CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (CSOs) TO BE WATCH DOG IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

 CONSTRUCTION OF THE PPDA HEAD OFFICE-PROGRESS
July 12, 2019

 

Civil society Organizations (CSOs) have pledged to strongly work alongside PPDA to ensure effective contract management for public procurements conducted for and in their respective areas. This was revealed during the PPDA’s procurement training for CSOs in the northern and eastern region.

The Authority works closely with non-state actors specifically the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to ensure transparency at contract implementation and improve contract performance. The main constraint to participation of CSOs in monitoring public contracts has been limited access to public procurement information with many Procuring and Disposing Entities (PDEs) not disclosing contract information to enable monitoring.

 

PPDA in collaboration with GIZ plans to implement a framework that will promote capacity building and information sharing among PDEs and Civil Society Organisations. The framework will also enable the implementation of recommendations that are as a result of findings from the contract monitoring activities of PPDA.

During the two days engagements that took place in Gulu and Mbale, CSOs were  empowered to act as third party and on-ground monitors, to ensure proper and efficient execution of awarded public contracts at the district local government as well as central government projects in their respective areas of operation.