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Video documentation of trainings on community participation in procurement

Project Title:                                     Improving the Quality and Responsiveness of Public Spending in Poor

Communities through Localized Procurement Reform

Duration of Appointment: 15 person days (October to January)

Expected Starting Date: October 2013

The post is project-based and the assignment is part of the documentation requirements of the “Improving the Quality and Responsiveness of Public Spending in Poor Communities though Localized Procurement Reform” project under the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) of the World Bank.  The Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) and the Government Procurement Policy Board Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) are the implementing agencies for this project.

This JSDF Funded project aims to further enhance the impacts of participatory approaches by promoting the participation of volunteers from poor communities in the regular activities of barangay and municipal bids and awards committees. Drawing on the transparency provisions of the procurement law, the grant will support the institutionalization of the participatory procurement processes supported by the KALAHI and other local development projects. Community members and local CSOs are expected to be involved in key elements of procurement processes, e.g, public biddings, canvassing, bid award, contract monitoring, reporting, and oversight. The development of an enabling partnership between the community members/CSOs and the local government units for procurement reform is the key innovative feature of this project. Whereas many of the current relationships related to procurement or local governance often operate in an environment of mistrust, the project aims to demonstrate that it is mutually beneficial to have more productive engagements between LGUs and citizens. The partnership on procurement supported by this project is considered as an entry point that would make the partnership arrangement between government and civil society more mutually beneficial, especially for poor communities.

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Restoring Electoral Integrity in Abra

Philippine politics and elections suffer from many problems: weak/non-existent political party system, persistence of political dynasties, election related violence, vote buying/selling, campaign finance, among others.  Over the years, there have been many attempts to address these various problems, with little or no effect as evidenced by their continued existence.  These attempts at finding solutions have generally taken the individual political and electoral problems separately without fully taking into account that they are all interconnected. A holistic approach to the problem is necessary. 

Recognizing this fact, the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government, the UP National College of Public Administration and GovernanceLa Salle Jessie M. Robredo Institute of Governance, and Transparency and Accountability Network have come together to take a holistic approach to addressing the problem of our politics and elections.  The problem has to be viewed through the whole election cycle (“election to election”), starting with the voter, bringing in the candidates, engaging with the newly elected administration, assessing performance, then finally connecting it back to elections.  The pilot project proponents have identified 5 main components in this cycle: the voter, the candidates, the elections, post-election, and finally performance assessment. The pilot project aims to firmly establish the links between elections and politics, and service delivery and social development outcomes.

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