Project


Open Contracting for Health (OC4H)

Chapter: Nepal | Project range: Local | Year: 2018

Chapter details

About the chapter:
Transparency International Nepal (TIN) is a civil society institution dedicated to increasing public accountability and curbing corruption in all walks of life. TIN currently has a network of 25 Affiliated Organizations (AO) in 24 districts of Nepal, which function as its outreach. It has strong relationship with like-minded organisations, media and several state institutions. Through its continuous activism over a decade, TIN has established itself as a leading anti-corruption agency in Nepal.

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Summary

Procurement

Partners

Global Partners:
BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal
National Partners:
Ministry of Health NGO or Civil Society Organisation

Theory of Change

Policy & Insititutional Change
Better Institutional Processes

Aim

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 the 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 interventions are expected to reduce corruption and promote transparency, integrity and accountability within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Landscape

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 at between 10% to 25% and in some cases this rises to as high as 50% of the contact value.

Activities

  1. Strengthening the capacity of the Government to implement open contracting through training and guidance as well as linking to civil society to establish lasting effective networks.
    Improvement plansStrategic working groups & CollaborationSystem development
  2. Facilitate 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 business.
    AdvocacyAwareness raising
  3. Strengthen the capacity of local civil society in order to heighten engagement with the public procurement process, establishing sustainable and lasting networks, and creating monitoring tools and frameworks.
    Improvement plansStrategic working groups & Collaboration

Achievements

  • The Nepalese government has introduced an E-procurement system.