Civil society Organizations (CSOs) and Local media at the districts have pledged to strongly work alongside PPDA to ensure effective contract management for public procurement conducted for and in their respective areas.
This was revealed by participants at a PPDA sensitization meeting in Hoima and Mbarara .PPDA is currently conducting countrywide sensitization and awareness campaigns for CSOs and the media imploring them to provide oversight function in contract monitoring in order to strengthen transparency and accountability in public contracts and enhance citizens’ engagement in public contracting.
CSOs have identified a number of prohibitive policies that affect the process of procurement and contract awarding for bidders especially at the local government levels which cause inefficiencies and impede service delivery.
With full support of the CSOs and the local media, the demand for quality services and accountability in the communities will increase and the public procurement process as a vehicle for service delivery will be improved.
roles that CSOs and Media can play in public procurement:
- Advocacy for transparency in Public procurement
- Train community monitors to monitor project implementation.
- Partnering with government agencies to monitor procurement & disposal processes to ensure Value for Money.
- Undertaking research to identify loopholes and use the findings to campaign for procurement reforms.
- Popularizing an Ethical Framework in procurement practice