Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights From This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Human Rights and Public Procurement - International Learning Lab Hits Its Stride

Human Rights is an important topic in public procurement, and the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights was launched last year as a mechanism for raising awareness and offering resources. We outline its work and the parts of its website dedicated to Events,  Thematic Hubs  (four main areas of interest - Electronics, Apparel, International Financial Institutions and Private Security) and Resources. We also offer a quick review of its recently published inaugural report "Public Procurement and Human Rights: A Survey of Twenty Jurisdictions" and provide links.

Public Procurement Trade-offs: Openness & New Suppliers versus Tried and Tested

We are writing a series on the trade-offs we make in public procurement, and take a look in more detail at the nature of the potential conflicts. We then suggest some steps that public procurement professionals can take to minimise the potential for real issues and problems. In this post we consider openness versus tried-and-tested -- and we are talking about contracting authorities and procurement professionals who want to encourage new suppliers with innovative solutions. However, there is a trade-off: we ask what if these "innovative" firms can't actually deliver the contractual requirements?

Fraudulent Charities and Schools - We Need More Procurement Rigour In Spending Public Money

This is the case of an “academy” school in Bradford, England, where the founder and his associates apparently treated the funds as part of their own resources. In court he was found guilty of four counts of fraud, three counts of false accounting and two counts of obtaining money by deception. Two of his colleagues were found guilty of some charges too related to the school funds. This kind of deception is more common than we might think in most countries - what can we do to make it harder for the unscrupulous, criminal or just incompetent to take money from the state in this sort of manner?

What To Do When ... the person sitting opposite you doesn't want to negotiate!

Continuing our series of best practice advice for your Summer holiday reading, today we look at how to negotiate with the "un-negotiatable." You think the price the supplier has proposed is too expensive, they insist it is fair.  You might be in a battle of wills; you've tried all the tactics. You've tried the 'bargaining' (if you are vying for a larger share of the fixed  'cake'); you may have tried the 'principled negotiation' (more common in the public sector for win-win situations), but still the supplier says "No"! What do you do next? Here are a few tips to consider ...

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