Public procurement is a key tool for improved governance and poverty reduction.
However, the procurement function is seriously affected by direct and indirect
corruption, which is presumably perpetuated by the political leaders and the
civil servants. The politicians approve the procurement plan and budgets as well
as do the monitoring of the process while the civil servants technically manage
the procurement process. With an increase in the levels of public procurement
corruption, a strategy to minimize the trend requires a collaborative approach
between these two key stakeholders.