In the past months, we have shared updates on various exciting new opportunities in the procurement and open contracting (OC) space. To name a few, we’ve shared news of a Hewlett Foundation grant to implement OC data use projects in Senegal and Uganda, an OC joint research agenda, and developing new tools to validate data. However, procurement and open contracting is nothing new for DG -- we have been engaged in public procurement since our early days, with the creation of dgMarket in 2001. dgMarket serves as a global leader in providing procurement data for international development. With 55,000 open tenders on any day and over $1 trillion in business opportunities posted annually, it has become one of the largest eTendering portals worldwide.
In early 2017, shifts in the industry and DG’s intended focus areas have motivated us to divest the property associated with dgMarket by selling them to a private zone entity.
Shifting priorities allow us to remain focused on public procurement, with a growing emphasis on open contracting. We are building our OC program, focusing on end-to-end implementation of data publication, data use, and civil society engagement. And best of all, we look forward to you joining us along the way!