Bangladesh spends a major portion of its development budget on public procurement and tenderers generally implement these procurement projects. The issue of citizens’ engagement is expected to be a helpful tool to establish transparency and accountability in implementation of procurement along with ensuring high quality of such public service delivery. Public procurement activities aim to use public money efficiently by providing quality services. Citizen engagement is a potential mechanism to ensure this efficiency by allowing citizens’ participatory role in different stages of the public procurement process. Although it has been only recently introduced in Bangladesh, in a limited way, the initial experiences from pilot project indicate that citizens can be made quickly aware of it and they have the incentives to embrace it enthusiastically to make procurement process transparent and effective.
Citizen Engagement in Public Procurement: Experience from pilot districts