Voluntarily Tying Government’s Hands: Civil Society Oversight of Procurement in Mongolia

Blogpost by Zahid Hasnain and Audrey Sacks to the Governance for Development blog of the World Bank
18 June 2012

In June 2011, the Government of Mongolia amended the Public Procurement Law of Mongolia  (PPLM) to include a new formal role for civil society and professional organizations in bid evaluation and contract monitoring. In many ways, this amendment places Mongolia at the forefront of a global movement consisting of national governments, CSOs, donors, and multi-stakeholder groups to demand greater transparency and citizen oversight of public expenditures. Is the new formal role accorded to CSOs for monitoring procurement an attempt by the Government to “tie its own hands” and try ensure that current and future governments translate Mongolia’s resource boom into development for current and future generations of Mongolians?

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