CoST seeks to help participating countries deliver better value from public infrastructure.This goal is to achieve the delivery of good quality infrastructure projects at lower cost, with increased predictability of outcomes.
The processes which CoST goes through work towards this goal are shown in the results chain diagram below and can be summarised as follows:
- CoST provides support to governments to put systems in place that allow public access to reliable and detailed construction project information.
- CoST also provides support to Multi-Stakeholder Groups to oversee the validation and interpretation of the information and build the capacity of the target audiences to understand what the information means to them.
- Empowered with information and understanding, stakeholders (citizens, media, parliament, oversight agencies) raise challenges over poor performance, perceived mismanagement, or corruption. Where possible, they will demand better project outcomes, savings, and more effective and efficient governance systems for delivery.
- Government responds to the concerns raised, by commissioning audits into specific projects or wider reviews into the performance of an agency or the sector as a whole. It is equipped with information to investigate alleged mismanagement and corruption and can act subsequently to sanction staff or prosecute offenders.
The CoST Programme provides technical and financial support and facilitates the exchange of experience and knowledge that will help improve transparency practices around the world.