Third Party Monitoring of Public Procurement: A Practical Guide
Government procurement accounts for a large part of public expenditures and enables governments to deliver public services. Sound procurement rules and procedures facilitate delivering goods, works and services in a right quantity and appropriate quality in due time and under suitable contractual conditions.
Given the large volume of money involved and increasingly complex set of contractual arrangements, the public procurement is identified as one of the most corruption-prone areas of the economy. Citizens, as the end-users of goods, works and services provided by the government can play an important role in monitoring public procurement processes to make sure they are conducted in an efficient and transparent manner ensuring best value for money, while the collaborative engagement of CSOs with government serves to improve performance and quality of delivery.
One of the features of Ukrainian PPL is its broad transparency requirements. However, access to information is not an end in itself, but should be considered as a tool to ask the local government to empower the society to watch the use of public finances.
The involvement of the civil society in monitoring activities does not mean replacing government functions, but just observing how the procurement procedures are conducted based on the publicly available information and checking the quality, timelessness and quantities of the final results (deliverables).
The practical guide describes the main principles and technics for conducting Third Party Monitoring of public procurement in Ukraine at local level. It also defines the basic public procurement monitoring indicators and provides sources for data and information on public procurement. This publication is based on current legislation and its practical application.