"When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be."
Lord Kelvin



18 October 2017

The database created by CRCB contains contract level data of public procurement of Zagreb from January 2011 to September 2017 with balance sheet data of the winner companies.

The project was commissioned for the Centre for Peace Studies, Zagreb. The research was part of project under grant awarded by Central financing and contracting Agency  (CFCA) of Republic of Croatia, reference: EuropeAid/135874/ACT/ID/HR, Building Local Partnerships for Open Governance and Fight against Corruption in read more

Consultacy with the Commission of Budgetary Control of European Parliament

18 September  2017

The head of CRCB participated as an expert in the consultation with the Commission of Budgetary Control of European Parliament on Monday September 18th in Budapest and presented the CRCB’s research results on corruption risks, intensity of competition and the phenomenon of political favouritism in Hungarian public procurement.

The presentation (pdf)

The handout (pdf)

Data publication. The list of public tenders won by Orban’s close friends and family members with indicators read more


10 May 2017

Corruption risk demonstrates a deterioration in public spending. Transparency and publishing the list of tenders with highest corruption risks is a tool to fight against future corrupt activities.

The data reported/published here by CRCB aim to provide significant information by sharing all important elementary data of tenders with highest corruption risks in Hungary for the period 2010-2016 in a well-structured format. The source of information was the Hungarian government website (http://www.kozbeszerzes.hu/), read more

Data Publication for EU citizens – 2015/1

Transparency is a basic condition in spending public money.

This is true for EU funds collected from taxpayers of developed EU Member States. The data reported here by CRCB would like serve this aim by sharing all important elementary data of EU funded Hungarian projects and supported organizations for the period 2004-2012 in a well structured format. The sources of information were the Hungarian government websites, though they do not allow to download elementary data with a simple, structured format (xlsx or read more

Data publication for workshop at Big Data for Policy conference

A dataset and codes for analysis are released to support the workshop held by Mihály Fazekas at the conference: “Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges” at the University of Cambridge on the 17th of June 2015. The data and codes are solely for demonstrating some interesting ways structured public procurement data can be used to measure favouritism in government contracting.
Presentation slides
UK government supplier data (2009-2013): Public procurement supplier level dataset, halfyearly aggregation, contracts awarded by UK central read more

Data publication for social network analysis training

Sample extract from MaKAB (Hungarian Public Procurement Database) is used for Social Network Analysis training in Berlin, 7-8th of March 2014. The workshop is held by Francesco Calderoni from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore as part of the ANTICORRP  research project (Work Package 8-Corruption, assistance and development).

The network data refers to construction tenders worth at least 3 mill. HUF awarded in 2011, establishing links between issuers and bidders (winners as well as losers). In addition, the released read more

Data publication for Hungarian citizens – II.

Data publication for Hungarian citizens – II. Basic data on Hungarian public procurement spending in 2009-2012 using the MaKAB database, January 23 2014 [in Hungarian: Adatközlés a magyar állampolgárok számára – II.  A magyar közbeszerzések alapadatai 2009-2012 a MaKAB alapján, 2014 január 23.].
 “…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” [J. F. Kennedy]

PDF (in English)

PDF (in Hungarian)

Database for download, 24/01/2014 update (files are compressed with rar compression): por, savdtacsvxlsx

We are continuing this project. If you would like to join us, please contact read more

Data publication for Hungarian citizens – I.

Public Procurement & Grand Corruption: Report 05. Data publication for Hungarian citizens – I. Basic data on Hungarian public procurement spending in 2010-2011 using the MaKAB database [in Hungarian: Adatközlés a magyar állampolgárok számára – I. A magyar közbeszerzések alapadatai 2010-2011 a MaKAB alapján] February 2013.

PDF (in Hungarian)
Database for download (files are compressed with zip read more