GovInsider has conducted an interview with Warren Smith, Head of the Global Digital Marketplace Programme UK about why public procurement is in desperate need of reform. With trillions of dollars at stake, contracts, it says, are the number one corruption risk governments face – “a lethal combination of money, discretion and secrecy,” according to the Open Contracting Partnership. The Global Digital Marketplace Programme is using lessons from the UK to advise governments across the world on five key areas. It will help civil servants ensure that they plan for how money should be spent; it will train them on designing contracts, and assuring the delivery of services; it will also encourage countries to publish open contracting data, and build institutional capabilities. Read more here.