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Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in Asia and the Pacific

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Asian-Pacific countries have made significant efforts to address weaknesses in their procurement frameworks and practices. To support these efforts and to assist the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative’s 28 member countries in strengthening their public-procurement mechanisms, the Initiative conducted a Regional Seminar on Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in November 2007.  This volume compiles the experience that experts from Asian and Pacific countries – as well as beyond the region – shared during the seminar. It is addressed to policy makers and experts who wish to learn from other countries’ experiences in strengthening frameworks to protect public procurement from bribery and corruption risks.

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Chapter 6 - The role of civil society in curbing corruption in public procurement

Governments and administrations set procurement rules, and public officials execute the actual procurement processes. However, civil society can play important roles in the conduct of procurement and in procurement reform. In a rather classic role, civil society actors scrutinize procurement procedures. Procurement is carried out to provide services to citizens, and citizens pay for the goods, works and services procured; they therefore have an obvious role in contributing to needs assessment decisions and in scrutinizing the proceedings that administrations carry out on their behalf. Decentralization of a large share of procurement to local level in many countries in Asia-Pacific increases opportunities for civil society’s involvement in public procurement.

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