Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

How to buy robots: WEF guidelines for government AI procurement

17 Oct 2019
Government bodies need to take a special approach to procurement when it comes to artificial intelligence, according to the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEF, the global network focused on technology governance, says traditional “public-sector procurement...

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap in the UK Public Sector

10 Oct 2019
The UK Government has released a report looking into the gender pay gap in the public sector. It analyses the size and possible causes of the pay gap and finds that the gap is larger in the public sector than in the private and that a much higher pay gap exists at the top end of the earnings...

Innovative Supplier Selection Is Key to Government Procurement Success

10 Oct 2019
The UK government has made it clear through policy, procurement reforms and communication that it recognises the value of innovation to the economy as a source of competitiveness, productivity, revenues and profit, writes Computer Weekly. The Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service have been...

Navigating the Waste and Recycling Services Market

3 Oct 2019
Local Authorities (in the UK and elsewhere) will be looking to procure more waste and recycling services in the next few years as tighter regulations come into play. In the UK alone, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will be setting harder resources and waste strategy...