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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 deemed “Good”, “Satisfactory”, or “Problematic” by the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index 2019. (Countries deemed “Difficult” by this index will undergo additional consideration. See the Application Scoring Guide for details.);
  • 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. Read through the Lift Applicant Handbook and join our informational webinars on 11 and 31 July for all the ins-and-outs you need to know before you apply.

Do you want to have a quick overview of the application questionnaire? Check out this Google Doc.

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, these case 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 Guidelines.

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 in October. Final decisions on which applicants will be invited to join Lift will be made by OCP and Reboot.

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.

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 is Executive Chair for Apolitical and co-founded Assemblyfor, applying behavioral science to policy and social change, and WithoutViolence, an organization supporting people and policies to prevent violence against children. Previously, she was COO of Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the US. She is an author, regular commentator and moderator for outlets including NPR, MSNBC, CBS and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has worked in government for the City of Seattle. She is a WEF Young Global Leader, she sat for 3 terms on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Behaviour and now co-chairs the Forum’s Agile Governance Global Future Council and serves on a board for the U.S. Government's National Academy of Science and Engineering.


Warren Smith

Warren was appointed Director of the Digital Marketplace at the beginning of August 2016. He has been responsible for ensuring that the Digital Marketplace directly supports the UK government’s reform of digital, data and technology, and 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 - the foundation of the step-change in procurement envisioned in the Government Transformation Strategy, and a priority for 2020. Warren has over 25 years experience in procurement and supply chain management, across the private and public sectors. During the last 10 years, Warren has led highly transformative projects to introduce new ways of thinking and working in procurement and contracting.


Vinay Sharma

Vinay joined the World Bank as a Director in 2017. He has over thirty years of experience, much of which has been at senior leadership positions responsible for policy formulation, project management, developing strategic alliances and implementation of reforms. Before joining the World Bank, Vinay was the Director of the African Development Bank’s Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department. He worked on procurement, financial management, and anti-corruption, and handled a wide range of broad public sector governance and management issues. Vinay also served as Head of Operations and Management at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in India. Vinay is a Civil Engineer by training.