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Alice, a bid, contract and notice analyser, emerged to address critical challenges in public procurement, whose processes present vulnerabilities, risks of fraud and errors. Alice supports public purchases and promoting efficiency in procurement. In 2023, Alice analysed 190,923 acquisitions on the main public procurement portals. The analyses, timely identification of inconsistencies and alerts to auditors generated 203 audit jobs worth a total of R$27 billion. Preventing errors or fraud with…
The Finish Government established a network-based Competence Centre for Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement (KEINO) in 2018. The Centre provides, free of charge, advisory services to public procurers, promotes the strategic importance of procurement competencies in public management, facilitates creation of buyers’ groups among procurers, and disseminates information and good practices. The network consists of five public organisations.
The innovation was developed to strengthen the Secretariat of Public Function of the Federal Government's powers in terms of real-time monitoring, control and auditing of procurement contracts carried out by public sector agencies and entities. BESA is an online tool that monitors, from start to finish, compliance with contracts for goods and services. It seeks to identify and eliminate bad practices that the public sector carries out during the execution of procurement contracts.
The Machinery Price Catalogue is an electronic tool designed by the Rural Support Service of Latvia (RSS) to make purchases of machinery and equipment for farmers more simple and convenient. The Catalogue facilitates the beneficiaries' procurement process for the purchase of machinery and equipment. For beneficiaries, there is no procurement procedure required and it is now easy to choose the appropriate machinery for the farm, evaluating its capacity and pricing. The approach also reduces time…
"Electronic Quoter"" is a Peruvian purchasing innovative tool which consists of the implementation of information service aimed at public entities that contract through the Electronic Catalogues of Framework Agreements. It allows them to estimate the price of the goods contained in their purchase request and has allowed them to reduce the time of the preparatory actions of the procurement process from 68.1 calendar days to only 1 day, for the benefit of 2,000 public entities and the citizens…
More than 80% of the residents in residential elderly care suffer from unwanted urine loss. This is why care staff check on them regularly, day and night. In order to minimize these disturbing and time-consuming incontinence rounds, the residential care organization Zorg-Saam set out to test new incontinence solutions equipped with sensor technologies that detect when bandages are saturated and alert care staff. With this innovation, supported by the The Programme for Innovation Procurement of…
The Local Wealth Building Challenge Fund is designed to provide financial and non-financial support to develop new products and services to tackle challenges. One aspect of this Challenge Fund which is unusual is the focus on developing innovations that will be procured by the challenge holder, providing additional incentives and focus. Public and third sector organizations often have issues that can be solved not by getting new skills or more workers, but by being innovative. The Challenge…
The scattered information of supplier's background makes it difficult to identify suitable suppliers for public procurement and affects goods, services and works delivery. The "Single Supplier Search" through single supplier sheet integrates and validates, through Big Data, providers' qualifiable aspects to be a supplier. It promotes transparency, citizen oversight and provides reliable and timely information to buyers, suppliers and citizens.
Lisbon City Council is one of the 10 largest public purchasers in Portugal. The relevance of public procurement in the municipal activity led to the development of an internal portal - the Collaborative Purchasing Portal - to bring together all those who work in this area. With this Portal, the Lisbon City Council intends to foster an environment of trust, knowledge and sharing, and to strengthen the mission of its workers and the ties that unite them in a digital environment.
Lisbon Municipality aims for more innovation and sustainability in Public Procurement. Urgency and specifications' complexity are excuses for not considering sustainability in tenders and barriers to attracting innovative SMEs and startups. The innovative approach involved users designing and developing the Procurement Planning Platform, using a rapid development tool, cloud-based, and agile methods, which selects and supports a project-led approach for deploying new procurement strategies.