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Elevate public services.

You want contracts that deliver results for everyone. You also know change is hard. Open Contracting Lift can help you go further, faster.

How will you change public contracting to radically improve goods, works or services?

Open Contracting Lift is a new program that will help teams of bold procurement reformers propel their ambitious plans towards systemic change.

Open Contracting Lift is a new program to help teams of bold procurement reformers propel their ambitious plans towards systemic impact.

Your goal could be to use contracting to better serve:

  • Citizens: building safer roads, making buses run on time, stocking hospitals with the best medicines or hiring qualified school teachers. 
  • Businesses: boosting opportunities for women’s, minority-owned or local businesses, delivering the highest quality products and services or saving time and hassle.
  • Government officials: encouraging innovation and better results, increasing competition and integrity, using data and insight for decision-making or working more efficiently.

Over 14 months, you’ll receive extensive, tailored support from leading experts and peers to deliver better goods, works or services for everyone through new contracting strategies. Learn how to build buy-in, open up data, and establish better ways to make public contracting effective and fair.

Why apply?


Propel your reform ambitions.

Get better results from your reform project. Create effective public contracting strategies that will help you achieve your ambitious goals.


Learn globally, change locally.

With 100 days of technical support, you will get bespoke guidance on how to use public contracting to deliver better results. Learn about what works and which mistakes to avoid when building buy-in, using open data and implementing results-driven contracting strategies with vendors and stakeholders.


Join a community of reformers.

Connect with experienced peers who have led successful reforms and overcome similar challenges. Co-work with experts who can help you adapt proven solutions to your context. All applicants will be invited to join an online community to share progress and lessons with fellow practitioners.

Who can apply?


Plans for impact from contracting.

Lift is open to teams working to improve the quality of public goods, works or services. You wish to serve your citizens better, engage more diverse vendors or help governments save time and money. You have a clear goal in mind and a problem that you are trying to solve—at the national, regional, city, or municipality level.


Projects with momentum, at all levels of maturity.

Teams can be working on projects at different stages of development. You could be embarking on a new initiative or working to refine and scale a piloted solution. Projects will need to show demonstrated support from senior leadership to qualify.


Teams who can drive change.

Lift is all about having the capacity to make your big idea reality. Your team should include at least two key roles: someone who can build political support and someone who can navigate the procurement system. If your project requires expertise in a highly technical area, such as data or technology, you should also have a technical expert on your team. Lift is open to teams from any sector and most countries.

See more about eligibility criteria