Why is procurement important? (Factsheet)

Authors: 
OECD. Development Assistance Committee
Organisation(s): 
OECD. Development Assistance Committee
Imprint: Paris, OECD, 2006
Collation: 2 p.

In the 1990s corruption was rampant in the Department of Education in the Philippines. The department was unable to deliver the most basic services to its 18 million public school students. Unqualified bidders were over-pricing their school text books and corrupt officials were awarding them contracts to deliver books which seldom arrived at schools. In 2001 a new government decided to fight corruption and reform the way text books were ordered and delivered. The ‘Textbook Count 1-2-3’ project made sure that every text book was accounted for and delivered. NGOs, parents, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides were all involved, including the Coca Cola Company who agreed to deliver text books for free in their trunks when delivering soft drinks to remote areas.

 

Primary education, Secondary education
Corporate sector, Corruption, Development aid, Economic and social development, Educational management, Central administration, Non-governemental organizations, Parents, Procurement, Students, Textbooks / didactic materials
Asia and the Pacific
Philippines