Project Duration: August 2019-July 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicholas Ozor
Contact Email: email@example.com
Grant Amount: EUR 35,000
There have been various interventions advancing Open Contracting (OC) in Africa, with diverse results and degrees of progress. Various implementing actors have approached their programming in different ways. It is against this background that a comparative study is required to assess what’s working well, lessons learnt, replicated and scaled up to realize open contracting in Africa.
The level of transparency and accountability in the procurement process in most African countries is very low. According to the World Bank, public procurement accounts for nearly 15 per cent of GDP per capita in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). However, the expenditure of these funds by African governments has little impact on the livelihoods of its citizens. This has been exacerbated by the absence of appropriate accountability mechanisms and insufficient legal and regulatory framework to ensure targeted funding of essential services such as education, health and transport. Ghost funding and poor service delivery have been the trend in many African countries despite there being some efforts across Africa to increase transparency and accountability in the public procurement process.
Key Objectives and Activities
This project aims at assessing the levels of progress, innovations, collaborations and typologies of reforms that can be replicated and scaled up to advance open contracting in Africa. Specifically, this study aims to:
This study will entail a comprehensive desk study as well as to conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions in the 10 target countries.