PPDA’s Induction Workshop on Open Government Partnership.
August 18, 2023

A Triumph in Transparency

A Triumph in Transparency: PPDA’s Induction Workshop on Open Government Partnership. 

In a landmark event aimed at fostering transparency, accountability, and combatting corruption, the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) organized a highly successful induction workshop on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) framework. This workshop, held under the auspices of Chandler Foundation proved to be a pivotal step towards enhancing good governance practices and fortifying the nation's commitment to the principles of openness and integrity.

Understanding the Open Government Partnership 

The Open Government Partnership is an international initiative that brings together government leaders, civil society organizations, and citizens to promote transparent, accountable, and participatory governance. By voluntarily adhering to the OGP principles, governments commit to creating a more accessible and responsive public sector while working to eliminate corruption, streamline public services, and empower citizens to engage in the decision-making process. The government of Malawi launched a National Action Plan to Fasttrack the implementation of the OGP in Malawi. The PPDA has been mandated to lead the Anti-Corruption Thematic Area that specifically looks at ‘beneficial ownership transparency and open contracting’.

PPDA’s Proactive Stance

Recognizing the transformative potential of the Open Government Partnership, PPDA took a proactive stance by organizing an induction workshop focused on the anti-corruption thematic area. The workshop's primary objectives were to deepen participants' understanding of the OGP framework, share best practices in implementing anti-corruption measures, and catalyze collaborative efforts between various stakeholders. During the meeting Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption thematic area Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN)’s Executive Director Bertha Phiri said that access to information is in vain if systems are not designed or facilitate citizen engagement and meaningful participation. She further said, “proactive disclosure of public information by MDAs as procuring entities, is central to progressive realization of open contracting and regulating beneficial ownership.”

 Giving his remarks, Dr. Edington Chilapondwa, Director of the PPDA and Co-chair of the Anti-Corruption Thematic area urged the stakeholders to resolve to make a difference. He said the fight against corruption should not focus on individuals but rather of procurement processes and systems. “It is the processes and systems that we need to tighten. All procurement processes and systems need to be transparent. We cannot talk about fairness and competitiveness without the processes being transparent” he said. 

Looking to Future 

As the nation moves forward, PPDA is geared to drive transparency, efficiency and fairs in public procurement and disposal matters. By harnessing the power of the Open Government Partnership framework, under the anti-corruption thematic area, PPDA has paved the way for a more transparent, accountable, and corruption-free future. We envisage a public procurement and free of governance challenges such as, grand corruption by public servants, collusion and fraud in public procurement, procurement monopolies and cronyism, rigging of the public procurement system and collusion involving price fixing.

The successful induction workshop on the Open Government Partnership has already yielded numerous positive impacts. Participants have returned to their respective organizations armed with actionable insights and a renewed commitment to curbing corruption. Furthermore, the collaborative networks established during the workshop are poised to drive continued progress in the realms of transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. 

This stands as a resounding success in the realm of promoting good governance practices. The workshop's emphasis on knowledge dissemination, stakeholder collaboration, and actionable commitment has catalyzed positive change and reinvigorated efforts to combat corruption. This milestone event serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating a path towards a more open, accountable, and corruption-resistant public sector.