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Inclusive Contracting in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

Contratación Inclusiva en Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenia

Contrats Inclusifs à Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

OGP Local workshop in Elegyo-Marakwet, Kenya

Lessons from Reformers

Although Kenya’s Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) program requires that 30% of procurement opportunities be allocated to women, youth, and people with disabilities, these groups still face significant obstacles in the procurement market related to finance and expertise. Unfortunately, unethical contractors have taken advantage by using proxies to capitalize on the AGPO policy.

To address these issues, as part of its first OGP action plan in 2017, the county government held a training specifically for special interest groups—including women, youth, and people with disabilities—on how to access government procurement opportunities. This work continues in the current 2018–2020 action plan, in which the government commits to implement several policies aimed at further involving the public in the procurement process and, in particular, combating the abuse of AGPO so that special interest groups can take full advantage of procurement opportunities.

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