Open contracting in
Ukraine and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Supporting our partners transforming public procurement
Eastern Europe and Central Asia have become a highly turbulent region due to the war in Ukraine and regional conflicts, putting government transparency and accountability efforts at risk.
We are assisting the Ukraine government, through the Ministry for the Recovery, to leverage Ukraine’s award-winning ecosystem of digital open government tools to coordinate and deliver a one-stop platform to monitor all stages of Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction projects using the fully transparent electronic reconstruction ecosystem DREAM (Digital Restoration Ecosystem for Accountable Management). It creates a single pipeline from communities to funders and helps to manage all stages of project implementation. We are currently testing the approach and scale the system to cover all reconstruction projects by the end of 2023.
In addition to our intense support for Ukraine, we’ve been working actively across the EECA region, especially with civil society and procurement data users.
A strong coalition of CSOs are cooperating to maintain momentum in the region and demanding transparent, accountable and efficient public procurement. We developed analytical infrastructure to equip them with tools to track and measure their country’s performance and improve their capacity to implement reforms and strengthen collaboration. Check out a new business intelligence module launched in Kazakhstan, a red flag engine and a tool to analyze public procurement in the educational sector in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Open contracting stories
More than 50 countries and cities, from Armenia to Uzbekistan are pursuing open contracting reforms. It takes hard work, political will, technical skills, and sustained engagement. Explore stories from around the region that show how open contracting is changing lives — from value for money to value for many.
Opportunities for reform in Central Asia
We commissioned local partners in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to research the opportunities and challenges for improving public procurement in 2023.
The studies were launched in in a high-level event in September 2023.
In the Kyrgyz Republic, the procurement system is volatile due to recent and proposed legislative changes that risk creating uncertainty and reducing public confidence in the system. The exemption of state-owned enterprises and joint-stock companies from the public procurement law in 2022 is a notable area of concern. Read our recommendations for addressing these and other factors restricting transparency and accountability in Kyrgyz Republic’s procurement system
Tajikistan has recognized public procurement as a vehicle for combating corruption in investment projects and state-owned companies, through government strategies focused on ensuring transparency, clear regulations and automation of procurement processes. The government aims to conduct 90% of all public procurement through a single e-procurement portal by 2025, with 70% of it being open procurement. While only 22% of budget expenditures are made through the national e-procurement platform, the volume of procedures conducted through this centralized system is growing annually. The creation of a regulatory agency is also helping streamline procurement. Find out what steps Tajikistan could take to keep opening up its procurement system.
In Uzbekistan, boosting competition remains a top priority, although significant progress has been made in recent years, with the share of direct awards dropping from 70% in 2019 to 41% in 2022. Other challenges include delays in fully transitioning to e-procurement and the Complaints Commission lacking a mandate to handle disputes over contract terms. Discover how policymakers in Uzbekistan can improve procurement for more efficient spending and better decision-making here.
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