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.
Elgeyo Marakwet County in Kenya recently launched their own Open Contracting Portal at the end of April. DG has worked closely with the county to understand the customizations needed in order to meet their needs and has added additional features to the system.
Building on DG’s open contracting work and reinforced by the global pandemic, we took stock. So where does open contracting data currently stand? Frankly, it is promising, but we still have a way to go.