The British Academy has awarded a grant of £74 000 under the Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme 2014 to Prof Geo Quinot of APPRRU (as applicant) and Prof Sue Arrowsmith of Nottingham (as co-applicant) for a period of two years.
The purpose of the grant is to continue the work started under an earlier British Academy grant that saw the creation of APPRRU as a platform to facilitate research on public procurement law in Africa. The current project will aim to strengthen collaboration between the University of Nottingham’s Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) and APPRRU. It will also provide information and awareness of issues facing Africa to enable scholars and policy makers from outside Africa to take these into account.
The project programme will involve research resulting in scholarly articles in this field at the end of the two-years as well as teaching-related development, especially at post-graduate level. It will furthermore have important long-term objectives in supporting and developing the capacity of APPRRU to facilitate scholarship in this area in Africa. A key objective is thus to draw on and transfer the expertise of the PPRG in establishing and maintaining a centre of excellence in scholarship in public procurement, involving primary research, research collaboration such as through dedicated internet portals and conferences, teaching (especially at postgraduate level), capacity development beyond the university such as of practitioners and public officials, and direct participation in the development of policy and regulatory instruments in public procurement.
Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe of APPRRU was recognised as one of 92 researchers at Stellenbosch University who made the largest contribution to accredited publications and doctoral graduates at the university based on their 2012 outputs.
A total of 92 researchers performed in one or more of the three categories that were used for this purpose. With regards to accredited publications, two categories were taken into account, namely SU researchers who made the largest contribution with regards to the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)`s research publication subsidy units (cut-off 3.96 units), and SU researchers who produced the largest number of accredited research publications in collaboration with their national and international research partners and students (cut-off 10 publications) – in both categories the 2012 output year information was used. In this round, a third category was introduced that gives recognition to the contribution of researchers who produced 2 or more PhD`s in 2013.
Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice Rector (Research and Innovation) stated that publications and doctoral graduates are the most important outputs of SU researchers. “These activities contribute greatly to the expansion of the reputation of SU as an outstanding research university. More important is the fact that new knowledge generated at SU is being transferred to a worldwide audience in this way, and ensures the application of research results and the establishment of high-level human capacity”. Prof Cloete furthermore thanked SU researchers for their exceptional contribution to SU`s research efforts and mentioned that researchers who produce these types of outputs of the highest quality can be regarded as one of the most important assets at any university.
From the 1st to the 2nd December, 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe of APPRRU was invited to speak at the 4th Caribbean Public Procurement (Law & Practice) Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. She presented a paper on “Promoting Collective Action against Corruption” which can be found here. Her paper examined successful instances where collective action by the private sector had an impact on corruption in a particular jurisdiction in order to provide guidance for the Caribbean region. Corruption in public procurement and more generally is a problem in many developing countries and it is increasingly being realized that the private sector has to provide leadership in fighting corruption through collective action in states where the public sector is unwilling to do so.
Williams-Elegbe at the conference (centre) with Reginald Dumas (left) and Chris Yukins during the workshop
Williams-Elegbe also led a workshop with Professor Chris Yukins of George Washington University, USA on “Defence Procurement: Managing Debarment”.
On 10 November 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe of APPRRU was invited to speak at the First National Conference on Public Procurement, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria. The conference was a collaborative event between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the 36 states of the federation and was intended to provide a platform for dialogue and creation of synergy between procurement at the state and federal level. Sope’s paper was titled “Public Procurement Reforms: An Analysis of Examples in the African Region” and focused on the kinds of procurement reform in selected African countries. A copy of her presentation can be found here. Attached is a picture of Sope with Ms Marie-Francoise Marie Nelly, the Country Director of the World Bank, Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Edo State, Nigeria and Dr. Ama Eyo also of the APPRRU and Bangor University, Wales.
Dr Williams-Elegbe (second from right) with (from left) Ms Marie-Francoise Marie Nelly, the Country Director of the World Bank, Nigeria, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the Governor of Edo State, Nigeria and Dr. Ama Eyo also of APPRRU and Bangor University, Wales
The programme for the Public Procurement: Global Revolutions VII conference to be held in Nottingham, England from 15-16 June 2015 is now out. The conference will feature papers on procurement law developments from across the world, including perspectives on African procurement regulation.
On 19 November 2014 Geo Quinot of APPRRU participated in a conference on The Public Private Divide: Conference on Semi-public Institutions and Public Contracts at the VU University Amsterdam hosted by the Public Contracts: Law & Governance programme of the Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance. The aim of the conference was to discuss the public-private divide from various points of view with a focus on the position and role of semi-public institutions and of public contracts. Quinot’s paper focused on semi-public institutions and how these hybrid entities can be understood within traditional approaches to private and public law.
The conference culminated in the public defence by Niels Jak of his PhD dissertation entitled Semipublieke instellingen: De juridische positie van instellingen op het snijvlak van overheid en samenleving. In writing this study, Jak visited APPRRU twice to conduct research on the position of semi-public institutions in the South African context.
Speakers at the conference: From left: Proff Frank van Ommeren (VU), Quinot, Chris Jansen (VU), Ulrich Stelkens (University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany) & Mark Freedland (Oxford)
Participants at the APPRRU workshop
In September 2014 APPRRU hosted a workshop at National Treasury in Pretoria around procurement law reform in South Africa. Leading legal practitioners in the area of public procurement regulation joined academics from APPRRU and policy-makers from Treasury to discuss current initiatives in drafting a new public procurement regulator statute that can provide the institutional basis for comprehensive reform of the public procurement regulatory regime. Participants discussed a working draft bill prepared in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in Treasury as well as the procurement chapter of the draft Treasury Regulations under the Public Finance Management Act. The workshop was a follow-up on the earlier work done by Prof Quinot of APPRRU for Treasury on the legal landscape governing procurement regulation in South Africa.
Participants at the APPRRU workshop
Participants at the APPRRU workshop
On the 14th of August 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe represented APPRRU at the 6th International Public Procurement Conference in Dublin, Ireland. She presented a paper titled “The Evolution of the World Bank’s Procurement Policy”. More information on the 6th IPPC can be found on the conference website>>
Dr Williams-Elegbe presenting at the 6th IPPC
On the 22nd July 2014, Dr Sope Williams-Elegbe was invited by the UN Economic Commission for Africa to speak at the Senior Experts Dialogue on “Science, Technology, and Innovation and the African Transformation Agenda: Making New Technologies work for Africa’s Transformation”. She spoke on the topic of technology, innovation and governance.
Dr Williams-Elegbe (centre) with other participants at the World Bank colloquium on suspension and debarment.
On 15th May 2014, Dr. Sope Williams-Elegbe was invited by the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment to speak at the 2nd colloquium on suspension and debarment which held in Washington DC. Sope was on a panel with other experts who discussed the relationship between debarment and other legal and administrative sanctions.