Call for Expression of Interest
for development of the Integrity Watch digital platforms for four Western Balkan Countries and Turkey
Invitation for Prequalification No.: 001-2023-KDI
Project: Integrity Watch in the Western Balkans and Turkey: civil society combating corruption with political integrity data
Project Number: IPA/2022/ 440-922
Client: Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI)
Issued on: 7 August 2023
Application Closing Date: 23:59 CET (GMT+2) on 21 August 2023
Type of Contract: Services
Award Type of Procedure: Restricted Procedure
Award Criteria: Most Economically Advantageous Tender [Best Value]
Estimated Award Value: NTE [Not-to-Exceed] 62,500.00 EUR
Award Start and End Date: October 2023 until 28 February 2026 (project end date)
Location of Works: Remote
Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI) is a non-for-profit organization, and its work is guided towards a corruption free environment where institutions, business and citizens exercise their rights and roles with integrity and dignity. Its mission is to support the development of participatory democracy and the fight against corruption through promotion of transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and sectors of society.
The regional project “Integrity Watch in the Western Balkans and Turkey: civil society combating corruption with political integrity data” funded by European Commission is an innovative civil society initiative in the field of anti-corruption and political integrity implemented in the region by national chapters of Transparency International (TI). It is led by Kosova Democratic Institute in partnering with Transparency International chapters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia and Türkiye, whilst Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin provides thematic and technical support. The action is built upon the existing Integrity Watch 3.0 action conducted in most of the European Union Member States and adjusted to domestic needs of the Western Balkans and Turkey. This action focuses on the following most relevant areas for anti-corruption and political integrity in the region: 1) the opacity of political finance, 2) the undue influence of vested interests in law-making, and 3) favoritism in public contracting. Therefore, overall objective of this regional project is to empower citizens and civil society actors organized at large in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey to hold their political office holders to account for the integrity of political finance, law-making and resource allocation. Hence, strengthened political integrity shall foster more public decisions consistent with the common good.
Kosova Democratic Institute (accredited chapter of Transparency International in Kosovo) intends to develop the online platform that monitors integrity in political decision making in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. The platform shall mirror the already existing platforms of other TI Chapters, which include types of data such as public contracting, business ownership, legislative voting, etc.). Additionally, the platform shall have built-in detection tools of conflicts of interest, undue influence and flows of criminal money by cross-referencing them. Kosova Democratic Institute aims to identify potential suppliers/offerors who can provide cost-effective, reproducible detection and visualization tools in each of the partner countries in line with the visual identity and functionality developed for Integrity Watch EU and Integrity Watch 3.0.
The purpose of this Call for Expression of Interest is to identify and prequalify eligible individual experts and/or businesses for prospective award supporting activity implementation under project “Integrity Watch in the Western Balkans and Turkey: civil society combating corruption with political integrity data”], Pr. No. IPA/2022/ 440-922, financed by the European Commission. Interested expert individuals and businesses specialized in Information Technology (see below 1.3, for more details) are invited to submit their letters of interest for consideration in the procurement procedures [request for proposals] highlighting their relevant capacities, expertise, skills, and ability to support the delivery of sought specific results as outlined in section 1.3 below.
All interested parties that wish to participate in this Open Call for Expression of Interest are requested to send their submission (Completed attachments I, II and III (ALL sections)) by email with the Subject clearly marked “KDI Open Call for Expression of Interest – for development of the Integrity Watch digital platforms for four Western Balkan Countries and Turkey” at the following email address:
OR delivered in a sealed envelope clearly marked “KDI Open Call for Expression of Interest – for development of the Integrity Watch digital platforms for four Western Balkan Countries and Turkey” at the following address:
Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI)
Str. “Bajram Kelmendi”, #239
not later than the 21 of August 2023.
Applications must be submitted in English.
The link for the application is available here.
Any requests for additional information should be addressed in writing before 14th of August 2023 at the same e-mail: [email protected]. KDI responses to any queries or clarification requests will be made available to all online www.kdi-kosova.org on or before 18th of August 2023.
Applications will be assessed by an evaluation committee to identify individual experts and businesses that have the mandate, capacities, and comparative advantage to support the achievement of results for development of the Integrity Watch digital platforms for four Western Balkans’ countries and Turkey using criteria outlined in section 1.3 below.
It should be noted that participation in this Open Call for Expression of Interest does not guarantee the individual experts and/or businesses will be ultimately selected to receive the Request for Proposal.
Selected individual experts and/or businesses will be invited through a specific Request for Proposal to submit their detailed technical and financial proposals for implementation of the activity “development of the Integrity Watch digital platforms for four Western Balkan Countries and Turkey.”
Individual experts and businesses with experience and expertise in information technology field and tools listed below are encouraged to apply:
For successful implementation of the activities underlined under deliverables, the applicants are expected to possess the minimum of the following qualifications:
Proof of the applicant’s technical capabilities should be clearly underlined in section 3 of the application form.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by communication sent out to the email/postal address that is indicated in the applicant’s submission.
*Failure to complete and submit any of the attachments will be considered as grounds for disqualification.