Public Spend Matters Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Matters Europe is dedicated to the exciting and fascinating matters connected with European public sector procurement. As usual, before you think about switching off, it's worth remembering that 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've been discussing this week.

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Procurement Technology: Public Sector Still Absent from the Table

We picked up on an interesting article from our friend and colleague, Raj Sharma, about why the public sector largely seems to lag behind the private sector in technology take-up and implementation. Raj, CEO of Censeo Consulting and founder of US Public Spend Forum, which exists to help public sector buyers and suppliers learn, collaborate and drive value together, is one of the world's most ardent promoters of global public sector amelioration. He talks about how public bodies seem to be "an absent participant when it comes to leveraging technology to improve procurement and acquisition."

AECOM to Lead New Organisation - Dedicated to Improving Procurement in the Overseas Aid World

The UK now spends some £12 billion annually on International Aid. This makes the country one of the largest donors in the world in percentage terms, with the UK government commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on aid. In absolute terms, the UK is the second-largest donor country after the USA. Whatever you think about this, itnis in everyone's interest, both in the UK and in the recipient countries, that this money is used as effectively as possible. With that in mind, DfID (the UK's Department for International Development) has announced a new initiative to support better procurement and supply chain activities connected to the aid money donated by the UK government.

Public Procurement Podcasts – Pedro Telles Talks to Stephan Litschig on Effect of Increased Audits on Corruption

ontinuing his series of public procurement podcasts, Dr Pedro Telles of Swansea University, interviews Stephan Litschig, Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, GRIPS, in Tokyo. They talk about his recent joint paper with Yves Zamboni called Audit risk and rent extraction, evidence from a randomized evaluation in Brazil’. Telles is interested in the motivation behind the project, the randomness of selection, and which processes were found to be more likely to generate corruption or have corruption arise from them. They also have a fascinating exchange about cases of corruption as they extend into the wider community.

Measuring the Success of Public Procurement -- A New, Free Webinar

Public Spend Forum and Michigan State University, which is co-leader of the Public & Social Sector Procurement Best Practices Exchange, are undertaking a global study on “Measuring the Success of Public Procurement,” that is, how procurement and spend analytics can be used to measure and manage an organisation's procurement performance. As part of this study to help the public sector improve visibility into procurement spending and analytics, the two bodies, sponsored by BravoSolution, are hosting a free webinar on “Procurement and Spend Analytics – Key to Driving Value” on Thursday, May 12th -- more detail in the post.

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