Transforming public procurement in education: a lesson on open contracting from Ukraine

Viktor Nestulia

Procurement and corruption in Ukraine’s education sector

When we looked into public procurement of the Department of Education of Poltava city (300,000 habitants in Ukraine) we noticed many direct contracts for window replacements in various schools of the city. Each contract had the same supplier and, at ±$59,990, were just below the competitive threshold of $60,000. 24 contracts for more than $1,000,000. It was obvious that something was wrong. After a brief analysis of the signed contracts, we identified that the average price per window replacement was about $760.