The ProZorro platform (electronic procurement system) was initiated in Kyiv in May 2014 by a group of anti-corruption activists that focused on developing an electronic procurement platform for all Ukrainian public agencies. Their goal was to provide an accessible public procurement solution to reduce corruption in public procurement in Ukraine. The ProZorro platform was established on a pro bono basis and it was co-developed by a diverse group of stakeholders – including Transparency International Ukraine, the private sector and government champions. The ProZorro platform was launched and started piloting electronic bidding in February 2015.
This case study seeks to assess how the multi-stakeholder co-creation approach affected the design and/or outcome of the e-procurement platform. In order to answer this question we conducted 17 in-depth interviews with activists, politicians, representatives of businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), experts and software developers, all of whom actively participated in the creation of the new procurement system.