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You're reading: Public procurement websites fail to serve their purpose

In practice, unfortunately, after three months of
monitoring, Transparency International Ukraine was unable to find a
single web portal that met even a minimal level of transparency.

Why is this important? Because public
spending accounts for almost half of Ukraine’s gross domestic product
(http://www.heritage.org/index/country/ukraine)
and the national tax burden is equivalent to almost forty percent of
total domestic income – which means Ukrainians contribute a larger
share of their national wealth to their government than
high-functioning welfare states like Canada, Australia, and Japan. So
how can the average citizen, or even a more knowledgeable journalist
or academic, track where the money is going?

To find out, we established a set of
criteria that emphasized both how much information is available on
each web portal as well as how easy it is to navigate. There were
twenty-eight criteria in total, subdivided into six basic
categories:

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