Investigating public contracts:
Uncovering the hidden networks of power

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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.

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Georg Neumann,
Head of Communications