Representatives of civil society and journalists from the Republic of Moldova will monitor the procurement process in our country and will provide recommendations for improving communication with the authorities and strengthening the integrity of public procurement. This will become possible thanks to a new project implemented by the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul", in partnership with the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) from the USA.
The project "Increasing the integrity in public procurement" will be implemented by February 2023 and aims to support public procurement reforms. This will be achieved through a comprehensive training program for civil society organizations and journalists on public procurement monitoring. Also, the selected organizations and journalists will receive support and expertise in the procurement monitoring process, both nationally and locally. To monitor public procurement, participants will receive sub-grants from IDIS "Viitorul". Thus, at least 15 Moldovan organizations (NGOs and journalists) will be trained to identify and document abuses and irregularities in procurement procedures conducted by contracting authorities in key sectors, but also to report them to control and law enforcement institutions.
At the same time, the recommendations made by the representatives of the civil society after the procurement monitoring process will be sent to the responsible entities and the decision-makers in order to examine and undertake actions to improve the situation, thus making the involved authorities more accountable. The result would be a more efficient use of public money and a better provision of goods, works and services to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.
In the past years, the national public procurement system has been in the process of reform and transformation, both at the level of legislation and at the level of process. However, public procurement is still a vulnerable area to the risks of fraud and corruption, which is relevant in both civil society reports, the investigative press and the authorities' reports. As a result, the role of civil society watchdog is becoming increasingly relevant through its contribution to increasing transparency, strengthening integrity and reporting abuses and illegalities. Therefore, it is essential to develop the capacity of civil society organizations, providing them with the knowledge and skills to professionally and responsibly monitor public procurement at all stages.
The project “Increasing the integrity in public procurement” is implemented by Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) "Viitorul", in partnership with Partnership for Transparency Fund (USA). It aims to support the procurement reforms in Moldova that will increase transparency and fairness of public procurement through empowering citizens to hold relevant institutions accountable.
IDIS „Viitorul” is an independent think tank, founded in 1993 that combines social, political and economic research with solid advocacy components. The institution conducts applied monitoring research in several areas: economy, social policy, EU policies, regional development, but also security and foreign policy risks.
Based in Washington, DC, Partnership for Transparency Fund's (PTF) mission is to advance innovative civil society-led approaches to improve governance, increase transparency, promote the rule of law and reduce corruption in developing and emerging countries.