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Transparency in Construction (UK0050)



Action Plan: United Kingdom – Second National Action Plan 2013-2015

Action Plan Cycle: 2013

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Department for International Development (DFID), Infrastructure UK

Support Institution(s): CSOs: CoST, Engineers Against Poverty, Institution of Civil Engineers, Integrity Action, Transparency International UK

Policy Areas

Infrastructure & Transport, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: United Kingdom End-of-Term Report 2013-2015, United Kingdom Progress Report 2013-2015

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Public Accountability

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Promoting transparency and accountability in infrastructure will achieve impact in four interrelated areas:
- reductions in corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency
- creating a business environment in which contracts are awarded solely on the basis of price and quality
- better value for money invested in infrastructure
- better quality infrastructure and services
The beneficiaries of these improvements are all those who contribute to the public purse through taxation and/or use public infrastructure. Private sector organisations that follow principles of integrity and efficient management in bidding for and undertaking construction work will also benefit.
Our vision is for all governments to be applying the principles of openness and accountability to government funded construction projects. Realising this vision is an enormous task and requires action on many fronts, but the commitments included here will help demonstrate how it can be achieved.
Timescales: The key milestones for this commitment are:
- apply CoST disclosure requirements on additional projects in the UK by 2015
- use government’s bilateral and multilateral relationships to encourage the establishment of at least four new national CoST programmes by 2015 in countries where DFID is working


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