BIGD's pilot project received the World Bank's South Asia Procurement Innovation Award for 2016-2017
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University has received the World Bank's South Asia Procurement Innovation Award for 2016-2017 at the fourth South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference, hosted by the Sri Lankan Department of Public Finance at Sri Lanka, on 20-23 February, 2017. BIGD, as part of the Public Procurement Reform Project (PPRP, phase II) has been supporting the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), IME Division, Ministry of Planning to pilot a third-party monitoring system (model) of infrastructure projects, involving the beneficiaries/citizens at the Upazila level. The pilot project covered four Upazilas of Rangpur and Sirajganj for the past 18 months. The objective of the project was to establish greater transparency and accountability in public procurement through citizens’ engagement. The theme of the conference was "e-GP in South Asia: Achievements, Opportunities and Challenges". On behalf of BIGD, Dr. Mirza M Hassan, Adjunct Fellow attended the conference and received the award. Director General of CPTU Mr. Md Faruque Hossain, the current Chair of the South Asian Public Procurement Network (SAPPN), represented Bangladesh in the conference. Seven winning entries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were felicitated during the conference. The SAPPN is a platform of heads of public procurement regulatory bodies in South Asian countries. They exchange ideas and experiences to innovate good practices to improve public procurement management in the region in general and their own country in particular. The SAPPN for the first time declared public procurement award under some categories. The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank were the sponsors of the conference. The key objective of the award is to enhance learning and knowledge sharing from innovative approaches adapted by procurement entities and systems across the region. The award was evaluated by the Awards Secretariat based on three criteria- level of innovations, replicability of the solution and scalability and sustainability .