MEDIA & CIVIL SOCIETY TO BE WATCH DOG IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

A group photo of PPDA Staff and CSOs, Media and Leaders of Mbarara District Local Government after the PPDA training.

MEDIA & CIVIL SOCIETY TO BE WATCH DOG IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

 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:

  1. Advocacy for transparency in Public procurement
  2. Train community monitors to monitor project implementation.
  3. Partnering with government agencies to monitor procurement & disposal processes to ensure Value for Money.
  4. Undertaking research to identify loopholes and use the findings to campaign for procurement   reforms.
  5. Popularizing an Ethical Framework in procurement practice