Useful information and resources for anyone looking to better understand or report on irregular practices during the procurement process.
It is essential that the decision-making in respect of procurements and public contracting is done by administrative/technical staff inside departments/organs of state. Political duty-bearers, for example MECs, should have no involvement whatsoever, at any stage of the procurement process. This includes preventing their presence on BSCs BECs and BACs, preventing their influence on the decisions made in these committees, as well as any “passage whispers” which may occur to influence decision-making.
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) manual chapters 19 to 22 lists some of the questions you may want to ask yourself while examining information for each stage of the procurement process.
These questions are adapted from the Procurement Monitoring Guide of Transparency International USA (2012)