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Thursday, December 1 • 17:30 - 19:30
Using Data and Transparency to Change the Game in Public Procurement: New Iniatives from Local and Global Players

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Public procurement is, as the Open Contracting Partnership puts it, where taxpayers’ money gets converted into schools, roads and hospitals. Transparency International estimates the total value of public procurement spending at $9.5 trillion per year. Given its size and the amount of discretion often involved, it is not surprising that procurement is so prone to corruption risks. The OECD estimates that between 20% and 25% of procurement funding is lost to corruption in developing countries. More importantly, it is not only a matter of money, corruption in public procurement puts human lives at risk.

In an environment of scarce resources and an increasing public demand for action, managing corruption risk becomes paramount for public and multilateral agencies.

There is a myriad of indicators that attempt to measure different dimensions of corruption but few of them offer the granularity to assess corruption risks in procurement processes at an actionable level. Corruption risk management can take different forms for different institutions. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and national procurement agencies have a responsibility to promote transparency, ensure their funds are efficiently spent in achieving development outcomes and have systems in place to investigate and sanction corruption in projects they finance. With open electronic data on public contracts increasingly available, supported by the implementation for example of the Open Contracting Data Standard and the publication of government spending and aid data, new and innovative approaches to analyzing procurement information emerge.

This workshop will present some innovative approaches to analyzing publicly available electronic procurement data for the purpose of detecting, monitoring, and better understanding corruption risks. These approaches are supported by corruption indicators which can be used by different stakeholders to improve both efficiency and transparency in the provision of public services and goods. We will discuss how different actors can use such information to assess and mitigate corruption risks.

The open data movement is here to stay. More and more, governments commit to putting information about how they do business in the public domain. However, more information doesn’t automatically translate into more transparency and less corruption. This workshop will present innovative approaches to using procurement related information to develop actionable indicators to increase transparency in public procurement, and the ability of procurement authorities to engage other stakeholders in detecting and monitoring corruption risks. The panel will discuss the “ups and downs” of leveraging a strategy to manage corruption risks with data. By doing so, the panel hopes to connect users, researchers and producers of public procurement data with potential new partners as well as tools and indicators to fight corruption.

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Mihaly Fazekas

University of Cambridge
Mihály Fazekas has been pioneering the use of ‘Big Data’ for social sciences research, especially for measuring and analysing corruption and administrative quality across Europe. He uses mixed research methods while working in interdisciplinary teams of IT specialists, practitioners... Read More →
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Alexandra Habershon

Program Coordinator, Integrity Vice Presidency, World Bank
Alexandra is Program Coordinator for the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT). Since joining INT in 2011 she has coordinated the activities of the World Bank Group’s International Corruption Hunters Alliance (ICHA), has designed and delivered anti-corruption training programs... Read More →
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Gavin Hayman

Executive Director, Open Contracting Partnership

Jozef Peter Martin

Executive Director, TI Hungary

Erika Maribel Guerrero Mena

Director of Public Procurement Risks, Servicio Nacional de Contratación Pública - Ecuador
Ms. Guerrero is an engineer from the National Polytechnic School (Ecuador) and she holds a degree in law, economics and management, with mention in applied economics from the Jean Monnet University (France). Ms. Guerrero created the Control Sub-directorate and the Direction... Read More →

Maria Eugenia Roca

Lead Procurement Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Maria Eugenia Roca is currently the Procurement Technical Advisor for the office of Operations Financial Management and Procurement Services Office, under the Vice Presidency for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), in Washington DC. Ms. Roca joined the IADB in... Read More →

Session Coordinator
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Juanita Riano

Senior Integrity Officer, Inter-American Development Bank
Juanita Riano works at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as Integrity Officer in the Office of Institutional Integrity. At the IDB she works in developing tools and approaches to manage corruption risks in activities financed by the IDB Group. Before joining the IDB, she was... Read More →

Thursday December 1, 2016 17:30 - 19:30 CST
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