CoST Honduras and CoST Malawi: A win for transparency and citizen engagement at the OGP Summit

CoST Honduras and CoST Malawi were both winners at the Open Government Awards. Celebrating civil society initiatives that use government data to bring concrete benefits, CoST Honduras was awarded third prize and CoST Malawi received an Honourable Mention at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit 2016 in Paris, France. Both CoST countries were recognised by the Awards for their contributions to improving civic participation in public life, improving the functioning of government and creating new services. Read more here.

CoST Ukraine: First assurance report endorsed by President and Minister

CoST Ukraine has launched its first assurance report, analysing over 120 public road reparation contracts across 17 regions. Representing more than UAH 3,399 billion (GBP£90 million), it is a huge step forwards for transparency and accountability. Widely praised, including by the President of Ukraine and the Minister of Infrastructure, CoST Ukraine is already working closely with stakeholders to take the report’s recommendations forward. Read more here.

Enshrined in law: CoST Guatemala endorsed by Congress

The Guatemalan Congress of the Republic, the country’s unicameral legislature, has ratified a law which mandates disclosure of 31 of the 40 CoST Infrastructure Data Standard (IDS) data points through Guatecompras, the national e-procurement portal. In all cases, for all projects, across all Procuring Entities (PEs), this is a tremendous achievement which will only strengthen transparency and accountability in public infrastructure for Guatemala. Read more here.

CoST Malawi: Strengthening public infrastructure in policy and in practice

CoST Malawi launched its latest assurance report, featuring in-depth analysis on the transparency levels of 26 sample public infrastructure projects. The report revealed that almost all publicly-funded projects (where donors were not responsible for direct disbursement of project funds) suffered from non-payment, delayed payments and cost overruns. With the report covering a variety of sectors including education, health and water, these projects represent life-changing infrastructure for citizens. Read more here.

CoST at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC): Tackling corruption in public infrastructure

CoST joined more than 1,600 delegates from 130 countries at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (17IACC) in Panama City, Panama, with one common call: the time for Justice, Equity, Security, and Trust is now. From the launch of the new CoST Panama programme to CoST panel discussions and a CoST evening reception, we ensured that infrastructure was at the forefront of the anti-corruption agenda. CoST is committed to the Panama Declaration and will continue to strive to deliver justice in public infrastructure investment worldwide. Read more here.

Joining forces for integrity: Partnering with industry and civil society across Europe and beyond

CoST is working with European partners to strengthen good governance in public infrastructure at a global level. From raising demand to product development, CoST supported the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), the European International Contractors (EIC) and the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) to create a new standard on "anti-bribery management systems". We have also partnered with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to strengthen multi-stakeholder working in international public infrastructure. Read more here.
Date Published: 23 May 2017
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