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Friday, September 28 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Open Contracting: From Data to Systemic Change

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Public contracting is often dominated by vested interests. The large sums of money, as well as the amount of discretion and opacity involved, make it government’s number one corruption risk. Supporting and sustaining political change that can effectively challenge this behaviour is tough, but essential for sustainable impact on citizens.

Open data has a key role to enable these reforms. This panel will discuss how open data can be used to leverage political change, and present the stories where bold individuals have used open contracting data to push for changes that challenge the status quo. We will also look at building up sustainable coalitions across silos and linked data such as beneficial ownership registers or spending information to sustain a level-playing field of information that can ultimately lead to change. 

The panel will evaluate the current status of implementation of open data in public procurement, show where promising progress and impact has been achieved, and how these results can scale. We’ll also try to understand why there are few prosecutions despite evident failures in public contracting such as in Quebec or Mexico.

We’ll give insight into strategies for leveraging open data to affect political change in key sectors of interest to citizens and discuss how public procurement  is conducted in 20 years and what a radical transformation could look like. The case studies the discussion will be based upon will include breaking up a price fixing cartel in school meals in Bogota, connecting planning, spending, contract data for busting overpriced contracts in Paraguay, improving costs of medicines in Argentina, as well as well as building a healthy environment for civil society to track contracts in Ukraine.

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Gavin Hayman

Executive Director, Open Contracting Partnership

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David Riveros Garcia

Founder & President, Reacción, Paraguay
David is the Founder and President of reAcción Paraguay, an organization that uses civic education, technology, and grassroots mobilization to enable youth to wield power strategically and promote change by demanding accountability from government. David started reAcción when he... Read More →
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Anastasiya Kozlovtseva

Head of International Relations, Transparency International Ukraine
Anastasiya Kozlovtseva – Head of International Relations Department/Fundraiser; has joined TI Ukraine in autumn 2013. In 2013-2016 she has coordinated projects related to good and open governance. Anastasiya is responsible for donor, international relations coordination, advocacy... Read More →
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Eliza Niewiadomska

Senior Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Government CommerceDigital EconomyGovernance Innovation
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Warren Smith

Director, Global Digital Marketplace Programme, Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service
Warren is responsible for ensuring that the Digital Marketplace directly supports the UK government’s reform of digital and technology, and continues to help the public sector to buy what it needs to deliver great digital services.His work has led to a more diverse range of digital... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT-03