The deals behind the meals

Open Contracting
Apr 10, 2018 · 15 min read

How open contracting helped fix Colombia’s biggest school meal program

An early start. The first food delivery for the children leaves the warehouses at 2:30am to arrive in time.

Large resources, little competition

“Using transparency and integrity as our guiding principles, we introduced new policies, opened up information about our contracts and involved citizens in that process.”

Maria Victoria Angulo

Bogotá’s Secretary of Education Maria Victoria Angulo with a group of students.

Cutting out the middlemen

Nicolas Penagos

Transparent prices

“Mayor Enrique Peñalosa and I set out radical reforms based on an open contracting approach. We established minimum and maximum prices for meals and we made the whole contracting process competitive and fully open, because our children need healthy food to thrive, and governments need transparency and integrity so that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely and truly benefits citizens. The multi-billion-dollar world of public contracting urgently needs a revolution, not only in Bogota’s School Feeding program but in every public contracting process: integrity and transparency must lead public management.”

María Victoria Angulo, Secretary of Education

Resistance, threats and boycotts

Active transparency

How does standardized open data help?

New opportunities for businesses

Luz Marina Rojas is the founder of the company Dipsa. She provides snacks to the Colombian airline Avianca and exports regionally.
Carlos Galeano, representative of El Recreo, shares a tip with parents: Kids’ favorite yogurt flavors are strawberry and blackberry, and yogurt with granola. Someone who offers them to more than 800,000 children a day should know.

With an eye on the data

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