Learning Review: Transparency International's Integrity Pacts for Public Procurement

Integrity Pacts were pioneered by Transparency International in the 1990s and are agreements between a government or government agencies and a company, or group of companies, participating in public procurement processes. Under the agreement, parties commit to refrain from bribing in any form, and from colluding with competitors. Integrity Pacts generally include an external monitor to oversee the procurement process with the aim of increasing transparency, levelling the playing field, and delivering efficiencies. 

The Basel Institute on Governance, in partnership with Blomeyer & Sanz, was commissioned by the Secretariat of Transparency International (TI) to conduct this Learning Review of Integrity Pacts in public procurement and in which TI Chapters (Chapters) have been involved in countries outside of the European Union.

This Learning Review aims to identify some of the principal elements of Integrity Pacts, particularly:

  • elements that distinguish them from other integrity-promoting tools in public procurement;
  • the performance of these elements;
  • weaknesses of Integrity Pacts;
  • how to structure an Integrity Pact (IP) such that they can be more effective in future. 
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