November 2017

CoST publishes Argentina Case Study, finding significant scope for improving transparency and accountability 

On 21st November CoST launched the first of four country case studies as part of a global study on the need for greater infrastructure transparency and accountability in high-income countries. The first case study focuses on the opportunities and barriers to achieving infrastructure transparency and accountability in Argentina and how CoST can help. The launch event took place at the Open Government Partnership Regional Americas Meeting in Buenos Aires, and brought together key stakeholders from across government, the private sector and civil society in Argentina and the wider region to focus on the study’s findings and recommendations. Read more.

Afghanistan commits to disclosure, helping to “minimise the distance” between Government and public

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the Ministry of Public Works have recently signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with CoST Afghanistan, ensuring infrastructure information disclosure in accordance with the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard (IDS) and a commitment to the CoST Assurance Process. The MoUs were signed at an event where the Minister of Public Works, H.E. Mahmud Baligh stated their importance in helping to “minimise the distance” between the Government and the public. Read more

Scoping Study demonstrates need to improve legal framework relating to infrastructure transparency in Panama 

The CoST Panama Scoping Study which assessed 12 infrastructure projects revealed that procuring entitles disclosed less than half of the IDS data points. The study provides a basis for CoST to be adapted to the national context and reveals that there is a need to strengthen Panama's legal framework relating to infrastructure transparency. The study outlines the necessity of improving laws relating to transparency, access to information and public procurement and of strengthening the National Authority for Transparency and Information Access. Read more.

CoST Uganda Assurance Report highlights urgent need for CoST Infrastructure Data Standard    

CoST Uganda has published its first Assurance Report which assesses infrastructure information from five major road sector projects in Uganda and finds that information disclosure is just 50% of that required by the IDS. The report is published at an opportune time as Uganda is undergoing a review of its procurement policy. Among its recommendations, the report calls on the Government to adopt the IDS and on procuring entities to improve engagement with the public and safety measures for workers. Read more..

Central American countries create strategic action plans to strengthen CoST in the region

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama recently convened at a regional workshop where they created strategic action plans for the year ahead which focus on institutionalising programmes and mitigating challenges. Sponsored by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office Central America Programme Fund, the workshop was highly interactive to ensure countries shared experiences and collaborated to address challenges. The countries plan to hold the workshop on a yearly basis to reflect on successes and update their strategies. Read more..

Kyiv City Council agrees to disclose infrastructure information on three major roads  

Kyiv City Council and CoST Ukraine signed an MoU relating to information disclosure on three major roads. Collectively, the projects amount to US$54 million and will be assessed within CoST Ukraine’s first Assurance Report produced under this agreement. The report will highlight areas of concern relating to the roads and will make broader recommendations for improving the infrastructure sector in Ukraine. Kyiv City Mayor and former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Vitaly Klitschko welcomed the collaboration. Read more.. 

A win-win for money and lives: why Uganda needs CoST 

 In our latest blog we focus on limited transparency in Uganda's infrastructure sector and its impact on money, lives and project efficiency. The blog is adapted from an opinion piece by Olive Kabatwairwe, Country Manager of CoST Uganda and outlines the main barriers which face open contracting in the country, including limited multi-stakeholder working and gaps in the legal framework on infrastructure transparency. We outline the role of CoST in mitigating these challenges and to help move Uganda from transparency to accountability. Read more
Date Published: 2 December 2017
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