that teamwork and commitment is the key to serve the community, with OCP Lift program we want to transform procurement of small acquisitions and set a new environment for development”

Nigeria – Ekiti State

The Ekiti State Bureau of Public Procurement will support access to economic opportunity for SMEs, particularly women-led SMEs. It will reform their full  procurement process to be more open, transparent, and user-friendly. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the New Initiative for Social Development.

For our team, we are super excited to be part of this project as it portends even greater potential to advancing our quest for transparency and accountability in our procurement practice but ultimately in achieving greater value for public funds and to entrench procurement as a basis for economic decision making.”

Paraguay – National Directorate of Public Procurement (DNCP)

The DNCP will increase the participation of micro-, small- and medium businesses in public procurement. They will fully review their procurement process focusing on the needs of these companies and facilitate access to procurement as a digital service. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Association of Entrepreneurs of Paraguay and the Center for Sustainable Development.

“We know that this is the ideal moment to kick off a process that will benefit the micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses, so that they can gain access to the public procurement market. We believe that open contracting can be a powerful way to contribute to rebuilding the economy after the pandemic.”

United States – City of Des Moines

The City of Des Moines’ City Manager’s Office and Division of Finance-Procurement will support sustainability and social equity within their community. It will open up access to the city’s public procurement, reimagine their procurement process, and increase vendor diversity. This project will be implemented in collaboration with key stakeholders from the State of Iowa and business development organizations.

“We are excited to be focusing on eliminating barriers in vendor competitions for City business while also innovating strategies to embed sustainability and social equity into our procurement operations.”

United States – City of El Paso

The City of El Paso’s Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department will look at implementing national and international best practices for being intentionally inclusive of veteran, minority and women-owned enterprises in its contracting process. Identifying inclusive, strategic and innovative practices for its supplier outreach process support the City’s focus on continuous improvement and building a strong and inclusive business community. This project will be carried out in collaboration with the City of El Paso, the Contract Opportunities Center and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and will also involve engagement with communities and other partners within El Paso’s Community of Excellence.

“The City of El Paso would like to thank the Open Contracting Partnership for the opportunity to participate in an international cohort. Our project will expand our outreach of bidding opportunities to Minority, Woman and Veteran Businesses through non-traditional means by collaborating with our strategic partners to be more inclusive in our contracting and awarding process.”

Contact us

Kaye Sklar,
Lift Program Manager