Attendees at the 2015 Global Revolutions VII conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
APPRRU members at Global Revolutions VII (from left) Ama Eyo, Geo Quinot and Sope Williams-Elegbe with Annamaria La Chimia of the PPRG.
APPRRU once again supported the Public Procurement Research Group of the University of Nottingham in hosting the seventh event in the series of international conferences under the banner of Public Procurement: Global Revolution. This year’s event was held from 15 to 16 June 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Apart from acting as chairs of various conference sessions, three APPRRU researchers read papers at the conference.
Sope Williams-Elegbe presented a paper on “Debarment: A Cross-Jurisdictional Evaluation”.
Williams-Elegbe delivering her paper at Global Revolutions VII.
Ama Eyo’s paper was entitled “E-procurement in practice: Reflections on the “SQuID” experience in Wales”.
Geo Quinot presenting at Global Revolutions VII.
Geo Quinot spoke about “Balancing functionality assessment and policy considerations in complex procurement in Africa”.
David Green, Director of the Serious Fraud Office, UK, Sope Williams-Elegbe, Lisa Risley, Assistant Inspector General, USAID and Catherine Trujillo, Deputy Inspector General, USAID.
From the 9th to the 11th of March 2015, Dr. Sope Williams-Elegbe was invited to speak at the first Fraud and Anti-Corruption Conference of the Office of the Contractor-General in Kingston, Jamaica.
The conference theme was “Confronting Corruption: Empowering a Generation, Transforming a Nation”. It was a very high level event convened to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to facilitate better cooperation and share ideas on the anti-corruption regime in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Sope’s paper was titled “Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement in Developing Countries” and provided practical information on how procurement officials, investigators and law enforcement personnel may limit and uncover corrupt practices in public procurement. A copy of her presentation can be found here.
Dirk Harrison, Contractor-General of Jamaica, Sope Williams-Elegbe, Stephon Grey, Director, BDO Forensic Accounting Ltd and Staff Sergeant Les Dolhoun, Team Lead, Financial Integrity Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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”.