This policy brief explores how openness and oversight of political finance can help detect & address the use of covert foreign political influence.
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Procurement is one of governments’ most economically significant activities, but it also poses one of the greatest public sector corruption risks. Governments are tackling this problem by implementing open contracting – a suite of complementary policies that improve transparency, public participation and accountability in procurement.
The benefits of open contracting extend beyond combating corruption. Governments can use data to understand and improve their own financial positions, create fairer and more accessible markets, and collaborate with civil society to monitor public services more effectively. The net result is greater value for money, improved quality of public services, increased public trust and a better environment for doing business.
Governments must make transformational commitments on open contracting.
This briefing discusses:
- fighting corruption in public procurement in the context of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)
- trends and examples of good practice in open contracting
- existing and model national action plan commitments