Online session about increasing participation in public procurement

Please join the online Tuesday 30 May at 4pm (UK) to explore efforts to increase participation and inclusion in public procurement.

Register here: Participation in Public Procurement . Yes, please do invite colleagues. All are welcome!

In this University of Oxford session, we will explore initiatives around the world to increase citizen participation and include Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), women-owned businesses, and minority groups in government contracting. Our panel of experts includes:

  • Dr. Marie Julie Chenard, the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Head of Social Value, will talk about the DCMS Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) Action Plan.

  • Camila Salazar from the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) summarise insights from their report, Inclusive and effective public procurement: Findings and lessons from research in 12 countries (2022).

  • Issel Masses, Founder and Executive Director of Sembrando Sentido, which promotes transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in Puerto Rico. Issel contributed to the OCP report.

  • Mary Mitchell from Scotland Excel will talk about her experience working with a Scottish local government to develop a Community Wishlist.

  • Dr Katherine Sugar from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh will talk about her research into SMEs, public procurement, and Net Zero targets.

The Oxford Procurement of Government Outcomes Club (Oxford POGO Club) is a knowledge sharing initiative that is open to anyone interested in capacity building in public procurement and in collaboration to improve social outcomes. Learn more at Procurement of Government Outcomes (POGO) Club

Hope to see you tomorrow.


Ruairi Macdonald

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