Researchers Confirm Shift in COVID-19 Testing Needed as Country Reopens

Aug 4, 2020
A recent Science Magazine article discusses the radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses. While the country increased testing throughout the summer, we have not be able to mitigate spread effectively. “Diagnostics experts, public health officials, and...

Some lessons for construction and public procurement from Covid-19

Jul 16, 2020
The rapid construction of seven covid-19 specialist ‘Nightingale’ hospitals in the UK, including at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham built in just two weeks, has lessons about how a crisis-triggered event and the mindset behind the construction should apply to all projects, in good...

CIPS and ITN Productions launch ‘Supply, Support and Sustain’

Jul 9, 2020
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and ITN Productions are co-creating a unique news-style content series ‘Supply, Support and Sustain,’ exploring the challenges, opportunities and innovations taking place in the changing landscape of the global procurement and supply...

An SME guide to securing government contracts

Jul 2, 2020
Working with the government can be lucrative for SMEs, but ecuring government contracts still isn’t easy, despite the UK government’s policy to award contracts as often as possible to smaller businesses. It has stated an aim to reach 33% of all procurement going to SMEs by 2022. Businesses...

Data Shows Significant Drop in Government IT Services Spending Post COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020
Federal and central governments across the globe have shifted spending priorities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, with notable declines in IT spending worldwide, according to a new report. The report notes the COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes for every sector but argues “the health crisis is...

Making socially responsible public procurement work

Jun 26, 2020
Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) is about achieving positive social outcomes in public contracts. Procurement affects a large number of people, whether as users of public services, those involved in production and delivery, or staff of the buying organisation. Beyond those directly...

Exploring blockchain-based public procurement to reduce corruption

Jun 18, 2020
In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Office of the Inspector General of Colombia (Procuraduría General de Colombia), the World Economic Forum has led a multi-stakeholder team to investigate, design and trial the use of blockchain technology for corruption-prone...

Guidelines for AI procurement

Jun 11, 2020
Recognising that AI has the potential to greatly improve public services by reducing costs, enhancing quality and freeing up valuable time, UK.Gov has published a summary of best practice addressing specific challenges of acquiring Artificial Intelligence technologies in government. These new...