Open Health Procurement Processes in South Africa

Corruption Watch, in partnership with Transparency International, have embarked on a project called Open Contracting for Health, the aim of which is to advocate for greater transparency in health procurement processes. This research, conducted with Open Cities Lab, forms part of this project.

The 5 stages of the open procurement process (planning, tender, award, contract, implementation)

The scope of work was as follows:

  • Conducting a rapid assessment of national and provincial health procurement portals, assessing the availability of information on the portals (3 national portals and 9 provincial portals were selected for the rapid assessment).
  • Selection of 3 portals for additional in-depth technical review, including:
    • Scraping and development of a data catalogue using Open Contracting Data Standards
    • Analysis to determine which procurement health indicators are possible using the available fields and data.
    • Recommendations based on the above analysis including what additional fields should be included and what interventions should be prioritised by portal owners for improved procurement processes.
    • Analysis on overlap and peculiarities of data on the portals when compared to each other.

The three portals selected for these deep dives were the eTenders Publication Portal, the North West Department of Health Website and the Gauteng Provincial Government Tender Information Portal.

A policy brief and summary report was launched on 30 March 2021. You can see the summary report here.