DG creates tools and services aimed at helping governments and citizens leverage public procurement data to improve service delivery. Our holistic approach addresses:
- legal and regulatory frameworks
- technical infrastructure
- data management and requirements
- 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
With citizens' lives on the line and government spending at record highs, ensuring accountability to citizens is imperative to maintaining trust and effectively managing procurement in response to COVID-19. Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Health to come up with a transparent, open method and mechanism through which all tenders and procurement done by Kenya Medical Supplies Agency will be available online. Much can be learned from DG's experience implementing an Open Contracting Portal in Makueni County, Kenya.