OUR TOP FEATURES OF 2022
2022 was a year to remember how transparency in infrastructure improves the lives of citizens around the world. This year, new partners joined the initiative, while chapters promoted access to information and fostered dialogues on the challenges facing each region.
In addition, we were nominated for the Basel Institute award for Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action and presented the first edition of the Alfredo Cantero Award.
The following is a summary of the highlights of the year:
Coamo joins CoST as the first jurisdiction in Puerto Rico and US
Last May, the Municipality of Coamo became the first jurisdiction in Puerto Rico and the United States to join CoST. The non-profit organization Sembrando Sentido and the League of Puerto Rican Cities, join in collaboration with the municipalities of Coamo and Toa Baja to launch the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative, as affiliate members.
CoST chapters promote open data in Latin America
Transparency in infrastructure allows monitoring of the public resources to be used efficiently in favor of the population. During 2022, CoST International, through its chapters in Latin America (LAC), promotes initiatives that allow citizens to have accessible, reliable and timely information.
CoST was nominated for a Basel Institute award for Outstanding Achievement in Collective Action
Whilst we didn’t win, we are proud that our work has been recognised through this nomination. Recieving a nomination wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of all of the CoST country members across four continents, working not only on anti corruption, but other important issues such as sustainability, climate change, gender equality at their intersection with infrastructure.
A virtual symposium to share perspectives on advancing transparency in public infrastructure projects in Africa
On July, speakers and participants from governments, development partners, private sector, and civil society jointed for virtual regional symposium on “Imagine an Africa with Infrastructure Transparency” to share perspectives on advancing transparency in public infrastructure projects in Africa.
CoST offers technical supports in Metro selection in Quito
On July 15th, the Municipality of Quito selected the operator of the Quito Metro, an emblematic project of Ecuador. CoST International participated in this process offering technical support, to promote transparency mechanisms and international procurement standards. The project was financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
CoST presented the Annual Report 2021
2021 saw, not only the continuation of the pandemic and its impacts, but the continuation of climate change on CoST regions and of corruption in public procurement. Despite the tests faced, CoST’s 2021 achievements across the globe highlight the importance of us strengthening multi-stakeholder working; disclosure; assurance and social accountability across the globe.
CoST joined RISE Ukraine
In solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their resistance to Russia’s illegal war, CoST joined the RISE Ukraine coalition. Through this important initiative we are cooperating with Ukrainian and international organisations to ensure that Ukraine’s reconstruction is undertaken with integrity, sustainability and efficiency.
CoST takes part in the 2022 OECD Infrastructure Forum
Through its Executive Director, Petter Matthews, CoST takes part in the 2022 OECD Infrastructure Forum to discuss about the fundamentality of transparency accountability and multi-stakeholder working, the work of CoST Ukraine and the RISE coalition, and the importance of international solidarity.
CoST Uganda wins the first ever Alfredo Cantero Awards
CoST announced on October 31, its Uganda chapter as the winner of the Alfredo Cantero 2022 award, in recognition of its efforts to promote transparency, citizen participation and accountability to improve lives through infrastructure.
CoST utilises the ITI tool in Asia
CoST socialized the Infrastructure Transparency Index (ITI) in Asian countries, as a tool that can be useful in order to make public infrastructure projects transparent and improve the quality of life of citizens.