John Hawkins is a specialist in infrastructure governance, having worked in the sector for over 20 years and authored several publications looking at issues of corruption, procurement, and social development within the infrastructure sector.
John has been involved in the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) since it was launched as a pilot in 2008 with eight participating countries. He managed the UK pilot. He currently serves as its Programmes Director, where he has responsibilities for CoST’s strategic, policy, and technical development.
We sat with John to discuss CoST’s approach in improving transparency, participation, and accountability in public infrastructure. This is all the more important given renewed attention to infrastructure investment to “build back better” from the pandemic.