Transparency of Major International Events Budgets


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Challenger : Open Contracting Partnership

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In a nutshell: Fair play for the Olympic Games: Mapping the euros, deals and players in delivering the largest sport event in the world

Sports is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. However, the scale of the fraud, corruption, doping, match-fixing, financial mismanagement and various other cases of abuse is mind-boggling. Public perceptions of sports integrity are poor: for example, the UK public considers sport to be the second most corrupt sector in the country.

Sporting mega-events are especially susceptible to these risks. In Brazil, a slew of corruption allegations abound over the Olympics and World Cup sporting events, including an alleged US$3.7 million paid to former Rio Mayor.

Cost and time overruns were also routine, with the final costs on the Olympics Subway Line in Rio de Janeiro jumping from US$236 million to US$2.5 billion. In another example on one contract for the installation of air conditioning, the cost overrun was more than a thousand times the original contract value!

Clearly, much more needs to be done to safeguard the integrity of sports and its infrastructure so that it can live up to its transformative potential of delivering positive change for all citizens.

The Paris Olympics and Paralympics in 2024 are estimated to cost nearly US$8 billion, and companies are already eyeing contracts related to infrastructure and other sectors. The Mayor of Paris has promised that the city will stay under budget. Paris will be among the first hosts to officially pledge to prevent corruption in its management of the Games.

High risk, mega-investments are exactly where open contracting can help Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. The Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) which enables users and partners around the world to publish shareable, reusable, machine-readable data, can set a new global standard about how to do business and deliver complex projects through an approach called open contracting, so any official, business or citizen will be able follow sports infrastructure expenditure and delivery.

Challenge’s objectives :

  • Collaborate with hackathon participants to map the flow and the stakeholders of potential money and contracts for Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.

  • Outline articulated use cases of how to open up and share the information to stakeholders and how it will could be used to improve competition, value for money and public trust.

  • Share lessons from this exercise to set a new standard for future sporting mega-events in terms of public openness and good management.

Possible Outcomes:

  • A detailed mapping of all the French olympics potential flow of contracts and articulated use cases of how & why to share info
  • Challenges and opps, user personas
  • Data availability - what we have and what is needed

Mentors : Carey Kluttz (head of local programs) + Fabrice Lacroix (Financial director of Olympics Committee) + Michael Brenner (Head of Design DATA4CHAN.GE)


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