Creating an effective public procurement system based on transparency, competition, and accountability requires greater efforts from the legislators, procurement officials, bidders and civil society. Procurement system that lacks transparency and competition breeds corruption and affects a quality of final deliverables and social well-being.
iCOGS team produced 1000 copies of the book on Best Practices of Local Procurement.This book explains basic principles and rules of effective public procurement based on real life examples for all procurement actors. The book provides a definition of good practice, describes a methodology for selecting good practices and speaks about impact these practices had in local area.
Ensuring access to public information and cooperation with local media were key factors that determined success of subgrants implemented by local CSOs. As a result of iCOGS subgrants, access to and scope of information on public procurement has greatly improved. For example, procurement plans, procedures, selection criteria, annual and quarterly reports, selected bidders and other relevant information were regularly disseminated via different communication channels including radio, TV, newspapers, SMS, websites, phones, social media and information boards.
"90 Days Meetings" took place in all target aimags in January of 2015. Total of 448 people representing 277 local organizations from 13 aimags participated in "90 days meetings" to discuss iCOGS project activities, results, impact, obstacles and lessons learnt. 47.1% of all participants were women, and 54.2% were from CSOs, media, business and citizens
The following is some examples of project impact discussed at 90 days meetings:
In addition to A3 procurement certification trainings, the ICOGS project conducted 257 in-class trainings for the media, CSOs, journalists, and government officials which contributed to the wider understanding of public procurement and citizen participation issues. In total, 7225 people took part in the training sessions. Participants shared their views and information on the following topics:
Our South-East Asia team has been producing quarterly newsletter since April of the last year. In order to help us become more aware of what is happening in our region, as well as the trends across the agency, South-East Asia team sends a monthly recap of important issues to our region. The newsletter writes about programs, RVPs, staffing and other items related to strengthening our community. Please, read the Jan-Mar edition of Newsletter. You can also find this and past newsletters on the SEA Connect page here. From now on, I will be sending to you regularly the copes of SEA Newsletter.