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Our Expertise: Open Contracting & Procurement

Reducing Corruption & Increasing Transparency

Each year, governments spend trillions of dollars on public procurement of goods and services. Much of that is lost to financial waste or corruption. Effective collection and analysis of procurement data can streamline public procurement processes, reduce waste and graft, and bring citizens confidence that their governments are spending tax money wisely. Open contracting fosters stronger links between governments and citizenry.

Our Open Contracting & Procurement “Toolbox”

DG creates tools and services aimed at helping governments and citizens leverage public procurement data to improve service delivery. Our holistic approach addresses:

  1. legal and regulatory frameworks
  2. technical infrastructure
  3. data management and requirements
  4. institutional and political support in public procurement.

At the core of our approach lies our Open Contracting (OC) Explorer, an open-source tool for storing, disclosing, and analyzing procurement data. We take data directly from government sources and convert and publish the data in the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), allowing it to be viewed through a suite of interactive tools for data visualization and in-depth analytics.

Our Reach

Since the inception of the open contracting movement, we have worked in over a dozen countries and localities, and have built a reputation among government and the global open contracting community as active implementers.

Systems that Promote Procurement Transparency

We develop systems and strategies that aim to help procurement officials and communities to gain insight on the efficiency, competitiveness, and fairness of procurement practices using interactive charts, graphs, and web GIS.

Streamlining Data at All Levels

Working with states, counties, and cities since the inception of the open contracting movement, DG has developed systems that support open contracting at the local level in addition to growing transparency at the national level. As a result, we have built a reputation among governments and the global open contracting community as active implementers.

View from the Middle

Our unique perspective is informed by supporting the implementation of open contracting projects at the country and local levels, ensuring they meet international standards, while also working with international bodies to define those standards.

Photo Credit: Taryn Davis Nepal

Case Studies

Roadwork Procurement Public Portal for Vialidad Argentina
Roadwork Procurement Public Portal for Vialidad Argentina

In 2018-2019, DG supported the Government of Argentina’s National Roadworks Directorate (DNV) in the implementation of an open contracting data portal for the DNV. The portal displays the DNV’s public contracting data from 2016 to present day, using the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS). 

2018 - 2019 Build
Open Contracting Support & Training in Bandung, Indonesia
Open Contracting Support & Training in Bandung, Indonesia

Instead of our typical work as a technology builder or implementer, it was that of mentor. DG provided training and coaching to a municipal government development team in Bandung, Indonesia to implement Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) data mapping.

2018 Advise, Build
Open Countracting (OC) Hewlett: Enhanced Use of OC & Procurement Analytics
Open Countracting (OC) Hewlett: Enhanced Use of OC & Procurement Analytics

We worked with the procurement authorities, civil society, and private sector stakeholders in Senegal and Kenya to publish data in the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and support data use efforts. DG developed Kenya’s first-of-its-kind county-level Open Contracting Portal in Makueni county and will be rolling out the portal to at least one other county in Kenya this year.

2017 - Present Advise, Build

Read the Latest from Our Blog

The State of Data in DG’s Work

As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.

October 27, 2020 Extractives Management, Global Data Policy, Health, Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Nyandarua, Kenya
Nyandarua County, Kenya Commits to Open Contracting

DG and the Government of Nyandarua County have signed an MOU to create an Open Contracting Portal. This portal will track the Government of Nyandarua’s procurement process, make key data publicly available, and use analytics dashboards in order to learn from ongoing data trends.

October 19, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics
Building Procurement Back, Better

As governments look to “build back better,” we can expect an influx of government spending to stimulate the economy, and a shift in priority goods and services to purchase. While the world transitions from emergency response to recovery, governments’ focus will shift from using technology to procure other products, to procuring technology products themselves.

September 18, 2020 Open Contracting and Procurement Analytics