Nation, IEA ink open contracting portal deal

In a bid to lift the lid on the secretive tendering industry, the Nation Media Group (NMG) has inked a partnership deal that will see it increase coverage on public procurement. On July 22nd, 2019 , NMG signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) and Hivos East Africa that will enable them establish an online open contracting portal. The portal will support media story linkages, data backed storytelling, access to information for research and support the shelf-life of procurement related stories after first publication. Speaking during the signing of the MoU at the Nation  Centre, NMG Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu said the partnership will play a major watchdog role. “This partnership will entrench the Group’s mission of positively transforming the society by promoting transparency and accountability in public resource management,” said Mr. Mathiu, noting that the platform will enable the public interrogate government decisions on public procurement.

By Magdalene Wanja