2014 | Transparency International
Every year huge sums of taxpayers’ money are spent by governments on goods and services. With so much money changing hands, few government activities create greater temptations or offer more opportunities for corruption. Corruption in public procurement means public funds are wasted on an enormous scale, and the benefits these funds should have brought are lost. Taxpayers’ money to pay for hospital equipment, books for schools or safer roads, for example, ends up sitting in the pockets of the corrupt. This guide provides a basic introduction for government officials, civil society groups and the private sector on eliminating corruption risks in public procurement. It is intended to inform and guide participants in public procurement, as well as civil society groups, on what can be done to strengthen the procurement process against corruption and its damaging effects.
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