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Ready to level up? Review the resources below to create your best application. Deadline to apply is August 12, 2019.


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Find out if you’re eligible.

All applicants should be:

  • Pursuing a project that aims to improve the quality of public goods, works or services through contracting,
  • A team with at least two key members: someone who can build political support (what we call a Field Influencer) and someone who can navigate the procurement system (what we refer to as a Bureaucracy Navigator); and, if the project requires a technology solution, a technical expert,
  • Able to deliver their project with existing technical infrastructure,
  • Working in a country/region deemed “Free” or “Partially Free”, based on Freedom House’s scoring;
  • Committed to participate fully in the 14-month program.

Get tips to ace the application.

The Lift application will be open for 6 weeks, until August 12, 2019. Join our informational webinars on July 11 and July 31 for all of the ins-and-outs you’ll need to know before you apply.

Be inspired.

Browse these OCP case studies for a closer look into the kind of impact you could achieve through Lift (see Bogotá, Paraguay, Ukraine), and the types of projects this program aims to support (see examples from Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Los Angeles, Nigeria, Paris, Philadelphia, Nepal, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uganda). 

In addition, thesecase studies showcase how we’ve helped governments tackle ambitious reforms. For more on our approach to building open and accountable governments, see Reboot’s website.

Get in touch.

Have more questions? Reach out to us at info@open-contracting.org.


Applications will be scored up to a total of 20 points against the following key criteria:


The potential impact of your project to improve the quality of public goods, works or services (50% of total score)


The feasibility of implementing your project within your context (30% of total score)


The capacity of your team to deliver on your project (20% of total score)

For a detailed breakdown of the scoring guidelines, see the Application Scoring Guide.

The Process

First, a panel of judges will review the written applications, then OCP and Reboot will have up to two interviews with each of the short-listed teams and conduct reference checks. Winners will be announced on XXX

If your team is not selected.

All applicants will get direct feedback on their submission. We would like to publicly share summaries of all complete and relevant applications submitted. Everyone is encouraged to join the OC Lift Public Slack through this link to stay in touch with other members of the community. We also organize frequent community calls, which are advertised on our OCDS Google group, newsletter, Twitter and Facebook pages and social media. You can reach out to the OCP team at info@open-contracting.org if you have a question about the implementation of the data standard.

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An expert panel of reviewers.

This is the stellar team who will evaluate all applications.

Seember Nyager

Seember Nyager

Seember Nyager is a public policy manager at Google. Previously, she was CEO at the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) in Nigeria, an organization that mobilizes people to monitor and report on public procurement to improve the quality of public services. Through PPDC, she played a leading role in securing Nigeria’s commitment to join the Open Government Partnership, and to adopt the Open Contracting Data Standard.

Lindsey Marchessault

Lindsey Marchessault

Lindsey is OCP’s Director for Data and Engagement, She leads OCP’s engagement with country implementers, is responsible for the stewardship of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and managing the OCDS Helpdesk. In her work, she advises on policy reform to implement open contracting and supports the co-creation of tools, methodologies, and feedback loops to ensure that open contracting delivers impact.

Felipe Estefan

Felipe Estefan

Felipe leads Luminate’s efforts in Latin America, managing grants and investments focused on advancing civic empowerment, independent media, data and digital rights, and financial transparency in the region. A founding member of the Open Contracting Partnership, Felipe also previously worked as an open government strategist at the World Bank, advancing efforts to foster collaboration between state and non-state organizations.

Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter is the Co-Founder of Apolitical, a global peer-to-peer learning platform for government used by public servants in 170+ countries. It’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of government while tapping the $8 trillion global procurement spend. Lisa is an entrepreneur, author and public speaker with 25 years experience working at the intersection of business, politics, policy, government and behavioral science. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and co-chairs the Agile Governance Global Future Council.

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

Warren is the Digital Marketplace Director and Head of the Global Digital Marketplace Programme at the UK Government Digital Service (GDS). He ensures that the Marketplace continues to help the public sector to buy what it needs to deliver great digital services. Through his work at GDS, Warren has been instrumental in introducing user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches to public procurement and contracting, significantly increasing SME supplier participation in the UK and helping support procurement transparency efforts in emerging economies around the world.

Vinay Sharma

Vinay Sharma

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