Public procurement refers to the purchase of goods, services and works by governments and state-owned enterprises. While historically focused on value for money, governments are now considering how public procurement can be used as a lever to deliver on wider economic, social and environmental priorities.
Though the procurement function has become increasingly ‘digital’ in recent decades, ways of working have not changed much. E-procurement websites have digitised processes like registering and tendering for public contracts but pain points remain for different users. And government spending on IT – where rigid ways of working are often codified in legislation – contributes to costly failures across government.
The pandemic served to validate the need for a more flexible and responsive public procurement function. But this calls for a fundamental shift in how governments think about funding and delivering digital transformation.
This webinar will explore the relationship between agile procurement and digital transformation as levers for delivering government priorities and better public spending outcomes. We will also consider the following questions:
- What do we mean by agile procurement and what is its relationship to digital transformation?
- What is the role of legislation and policy-making in enabling these levers and pushing digital transformation in the right direction?
The second in a new BudgetByte webinar series from ODI’s Digital Public Finance Hub that explores government capabilities for bringing public finance into the digital era, this event will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the latest developments in digital for public finance and service delivery. We warmly encourage attendees to share their own views and experiences in the Q&A session that will follow the main discussion.
Important information for attendees
This event is online only and will take place from 14:00-15:30 GMT +01.
Founding Partner, CURSHAW
Director, Open Contracting Partnership
Adviser (Procurement and Governance), World Bank
Acting Director of Financial Management Services, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Thanks to the team at CURSHAW, a commercial transformation consultancy, for their support in organising this webinar.