Open Contracting for Health (OC4H)
TI-Nepal is implementing the Open Contracting for Health (OC4H) project in Nepal in partnership with the Transparency International Health Initiative (TI-HI), the initiator of the multi-country project.
The project's goal is to improve transparency in public procurement processes and data dissemination related to the health sector. It aims to achieve this by promoting open contracting standards, electronic public procurement systems and proactive disclosure of data. The project output is expected to reduce corruption and promote transparency, integrity and accountability within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
Public procurement continues to be on of the most lucrative areas for corruption. In Nepal, corruption in public procurement is rising steadily. About 60% of the allocated budget of the government is spent on procurement and losses from corruption are estimated to lie between 10% to 25%, and in some cases as much as 50% of the contact value.
- Strengthening the capacity of the government to implement open contracting through training and guidance as well as linkage to civil society organisations to establish lasting effective networks. Improvement plansStrategic working groups & CollaborationSystem development
- Broaden the diversity of suppliers in health sector public procurement by bringing together and informing small, medium and large enterprises about how open contracting can be good for businesses. AdvocacyAwareness raising
- Strengthen the capacity of the local civil society in order to increase their engagement with public procurement processes, establishing sustainable and long-lasting networks, and creating monitoring tools and frameworks. Improvement plansStrategic working groups & Collaboration
- The Nepalese government has introduced an e-procurement system.